Zotac ZBOX Nano AD10 Plus U Mini SFF PC Review

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The Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Plus takes the term small form factor to a whole new level. Intel’s Atom and AMD’s E-Series APUs have allowed OEMs to produce some truly tiny devices, with virtually all of the base functionality of a standard PC. At 5” x 5” x 1.77”, however, the Zbox Nano AD10 plus is about the smallest full system we have come across.

 

 
Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Plus--Front, Back, Left, and Right

The Zbox Nano AD10 Plus has a mostly aluminum enclosure, with plastic covers on the top and bottom. The front of the device is home to a flash card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, and IR receiver, activity LEDs, and the power button. One side of the machine is completely bare, while the other houses only some air vents, and the back is home to all of the machines I/O. On the back, users will find the power jack, DP and HDMI outputs, four USB ports—two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0—a lock port, RJ45 LAN jack, eSATA, and an antenna mount for the integrated Wi-Fi controller. Connectivity is very good on the Nano, but we do wish there were at least a couple more USB ports.

 
Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Plus, Top and Next To A Standard DVD

The bottom of the machine has four rubber feet, which double as thumbscrews and hold an access panel in place and the top appears back when the system is off, but has a lighted green ring when powered on.

Since the pics don’t really convey a true measure of how small the machine is, we also snapped a shot of the Zbox Nano next to its driver disc. Yeah—the machine is tiny.
 

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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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