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ZOTAC's tiny computer has impressive graphics

ZOTAC has unveiled a new ZBOX mini with NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics. The new and small computer could be the ideal home theater PC thanks to its high-definition video playback capability.
 
“We’re pleased to inject the power of NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics to our award-winning ZOTAC ZBOX for users that demand energy-efficiency with a graphics kick,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “The new ZOTAC ZBOX with NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M graphics delivers phenomenal high-definition video playback capabilities to make it the perfect home theater PC as well.”
 
The new computer is available as a bare-bones machine or as a "Plus" model with the memory and hard drive installed. Neither version of the computer comes with Windows installed. The processor used in the computer is an Intel Atom 1.86 gigahertz dual-core unit. The version with memory and storage includes 2 GB of DDR 3 RAM and 320 GB of storage.

 
Both versions of machine have DVI and HDMI outputs and can support 2.5-inch HDD's. The machine has dual USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports. Gigabit Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth are all integrated. The machine is also, bundled with a MCE-compatible remote control with a USB IR receiver.
 
The ZBOX is priced at $229 for the barebones machine and $319 for the Plus.


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Pricing is the key
By XZerg on 8/9/2012 10:15:25 AM , Rating: 0
If this system comes for around $400 max then it would be worth looking at this as a nettop/htpc. otherwise in the world of tablets that go for $400 providing enough power for basic users needs (browsing and multimedia), this will just be attractive.

The extra "power" over tablets this system would provide just isn't all that critical imho as it is not enough (Atom cpu) for those who want power. And the ones who do not want power can easily be satisfied with the current generation tablets performance.

The only benefits this would provide over tablet are:
1) Wintel based - access to standard applications
2) More ports (rj45, hdmi and usb3)

But then the tablets have a display, battery and is portable. So that's why I feel the price cannot be higher than $400.




RE: Pricing is the key
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 8/9/2012 10:57:26 AM , Rating: 2
Just got pricing:

$229 barebones
$319 with HDD and memory


RE: Pricing is the key
By StevoLincolnite on 8/9/2012 11:37:40 AM , Rating: 4
Plus Zotac have zbox machines with an AMD brazos processor for around $250, so from a price standpoint this makes no sense to me unless you really want the Atom...


RE: Pricing is the key
By heffeque on 8/9/2012 3:49:45 PM , Rating: 2
I've got one (a Zotac AD04 with an AMD E-450 + 8 GB of RAM) and it works decently with most normal games, although it lacks CPU power.
Piledriver should solve that pretty well, but it seems that that's not around the corner, or at least not the ultra-portable versions of it.


RE: Pricing is the key
By bug77 on 8/9/2012 11:26:44 AM , Rating: 3
Call me when you get 320GB worth of movies on your tablet and get USB3.0 to go with it. ;-)


RE: Pricing is the key
By jnemesh on 8/9/2012 1:31:19 PM , Rating: 2
My Toshiba Thrive supports SD cards up to 128GB. Not 320..but hey, you can always pack extra cards!


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