"The Stud-Hybrid: An Overpriced, Cute Toy PC?"1.5 starson by miniPC_Dude
Pros: Low power consumption helps lower energy bills. Space-saving design leads to more efficient desktops. It's kind of cute.
Cons: Attains low power consumption and compact size with weak CPU horsepower, lack of expandability options for peripherals and underachieving graphics capabilities for 3D gaming, Blu-ray viewing and media-centric workstations.
Summary: The new, space-saving Studio Hybrid is the first of its kind: a "toy PC" from Dell - possibly aimed at kids or their hapless soccer moms/dads with limited budgets this year for wrapping paper. Perhaps this cute PC will become a cartoon character one day: the Stud-Hybrid (and his automobile sister who can rev up her MPGs and say "bye-bye" to the sinister Crude Oil Baron).
LESS IS LESS
The Stud-Hybrid uses less power than a conventional PC, however it manages to pull off this "green feat" in ways that would irk many grown-ups: poor or no expandability options for USB 2.0, e-SATA, PCI-e, WLAN 802.11 b/g... and its GMA X3100 doesn't offer the punch of true 1080p HD for full Blu-ray viewing. Gamers beware: you must be under this height to dare put a persistent universe on a Stud-Hybrid.
I have yet to find any Stud-Hybrid disclaimers about how its tiny cooling system can keep itself cool-to-the-touch or whether the little buddy has noiseless operation (shhh!) and shock absorption to fend off bruises - the Stud-Hybrid looks fairly easy to stomp, bump or push off a desktop, eh? That said, Dell does give the Stud-Hybrid a helmet available in various lollipop colors... but with what intent? Parachuters jumping 5000 feet also put on helmets, you know, in case the parachute doesn't open.
STYLING RATING: Hot
The Stud-Hybrid is like an actor on a TV show that takes place on a beach in that although it looks the part, it can't quite act the part. Such a qualification, however, for certain buyers may be enough to pull the lever. Its sleek, attractive skin can be decorated with stick-on laptop PC tats such as "I'm goin' process you, fool... in a long series of 1(s) and 0(s)!" Equally or more popular are stickers of flowers, personalized street signs, unicorn holograms, sports team logos and colleges, etc.
VERSUS A LAPTOP
A tug-of-war it is not: the laptop easily wins. Perhaps I could contrive some props for the Stud-Hybrid based on its monitor flexibility for those who want to squint at a screen exceeding 12"-17" - but the durn thing doesn't support dual displays nor does it support true 1080p HD home theater viewing or true 3D gaming graphics.