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The ZBOX PI320 pico measures just 4.5” x 2.6” x 0.76”

ZOTAC has always strived to bring enthusiasts the smallest, full-featured Mini-PCs on the market, but the company is looking to go one step further with the introduction of the new ZBOX PI320 pico.
The fanless device measures just 4.5” x 2.6” x 7.6” and manages to pack in 1.33GHz, quad-core Intel Bay Trail processor, 2GB of memory, and a 32GB SSD (eMMC). Graphics duties are of course handled by onboard Intel HD Graphics. When it comes to connectivity, the ZBOX PI320 pico includes a microSDHC/microSDXC slot (instead of larger SDHC/SDXC slot), HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

To cram so much functionality into a tiny package, some compromises had to be made, so that means that we only see an integrated 10/100 NIC and three USB 2.0 ports (instead of more capable USB 3.0 ports).

ZOTAC is also taking the step of providing Windows 8.1 with Bing preloaded with the ZBOX PI320 pico. If you recall, Windows 8.1 with Bing is a royalty-free version of Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system aimed at low-cost PCs.

In exchange, OEMs must make Bing the default search engine in Internet Explorer when customers take possession of their PCs. The customer can of course change the search engine at any time, but Microsoft is hoping that customers won’t bother making the switch.
The ZBOX PI320 pico will ship in late September, early October with an MSRP of $199.

Source: ZOTAC

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Take my money!
By Lord 666 on 8/27/2014 10:48:24 AM , Rating: 2
Need 13 of these tomorrow for digital signage/kiosks. Why oh why the late September/early October release? Same thing happened with the T100 last year and they were available in limited quantity.

What would make this a legendary device is AA/9v option.

RE: Take my money!
By CharonPDX on 8/27/2014 2:55:28 PM , Rating: 2
What would make this a legendary device is AA/9v option.

So you could run it for, uh... 5 minutes?

Even if it's the ultra-low-power Tablet version of Bay Trail, instead of the higher-power laptop one, a 9V battery could run it for *MAYBE* an hour. Assuming it's at idle the whole time.

RE: Take my money!
By Keeir on 8/27/2014 3:48:42 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, 1 9V battery typically has around 5 Wh of power. (Though 4 9Vs would have 20 Wh....)

I think though that the ability to run off a standard battery voltage could be a valuable feature to a small market.

This for example has a 42 Wh capacity... and I am sure there are even more.

Probably carrying an using an ultralight would still be a better deal...

but taking a projector + this + large external battery or 24" Screens + this + large external battery to a location without electrical power/easy ability to run extension chords....

RE: Take my money!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/27/2014 6:25:38 PM , Rating: 2
A computer running off disposable batteries is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. Who would want that?

No, what you want is a small UPS!

RE: Take my money!
By ritualm on 8/27/2014 9:27:55 PM , Rating: 2
From your link:
The mini-UPS should be allowed to charge for over 14 hours to ensure sufficient runtime.

I have an APC SUA1500 that charges from flat in 3-5 hours. 14 hours for your "small UPS" for what, 5 minutes at just 100W load? LOL!

RE: Take my money!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/27/2014 11:29:00 PM , Rating: 2
And you think a goddamn 9 volt battery is going to last longer?? You people are nuts.

RE: Take my money!
By ritualm on 8/28/2014 1:44:09 AM , Rating: 2
And you think a goddamn 9 volt battery is going to last longer??

Who said that? You?

And by the way:
A computer running off disposable batteries is the dumbest thing I've ever heard of. Who would want that?

A lot of people in third world countries would love such a thing.

RE: Take my money!
By Keeir on 8/27/2014 10:47:33 PM , Rating: 2
I think we see this device differently.

Although the device is very small, it has very limited functionality. As such, its hard for me to see a real application where I would use this Zotoc product over a slightly larger device with more features such as

would provide.

Only area I could really see is the ability to transport and display data. While mouse/keyboard/displays are all pretty much standard worldwide, power solutions are not. However, AA and 9V batteries ARE standard in pretty much every country. The different between "it cost 10 dollars an hour in disposable batteries to get this information" and "the store with the power converter isn't open for another 10 hours so the data is inaccessible" could be important.

RE: Take my money!
By Lord 666 on 8/28/2014 11:40:43 AM , Rating: 3
Specific use case I am thinking about;

Mobile DC for emergency management purposes without cooling requirements and on an extreme budget. Team this zotac and a cradlepoint with built-in switch. The pico supports vt-x so it can run esxi with silverpeak wan acceleration appliance. WAN provided by VZW XLTE. For power source, can use a Sherpa100 and nomad20 panel. It might be even able to run other guests, so thinking phone system (call manager) and AD/dir sync. If not, use a second Zotac and call it a day. The headless aspect of the pico is perfect and can be field configurable with a laptop. The Sherpa can be connected to any generator to top off, not just ones that clean power for electronics.

RE: Take my money!
By Reclaimer77 on 8/27/2014 6:27:47 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you want AA/9v computers when you could run all 13 off one or two UPS's?

Ah, finally!
By lifewatcher on 8/27/2014 11:19:03 AM , Rating: 4
This turns my TV into a fully functional PC, without the humming and puffing box next to it. Now Microsoft should get as many manufacturers as it can to screw this box on as many TVs as they can make. I can't think of any sane person, who'd rather use the "smart" interface of their TV, instead of the media center version of Windows.

RE: Ah, finally!
By damianrobertjones on 8/27/2014 1:57:28 PM , Rating: 2
"instead of the media center version of Windows."

Seems logical and I agree but... Most people don't even know WMC even exists!

RE: Ah, finally!
By Flunk on 8/27/2014 2:28:57 PM , Rating: 2
I plan to slap XBMC (Kodi) on one.

By Flunk on 8/27/2014 9:14:55 AM , Rating: 2
$199 and it includes Windows and that form-factor. This would make a great media center PC. 1.33Ghz Bay Trail should be able to handle H264. at 1080... I think.

RE: Nice
By flyingpants1 on 8/27/2014 10:14:54 AM , Rating: 3
Of course it should. Almost every CPU since the original Atoms "should". Let's hope it actually will. :)

RE: Nice
By hughlle on 8/27/2014 10:22:55 AM , Rating: 2
Looks brilliant to me! :) A shame the price will be much less attractive on UK shelves. Alas can't buy anything like this until i find a budget NAS that isn't poop.

Fun little project
By rbuszka on 8/27/2014 9:04:53 AM , Rating: 2
Hello, Raspberry Pi?

I'd like to get one of these and add it to my 2-channel stereo to play back FLAC files. The ability to connect to a USB DAC is enticing.

RE: Fun little project
By hpglow on 8/27/2014 12:36:06 PM , Rating: 2
Not really in the same class of device as the R Pi. Different uses, cost, and power use.

I think this box would be very useful for Steam in home streaming. What causes pause for me is the brand. I built a miniITX HTPC around a Zotac MoBo some time back and it was a big POS.

By Ammohunt on 8/27/2014 1:41:56 PM , Rating: 2
Where is the dual nic version? I would buy one tomorrow for some firewall duty if there was one.

RE: Hello
By UnauthorisedAccess on 8/27/2014 8:57:35 PM , Rating: 2
USB 2.0 to Ethernet adaptor. You'll be limited to the 10/100 NIC anyway so it shouldn't be a problem.

By zodiacfml on 8/27/2014 12:29:31 PM , Rating: 2 is cute but pretty pricey considering that I can get some notebooks at that price. the notebook i'm using right now was bought at $250 which of course includes the screen and keyboard,320gb,4GB, with usb 3.0 ports.

it is good though for small spaces such as behind a TV.

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