Zotac Reveals Tiny ZBOX Nano AD10 SFF Desktop PC

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Small just keeps getting smaller. Zotac's ZBOX line has been around for a few years now, and we've been rather impressed with every iteration that we have played with. But the "palm-sized" ZBOX Nano AD10 makes those prior models look like giants.

The new AD10 series shrinks the form factor even more, and inside it's packed with an AMD Brazos E-350 APU. The box itself measures 127mm x 127mm x 45mm, and it comes bundled with a Windows Media Center compatible remote control – a USB IR receiver is also included.


Within, you'll be able to install your own DDR3 SO-DIMM (1 slot) and a 2.5" SATA 6Gbps drive, or you can buy a kit model that ships with 2GB of memory and a 320GB HDD. Other specs include a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI/DisplayPort outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.

The company isn't revealing a price just yet, but it should be shipping soon.

ZOTAC® Debuts Palm-Sized ZBOX nano AD10 Series mini-PCs

HONG KONG – Aug. 31, 2011 – ZOTAC® International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today debuts the palm-sized ZBOX nano AD10 series mini-PCs. The new ZOTAC® ZBOX nano AD10 series shrinks the standard ZBOX form factor and adds more home theatre PC friendly features for your digital media needs.

    Powered by the AMD “Brazos” E-350 APU Platform with Discrete-Class AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics, the ZOTAC® ZBOX nano AD10 series packs plenty of performance with hardware video decode acceleration technologies for popular high-definition video formats, including Blu-ray and Adobe® Flash®, into a miniature 127mm x 127mm x 45mm form factor that fits in the palm of your hand.
    
“The ZOTAC® ZBOX nano AD10 series is our smallest mini-PC,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC® International. “Despite the miniature size, the ZBOX nano AD10 series has nearly all the same features as our award-winning ZBOX and ZBOX Blu-ray series, and even introduces a couple new features.”

    New to the ZOTAC® ZBOX nano AD10 series is an integrated infra-red receiver with bundled Windows Media Center compatible remote control – a USB IR receiver is also bundled.

    “There was a lot of demand for a bundled remote with our mini-PCs so we listened and engineered a solution that would work for all home theatre PC installation scenarios,” Mr. Berger added. “Our dual IR receiver solution enables use of the remote control with all placements, including hidden and wall-mounted installations.”

    Customizing the ZOTAC® ZBOX nano AD10 series remains easy with two thumb screws that unlock the internals. A DDR3 SO-DIMM slot and space for a 2.5-inch SATA 6.0 Gb/s hard drive or SSD is available in the ZOTAC® ZBOX nano AD10 while the ZBOX nano AD10 Plus ships with 2GB of memory and a 320GB hard drive preinstalled.

    A new VESA 75/100 mount for monitor or wall mounting installations is included with all ZOTAC® ZBOX nano AD10 series mini-Pcs and enables users to attach the mini-PC in four different orientations for improved flexibility.

    It’s time to play with the ZOTAC® ZBOX nano AD10 series.
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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Sep 3 2011 11:02 AM

We've got one of these in house. Pretty slick! Stay tuned for the review.

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coolice replied on Sat, Sep 3 2011 1:44 PM

Sweet! That thing is TINY!!

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coolice replied on Sat, Sep 3 2011 1:44 PM

Though 2gb of memory, sheesh, could have gone to 4, would have been nice

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rrplay replied on Sat, Sep 3 2011 4:11 PM

I can't wait to see the review with this ! Esp the 'hands-on' in a video preview if possible.

it's so small and looks pretty dang cute. looks like you'd be able to upgrade it a 'lil bit too...Its "Time to Play" and sure bet others are waiting to see what you do with the TinyZBox .Smile

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Sep 3 2011 6:00 PM

Me too!

 

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It's a nice looking little box. I'd like to know what it costs to get one of them, and also if you can stick 4GB of RAM into it instead of just two.

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Marco C replied on Sat, Sep 3 2011 11:25 PM

I'll let you know as soon as I tear it down, but I'm pretty sure it uses a standard so-DIMM. You'd have to pull out the 2GB stick and replace it with a 4GB-er.

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realneil replied on Sun, Sep 4 2011 10:48 AM

Marco C:
I'll let you know as soon as I tear it down, but I'm pretty sure it uses a standard so-DIMM. You'd have to pull out the 2GB stick and replace it with a 4GB-er.

It would be nice to know if 4GB would work in it. Some motherboards are limited as to how much memory that they support. (probably not such an issue these days)

I look forward to reading about this.

 

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Sep 4 2011 12:58 PM

Very much looking forward to that review - please don't forget price information !...

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There's a full review with benchmarks and a teardown here: http://www.kitguru.net/desktop-pc/zardon/zotac-zbox-nano-ad10-plus-review/

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You can indeed upgrade the RAM to as much as 4 GB of DDR3 1066. The barebones system goes for $270 (no RAM, no HDD) and the "plus" one, which includes 2GB of RAM and a slow (5400 RPM) 320GB HDD, for $320. There's a full review of the AD10 plus at kitguru.

I'm going for the barebones one, updating with a 4GB stick and a 64GB SSD. Total cost for my souped-up model is about $385. I plan on eventually getting a 3TB USB3.0 external drive or two to hold all my .mkv movies and music as well.

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Looking forward to Marco's take on this thing. Maybe he'll try faster rated and larger capacity memory in it as well as an SSD and a 7200RPM Drive. Glad to see that it will take a 4GB stick too.

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Thanks for the info @RKOFilms. This is a pretty sweet little box. Is the external power supply larger than the device itself?

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Drake_McNasty:
Is the external power supply larger than the device itself?

No It's smaller. Here's a pic from his link. Double click the pic to enlarge it.

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RKOFilms replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 1:28 PM

These are going for $220 places. I've got one on its way to me.

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realneil replied on Wed, Sep 14 2011 8:11 PM

RKOFilms:
These are going for $220 places. I've got one on its way to me.

If you could post your thoughts on it after you've used it a while that would be good to hear. Did you buy the barebones?

 

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