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Go ahead and accuse the folks at Zotac of being small minded, so long as you're referring to their penchant for kicking out tiny PCs you can fit in the palm of your hand. The Hong Kong maker of mini PCs announced three new second-generation Zbox models today at CES in Las Vegas, including the Zbox ID81, ID80, and AD04, each with an external Wi-Fi antenna, integrated Bluetooth 3.0, and bundled Media Remote with USB IR receiver for use with Microsoft Windows Media Center, XBMC, and other media player applications.
"The original Zotac Zbox series mini-PCs have been a major success since we debuted the line up nearly 2 years ago. We take feedback from our users and customers seriously," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC® International. “The new enhancements we’re introducing with the Zotac Zbox ID81, ID80, AD04 series and the 2nd generation Zboxplatform are the result of the feedback we received."
Zotac's Zbox AD04 is the only one of the three to sport AMD hardware inside. It has a dual-core AMD E-450 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) clocked at 1.65GHz, Radeon HD 6320 graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3-1333 memory via two SO-DIMM slots, support for a single 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps HDD/SSD, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, and a bundled wall mount. The Zbox AD04 Plus ships with 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive (5400 RPM).
The ID80 series is built around Intel's Atom D2700 (2.13GHz, dual-core) "Cedar Trail" platform and sports Nvidia GeForce GT 520M graphics. It has HDMI and DVI outputs (no DisplayPort), and otherwise boasts the same feature-set as the AD04. A Plus model with the same upgrades is also available.
On top of the totem pole sits the ID81 with an Intel Celeron 857 processor (1.2GHz, dual-core) based on Sandy Bridge. Other distinguishing characteristics include Intel HD Graphics and HDMI + DVI outputs.
No word on price or availability.
Image Credit: Zotac