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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

Specifications

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

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The Zbox doesn’t look as if it should be upgradeable, but you can open it up and change its memory. It has one slot for DDR3 laptop RAM, currently occupied by a 2GB 1,333MHz module, and a hard disk, which is a 60GB solid-state mSATA module. This is about the same size as the memory, so if you want to upgrade you’ll have to replace it with the same kind of disk. Although it isn’t a major performance boost, the solid-state drive had a positive effect on the PC’s boot time and overall responsiveness.

Zotac Zbox Plus Nano XS AD11

The XS’s AMD E-450 processor is one of the better ultra-low-power chips around at the moment, and we got an overall score of 13 in our benchmarks. That’s enough to browse the web and watch videos, but you won’t want to do much more than that. The integrated AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics processor supports DirectX 11, but it isn’t really up to gaming, as shown by its failure to run Dirt 3 at our standard laptop test settings. Even so, the E-450 processor’s onboard graphics should be able to cope with relatively undemanding games, such as Portal, at minimum quality. All 720p and most 1080p video files played smoothly, but the system was unable to handle our full Blu-ray rip.

At £299, the XS is typically priced for a mini PC. Its mSATA hard disk provides less storage capacity than you usually get from similar systems with a traditional hard disk, but its faster access speeds make up for this. If you really want a computer that consumes the bare minimum of space and can run most applications, this system is a perfect match. However, the Lenovo IdeaCentre Q180, which costs £50 more but comes with Windows 7 Professional, a Blu-ray drive and a 750GB hard disk, is a better buy if you want to run Windows on your mini PC.

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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

Ports

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

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

Sound

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

Display

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

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none

Software

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

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £299
Supplier http://www.ebuyer.com
Details www.zotac.com

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