Zotac ZBOX Nano AD10 Plus U Mini SFF PC Review - HotHardware

Zotac ZBOX Nano AD10 Plus U Mini SFF PC Review

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Zotac is one of a select few companies that have fully embraced the ultra-small form factor and home theater PC markets. Although they’re also known for producing custom, high-end graphics cards, and an array of motherboards, which include a smorgasbord or mini-ITX options, Zotac’s Zbox and Mag lines of mini PCs are quite diverse. A quick jaunt to their website reveals over 30 ultra small form factor designs that leverage technology from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and even VIA.

What’s also interesting about Zotac’s mini-PCs are their extensive feature sets. Zotac seemingly crams as many features into a small space as physically possible. If you need proof, look no further than the Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Plus we’ll be showing you all here. The Zbox Nano AD10 Plus is built around AMD’s dual-core E-350 APU with integrated, DX11-class Radeon HD 6310 graphics and features built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an IR receiver, and USB 3.0. The tiny system also offers eSATA, a flash card reader, DisplayPort, and HDMI connectivity, along with gigabit LAN. And it does it all in a 5 x 5 inch square, that’s less than two inches tall. Check this thing out...


Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Plus

Zotac ZBOX Nano AD10 Plus
Specifications & Features
Model
  • ZBOXNANO-AD10-PLUS-U
Assembly Configuration 
  • All-in-one (no OS)
Chipset
  • AMD M1 Chipset
CPU Socket 
  • N/A (Integrated CPU)
Cooler Type
  • Fan (Single Slot)
Onboard Video
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310
Onboard Audio
  • Onboard analog stereo high-definition audio
  • 7.1-Channel LPCM digital audio (HDMI)
  • Optical Digital S/PDIF audio
Onboard LAN
  • 10/100/1000Mbps
  • Wifi 802.11n/g/b (300Mbps)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
Memory Size
  • 2GB
Memory Slots 
  • 1 x 204-pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type
  • DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM
SATA
  • 1 SATA (6.0 Gbps)
  • 1 eSATA
Hard Drive
  • 320GB SATA, 2.5"
Video Ports
  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort
Dual-Link DVI Supported
  • Yes
USB
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (back panel)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 (back panel)
Power Connector
  • DC19V
Package Contents
  • 1 x ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD10
  • 1 x Power brick & cable
  • 1 x VESA monitor mount (w/4 screws)
  • 1 x MCE compatible remote w/ 2 CR2032 batteries
  • 1 x USB IR receiver
  • 1 x WiFi antenna
Dimensions
  • 5in x 5in x 1.77in
  • 127mm x 127mm x 45mm
Warranty
  • 1-Year Standard

 
Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Plus Accessories and Bundle

Zotac includes a nice array of accessories with the Zbox Nano AD10 Plus. Along with the machine itself, users will find a user’s manual and quick installation guide, a drive / utility disc, a Wi-Fi antenna, an additional IR receiver, a standard VESA monitor mount, a small power brick, and a Media Center Remote, with batteries.

We should point out that the monitor mount allows users to affix the system right to the back of an LCD display so the machine would take up literally no desk space at all. And the additional IR receiver is not needed if the remote has a clear shot of the front of the Nano, where the integrated IR receiver is mounted. If, however, the Zbox Nano is hidden in a cabinet or behind a TV for example, the additional IR receiver can be mounted in an accessible location so the MCE remote can still be used. Including it was good thinking on Zotac’s part.
 

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It's amazing to me just how much they can put into such a little enclosure for such a low price. I agree about getting the bare-bones version and putting your own memory and hard disk into it.

I like how it mounts to the rear of your screen too.

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It amazes me too. It's quite an impressive system for it's size and the VESA mount is very clever.

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like the mounting idea. Having smacked so much into a box is just impressive. Performance for it isn't bad as well.

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Thanks for the review this would be awesome for a kiosk or something...

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Hi Marco.

Thank you for review.

Will you testing also Zotac ZBOX Nano VD01 with VIA Platfrom (VIA Nano X2 + VX900)?

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This thing is tiny! Pretty cool to see such a small machine with such good performance. I think im going to wait to see what krishna has to offer next year and then decide on an HTPC.

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I have only one question Marco,

Can I install my own os on this machine or not ?

I see All in one (no os) but I'm not quite sure I can install the os over.

Grazie

ciao

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You would install the OS of your choice as long as it is compatible with the system.  They tell you no OS so you know that you need to either find one or purchase one.

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Does anyone know if the esata has a port multiplier on it? Probably not but I was thinking this could make a nice nas with an external esata or usb 3 cage.

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