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Zotac Zbox Plus Nano XS AD11 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £299
inc VAT

This is the smallest computer we’ve yet reviewed; its price and power match other mini PCs, but it doesn’t have a preinstalled operating system


1.65GHz AMD E-450, 2GB RAM, N/A display

In the world of mini-PCs, size really does matter. Zotac’s Zbox Plus Nano XS appears to be the front runner when it comes to the current round of miniaturisation wars. Measuring just 41x105x105mm, it’s by far the smallest PC we’ve ever reviewed. Despite its obvious lack of airspace and its minimal ventilation, it only gets warm, not blisteringly hot, while it’s running.

Zotac Zbox Plus Nano XS AD11

The PC comes with a VESA mounting plate (so you can easily attach it to the back of a TV or monitor), an HDMI cable, a media centre remote control and USB infra-red receiver, and a USB Wi-Fi dongle. That’s two USB devices you need to connect before you’ve even attached your mouse and keyboard. Fortunately, the Nano XS is slightly better equipped than some of its rivals.

It has one dual-purpose USB2/eSATA port at the front, a multifunction card reader that can handle MMC, Memory Stick PRO and SDXC cards, and 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks. At the back, there are two USB2 ports in addition to a Gigabit Ethernet port and a HDMI port, which is the XS’s only graphics output.

Zotac Zbox Plus Nano XS AD11

There are also two USB3 ports, but if you’re going to use Windows on the PC, you won’t be able to use them until you’ve installed the operating system and the USB3 driver. The driver is provided on a disc, as are the graphics chipset, audio and Wi-Fi drivers. This means that the easiest way to install the drivers is to copy them to a USB disk using another PC or connect the mini PC to the internet and download them from Zotac’s website, unless you have an external DVD drive. We were pleased that the Ethernet port worked without extra drivers. Sadly, the same wasn’t true of the Wi-Fi dongle. Needless to say, we’d have preferred a natively supported Wi-Fi dongle.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor AMD E-450
Processor external bus 200MHz (2.5GT/s DMI)
Processor multiplier x8.25
Processor clock speed 1.65GHz
Processor socket FT1
Memory 2
Memory type PC3-10666
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard Zotac ZBOXNXS-AD11
Motherboard chipset AMD A45 FCH


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/2
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 1/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n via supplied dongle

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 0 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Kingston SMS100S264G
Interface SATA3
Total storage capacity 60GB


Graphics card(s) AMD Radeon HD 6320
Graphics/video ports HDMI


Sound Realtek ALC892
Sound outputs 3.5mm stereo line out, 3.5mm mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Optical drive type(s) none


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Software included none
Operating system none
Operating system restore option N/A

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £299

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