Zotac Expands Mini PC Family With Braswell-Based Zbox BI323, CI323 Nano
The last time we visited Zotac, the company managed to stuff NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M-class graphics into its Zbox Magnus EN970 mini PC. This time around, Zotac is has dialed down things a bit with the introduction of two Intel Braswell-based mini PCs: the Zbox BI323 and Zbox CI323 Nano.
The Zbox BI323 is powered by a 1.6GHz, quad-core Celeron N3150 processor, includes Intel HD Graphics, a single 2.5-inch SATA slot for a HDD or SDD, and two DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM slots (up to 8GB can be installed). External ports include HDMI 1.4b, DisplayPort 1.1a, VGA, a 3-in-1 card reader, three USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, one USB-C port and GbE. Wireless connectivity is taken care of by Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
The Zbox CI323 Nano largely carries over the same specs as the BI323, but instead features two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and a single USB-C port. It also includes dual GbE ports instead of just a single GbE port on the BI323. In addition, while the BI323 is actively cooled using a SmartFan, the CI323 Nano uses a fanless, passively-cooled design. All other specs remain the same.
Both the Zbox BI323 and CI323 Nano are available in three configurations: Barebones, Plus, and Windows 10 Home. Barebones versions lack memory and storage. Plus versions have 4GB of memory installed and a 120GB SATA SSD. Windows 10 Home versions have 2GB of RAM, a 32GB M.2 SSD and Windows 10 Home preinstalled (of course).
We have put in calls to Zotac for pricing and availability on its new Zbox mini PCs and will update this article when that information is provided.