Inspecting The ZBox Nano ID65
The Zotac ZBox Nano ID65 PLUS is about as small as full-featured small form factor systems get. As most of you are probably aware, 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. The ZBox Nano ID65 PLUS, however, is powered by an Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 processor, yet still managed is squeeze into a tiny 5” x 5” x 1.77”enclosure.
The ZBox Nano ID65 PLUS has a mostly aluminum enclosure, with plastic covers on the top and bottom. The front of the device is home to a 7-in-1 flash card reader, headphone and microphone jacks, an IR receiver, activity LEDs, two USB 2.0 ports and the power button. One side of the machine is completely bare, while the other houses a few air vents, and the back is home to the vast majority of the machines I/O.
On the back, users will find the power jack, DP and HDMI outputs, four USB 3.0 ports, a lock port, RJ45 LAN jack, eSATA, and an antenna mount for the integrated Wi-Fi controller. Connectivity is very good on the ZBox Nano ID65 PLUS, but we wouldn’t mind seeing the eSATA port for in favor of a couple more USB 3.0 ports.
The bottom of the machine has four rubber feet, which double as thumbscrews and hold an access panel in place. The top of the ZBox Nano ID65 PLUS appears black when the system is off, but has a lighted blue ring when powered on.