Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus

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If you thought Zotac’s original ZBOX Nano systems were small, you’ve got to check out the new Nano XS AD11 Plus. As we’ve mentioned in the past, 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 4.17” x 4.17” x 1.46”, however, the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus is the smallest full system we have yested yet.


ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus - Front

The Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus has a mostly aluminum enclosure, with plastic covers on the top and bottom. The front of the device is home to a 6-in-1 memory card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MS/MS Pro), headphone and microphone jacks (the headphone jack doubles as an optical SPDIF output), an IR receiver, a combo eSATA and USB 2.0 port, and the power button.


ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus - Side

Both sides of the unit have some perforations that act as air vents (one side is intake, the other is exhaust). One side has a Kensigton lock port as well, and the back is home to all of the machines I/O.


ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus - Back

On the back, users will find the power jack, an HDMI output, four USB ports—two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0—and an RJ45 gigabit LAN jack. Connectivity is very good on the Nano XS, but we do wish there were at least a couple more USB ports. Also note, the integrated WiFi and DisplayPort outputs on the "larger" previous-gen Nano are gone. WiFi now comes by way of an external USB controller.

The bottom of the machine has four rubber feet, which double as thumbscrews and hold an access panel in place and the top appears black when the system is off, but has a lighted green ring when powered on. The unit's activity LEDs are also located on the top, at the front left corner.

As we mentioned on the previous page, the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus includes a standard vesa mount that gives users the ability to mount the unit right to the back of a display. Here's a pic of an original Nano affixed to the back of an LCD monitor.
 

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Nice form factor - just wish it was about twice as powerful.

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I want it to fit into a watch,.........

Actually not a bad little PC for screening movies.

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this would be good for my GPS system I use in my car/truck. Right now I use a laptop mounted in the back seat.

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Thanks for the review on this one Marco. Pretty good features and perfect fit for any home theater system.

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I am looking into an HTPC with an external Silicondust HDHomerun Tuner. Does this thing have the horsepower to encode HD over the air signals?

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@mattlr81 - yes, it definitely does.

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I am a tad of a novice to these boxes.  Is it easy to load a Linux distro onto this device?

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Yes, it's a basic PC platform under the hood.

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Hi,

Regarding your query about loading Linux, I have Linux Jolicloud running on the VDO1.

I tried a few different Linux distributions first - SUSE loaded in just 14 Minutes but the sound would not work - this is typical with newly installed Linux.

But SUSE had been previousely patchy with Youtube streaming on my tower case so I tried a few more.

Ubuntu failed to install...

Finally Jolicloud installed in a snap and yesterday I used the same CD to put it on my friends alongside his Windows 7 - it worked immediately. You can even prepare a USB drive version to install or run it live from CD before you install it in order to try it out.

But assuming you are installing any operating system from CD/DVD, you will net to get an external USB DVD drive. So if you are buying one of these PCs you should allow for that. 

Also, before you install any OS, you will need to connect a USB keyboard into one of the USB 3.0 ports - not the USB 2.0 ports as the BIOS won recognise the device before the OS is installed.

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I just got the ad10 (I had a ssd 2.5" already) and i can say it works very well with plex, wmc and the hulu desktop client. My next step is to get the Silicondust tuner and plex plugin for it.

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