One thing you always had to account for when purchasing a Zbox or any other pint-sized system from Zotac was that you''d have to install an operating system. That entailed plugging in a USB optical drive or using a flash memory stick, or at least it used to. In a change of pace, Zotac has made available four different Zbox Plus systems pre-installed with Windows 8.1 with Bing.
For those looking for a round PC experience, hardware manufacturer Zotac International has unveiled the new ZBOX Sphere OI520 Series. The form for this series of mini PCs is in the shape of a sphere and is powered by the Intel Core i5 4200U processor (1.6 GHZ base, 2.6GHz Turbo).
One thing Zotac says it always wanted to do was to offer a pint-sized PC capable of playing games. Little things always got in the way of that -- you know, things like performance and heat dissipation. In that way, Intel's Haswell architecture and integrated Iris Pro 5200 graphics are quite literally game changers. Using those parts, Zotac entered CeBIT 2014 wielding a pair of new Zbox E-Series mini PCs designed for gamers.
Steam Machine announcements are coming in pretty fast and furious, though not all systems are created the same. Enter Zotac, a specialist in mini PC configurations best known for its Zbox line, which is previewing a Zbox Steam Machine slated to arrive in the second half of this year. Details are few and far between, though Zotac says its Steam Machine will ship in an all-black 3rd generation Zbox chassis with orange lighting intended to give it an aggressive and sporty aesthetic.
Three new Zbox SKUs welcome Haswell to the mini PC party
Zotac today announced a trio of new Zbox mini PCs built around Intel's 4th Generation Core processor (Haswell) family. Given the improvements in power management that Haswell brings to the table compared to previous generation processors, in addition to the other architectural upgrades, mini PCs are a logical choice for Intel's latest chips. In this case, Zotac opted to go with the Core i3 4130T (dual-core, 2.9GHz), Core i5 4570T (dual-core, 2.9-3.6GHz), and Core i7 4770T (quad-core 2.5.GHz-3.7GHz) processors.
The refreshed Zbox Nano XS now sports an AMD E2-1800 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU).
Zotac's Zbox Nano XS mini PCs are about as small as they come, measuring 4.17 inches x 4.17 inches x 1.46 inches, trumping even Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC) system, which measures 4.59 inches x 4.41 inches x 1.55 inches. Another difference between the two is that Zotac offers an AMD version (Nano XS AD13), which it just refreshed to take advantage of the Brazos 2.0 platform.
Zotac's bread and butter is its line of Zbox mini PCs, one of which just got a little bit faster today. The Zbox AD06 gets a performance boost thanks to the addition of AMD's E2-1800 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which features integrated Radeon HD 7340 graphics. According to Zotac, the net result is 10 percent faster performance compared to the previous generation Zbox.
Zotac's ZBOX line of itty bitty mini-PCs must be doing well; new models have been popping up on what seems like a biweekly basis. Nothing changed at CeBIT! Zotac spent its time at the German tech conference showing off three new ZBOX mini-PCs announced earlier this week -- one standard-sized Sandy Bridge-sporting model, another ZBOX nano offering, and a third with a Blu-ray drive.
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.
Looking to get your movie watching on? Turn to Zotac. The company might not be at HP’s level in terms of sales, but when it comes to HTPCs, few companies deliver better small form factor results. The company’s ZBox line has been a go-to brand for video streaming enthusiasts, and now, there’s a new Zotac ZBox available that ditches Intel and AMD in favor of a VIA processor.