Zotac's been making miniature sized PCs since before they became vogue, and with technology advancing at a rapid clip, the company's latest boxes pack an impressive amount of power. That includes the latest Zbox Nano systems -- ID68 and ID69 -- which feature 4th Generation Intel Core processors (Haswell). These aren't gaming systems or Steam Machine candidates, but for daily computing chores, they look like serviceable solutions.
The ID68 sports an Intel Core i5 4200U dual-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz (2.6GHz Turbo) with 3MB of L2 cache and the ID69 features a Core i7 4500U dual-core chip clocked at 1.8GHz (3GHz Turbo) and 4MB of L2 cache. Both boxes come with a single DDR3L SO-DIMM slot, 2.5-inch drive bay, HDMI and DisplayPort output, 7-in-1 memory card reader, GbE LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 2.0 ports, and four USB 3.0 ports.
Also available are Plus models, which come pre-populated with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 500GB hard drive (5400 RPM). One thing to keep in mind with these devices is they don't come with an operating system or an optical drive.
"The new ZBOX nano ID68 and ID69 series are our most powerful palm-sized mini-PCs yet. The addition of Intel Turbo Boost technology enables the two Zbox nano ID68 and ID69 series to deliver performance comparable to much larger systems while consuming much less energy," said Carsten Berger, senior director, Zotac international.