Zotac ZBOX Nano AD10 Plus U Mini SFF PC Review
Zbox Nano Exterior
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.
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.
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.