Small Wonder: Zotac's HD-ND01 Nettop Review - HotHardware

Small Wonder: Zotac's HD-ND01 Nettop Review

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We've included a couple of photos of the Zotac HD-ND01 along with a couple similarly sized devices in order to give you a more visceral feel for the unit's size and shape. In the top-down shot below, the HD-ND01 is sitting on top of an XBox 360 HD-DVD player with the Nintendo Wii alongside. The Zotac system is shorter and more squarish than either the Wii or the XBox drive.



The same three devices from the front. Note that the HD-ND01 isn't actually completely squared-off on any side; the unit will balance on edge, but wobbles. Fortunately this is a non-issue; Zotac includes both a stand for the system and a VESA mount-compatible mounting frame for installation on a flat panel with the appropriate holes.



Same system, mounted to the back of a monitor. The system tucks away neatly behind a flat panel and comes equipped with wireless network connectivity, but unless you've got an ultra-short DSUB/HDMI cable and a full wireless setup you'll still have to accept a bit of wire-clutter.

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It looks so cool mounted behind an LCD monitor! But it is a bit pricey when you consider it has no OS installed, nor does it have a DVD drive installed (to install the OS)!




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SuperDave,

I think the latter is more of an issue. A barebones system, by definition, doesn't come with an OS--and the Zotac has a lot more functionality baked in than your typical barebone. Given the fact that the system *does* lack both OS and DVD, however, I wish Zotac included a 4GB flash drive. The drive would add very little to the unit's total cost, and it would give the buyer enough storage to load any OS image he pleased.

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I think the Viewsonic version of this thing looks better. Its $500 though with Windows 7 & a 320GB HD, otherwise identical.

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I like both. The Win 7 license is a decidedly better deal than ~$200 for an HDD. My kingdom for an optical drive, though.

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Joel H:

I like both. The Win 7 license is a decidedly better deal than ~$200 for an HDD. My kingdom for an optical drive, though.

Optical drive isn't necessary, all software could be installed via download or USB thumb drives. and if you need Blu-ray USB just doesn't have enough bandwidth to get good frame rates sans skipping.

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DigitalDD,


Who told you that you can't want a Blu-ray over USB2?  You can watch 1080P off an HD-DVD via USB2 whether the video is encoded in VC-1 or H.264. Blu-ray discs are not encoded or processed in any way that would change that. If the Atom 330 can drive HD-DVD playback flawlessly, virtually any other (reasonably-specced) system can as well.

If the Zotac couldn't handle the playback, I wouldn't have bothered testing it. :P

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Good thing it has eSata :-) Just sayin

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That's one thing I'd have really liked to do if I had the appropriate enclosure--see how ION performs if you jam a Raptor inside it. :P

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I think I'd rather have an HTPC and a larger display.

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