Zotac Introduces Three New ZBOX mini-PCs

Brad Chacos

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! The company 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.

The Zotac ZBOX ID82 -- they have to come up with better names for these things! -- sports a Sandy Bridge Core i3-2330M proc, two DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM slots and an open 2.5-inch 6Gbps SATA hard drive bay. Connectivity is handled via four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports.

Meanwhile, the Zotac ZBOX nano ID61 marks the first time an Intel processor has made its way into a ZBOX nano case, the company's press release brags, but it's a Celeron 867 rather than a Sandy Bridge proper. The nano ID61 sports fairly similar specs to the ID82 otherwise, but it only includes a single SO-DIMM slot and cuts the USB 2.0 ports in half -- although it picks up an eSATA port and an IR port in return.

The Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray AD05 moves away from Intel and includes a 1.65GHz AMD E-450 APU with a Radeon HD 6320 GPU. As you might have guessed from the name, the AD05 packs in a 4x Blu-ray/8x DVD read/write drive, but its space requirements cost you some connectivity options; the AD05 includes just two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 and a combo eSATA/USB 2.0 port. Two SO-DIMM slots and a 2.5-inch drive bay round things out, but be warned: the AD05's HDD only sports a 3Gbps SATA connection. (The ID82 and nano ID61 both use 6Gbps SATA connections.)

All of the ZBOXes include an Ethernet port and built-in Bluetooth 3.0/Wi-Fi, along with HDMI, DVI-I and S/PDIF ports. Multicard readers are also onboard. Not included: an installed operating system. Preconfigured variants of all three models will be available with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB 5400RPM HDD.

Check out the press release and visit the Zotac site for more information about all three makes. Unfortunately, there's no word on pricing details. Most bare-bones Zotac systems tend to fall between $200 and $300, though.

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