Dell Launches Studio Hybrid PC

The Dell Studio Hybrid PC is about the size of a "collegiate dictionary," according to the Round Rock, Tex.-based PC maker. It can be set up horizontally or vertically to fit in any room in any niche in the house. It comes in seven finishes: bamboo, emerald, quartz, ruby, sapphire, slate, and topaz.

Starting at $499, the Studio Hybrid PC is available through Dell immediately and will be available through retailers in the fall. The PC is about 80 percent smaller than a typical desktop minitower, uses up to 70 percent less energy and is Energy Star 4.0 compliant, according to Dell.

"Our goal was to design a desktop that fits in the office or in the living room, or anywhere space is at a premium," said Michael Scheschuk, desktop product marketing, in a statement. "We've created a desktop PC category that combines style, performance and a high degree of energy efficiency."

Other options include Wi-Fi networking, a wireless keyboard and mouse, a TV tuner and Blu-Ray Disc drive.

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Dell also launched the Inspiron 518 desktop PC and the Inspiron 13 notebook.

The Inspiron 13 weighs about five pounds and has a 13-inch high-definition display. Options include built-in wireless networking, webcam and Bluetooth connectivity. Starting Aug 3, the Inspiron 13 will be available at Wal-Mart for $699. Fully-configurable versions will be available from later in the month.

The Inspiron 518 desktop, in black with chrome accents, is designed for home use with Gigabit Ethernet, DX10 integrated graphics and a 500 GB optional hard drive and quad-core processors. The Inspiron 518, available from Dell, starts at $349.