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In addition to building graphics cards, Zotac is one of only a handful companies to fully embrace small form factor and home theater systems. Whether you want to build something yourself from the ground up, quickly assemble a barebones rig, or pick up a fully built HTPC, Zotac has you covered. The company offers a wide array of mini-ITX motherboards based on many modern chipsets (including the just released Z77) and barebones ZBOX systems for the DIY Crowd, along with full SFF systems that need nothing but an OS. Over the last couple of years, Zotac has introduced a number of ultra small ZBOX systems that have seemingly gotten smaller and smaller with each new generation. The latest model... Read more...
Zotac is emerging as a major player in the mini PC market and you'll find a boatload of ZBOX units if you visit the company's website. The one we have with us today is the ZBOX ID80 Plus, one of the newer units built around Intel's recently released Atom "Cedar Trail" refresh. It comes equipped with an Intel Atom D2700 processor, 2GB of DDR3-1066 RAM, 320GB hard drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M GPU. There's also onboard Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN, HDMI output, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, and an IR receiver with a media remote bundled in. All this and quite a bit more comes packed in a diminutive box that measures 7.40 inches x 7.40 inches x 1.73 inches that you can plop inconspicuously into your... Read more...
A new era of home entertainment is upon us. If you think about how you watch TV today versus 10 or even five years ago, it's probably a completely different experience. Nearly everything is served up in high definition, digital video recorders (DVRs) are now the norm and not the exception, and streaming services are making a big push to be the primary way in which you view content traditionally served up by cable and satellite TV. Unless you live way out in the boonies, you're probably rocking a broadband Internet connection, which is your gateway to any number of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, VUDU, Pandora, and so forth. With so much online content to choose from, you could... Read more...
Classify yourself as a "Digital Home Media Enthusiast?" If so, VIA has a motherboard they'd love for you to peek. The company has just released the VE-900 Mini-ITX mainboard, immediately available worldwide for those in need of a small, power-efficient new HTPC rig. It features a 1.4GHz Nano X2 dual-core CPU, VIA's VX900 all-in-one media system processor, support for resolutions as high as 1080p and support for 24-bit audio and up to 192kHz sample rates. There's also HDMI support, and it can handle up to 8GB of DDR3 memory. Sadly, pricing isn't being disclosed, but it ought to be coursing through supply channels as we speak. VIA Releases VIA VE-900 Mini-ITX Mainboard for Digital Home Media Enthusiasts... Read more...
Zotac is one of a select few companies that have fully embraced the ultra-small form factor and home theater PC markets. Although they’re also known for producing custom, high-end graphics cards, and an array of motherboards, which include a smorgasbord or mini-ITX options, Zotac’s Zbox and Mag lines of mini PCs are quite diverse. A quick jaunt to their website reveals over 30 ultra small form factor designs that leverage technology from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and even VIA. What’s also interesting about Zotac’s mini-PCs are their extensive feature sets. Zotac seemingly crams as many features into a small space as physically possible. If you need proof, look no further than... Read more...
Zotac is one of a select few companies that have fully embraced the ultra-small form factor and home theater PC markets. Although they’re also known for producing custom, high-end graphics cards, and an array of motherboards, which include a smorgasbord or mini-ITX options, Zotac’s Zbox and Mag lines of mini PCs are quite diverse. A quick jaunt to their website reveals over 30 ultra small form factor designs that leverage technology from Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, and even VIA. What’s also interesting about Zotac’s mini-PCs are their extensive feature sets. Zotac seemingly crams as many features into a small space as physically possible. If you need proof, look no further than... Read more...
Looks like Lenovo's toying with new ways to get you typing. The company has just introduced the new N5902. That's not telling you much, but the photo below just might. It's a unique, portable keyboard, but it's actually much more than just that. It's a "multimedia remote," complete with L/R click buttons, a keyboard and even a trackball mouse cursor pad so you can actually move a cursor on-screen if you're connected to an HTPC. This is actually an update to an earlier model, but the matte finish on this one is way more understated that the unit it replaces. There's even backlit keys now, which makes loads of sense for those who want to use this as a HTPC remote with the lights down low. For movies,... Read more...
HTPCs aren't anything new. They've been around forever, it seems, and largely unchanged. But Acer's new living room PC is quite different, or, at least it's different than the norm. It's shaped differently, and ships with a very atypical control mechanism. It's the Revo RL100 media center, available with or without Blu-ray and designed to be the heart of your digital living room. The system was initially announced months back, but now it's available for Americans who need a machine to pipe Hulu and other web-based programs directly to their TV. It ships with Acer's clear.fi wireless networking, as well as a dual-mode wireless touchpad + keyboard that supposedly enables precise movements from... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss Intel's new Z68 Express chipset with Smart Response Technology for Sandy Bridge processors, Samsung’s hot new 4.5-inch Infuse 4G Android smartphone, an ASRock Vision 3D HTPC with NVIDIA’s 3DTV Play technology and why consumers experience a 4 year itch with their technology and PCs... Show Notes: 00:52 - Intel Launches Z68 Express Chipset for Sandy Bridge 03:18 - Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T Preview 06:30 - ASRock Vision 3D HTPC with NVIDIA 3DTV Play 10:40 - Study Shows Computer Users Experience A 4 Year Itch 14:25 - AMD Fusion Developer’s Conference Invites and Contest... Read more...
There may not be a ‘one size fits all’ HTPC, but there are some HTPC features that are universally (well, almost universally) desired. For one, it’s our opinion that an HTPC should be as quiet as possible. It should also be capable of any multimedia related task, it should be easy to install and use and it should look like it belongs in its environment. Even with those guidelines in mind, an HTPC can be many things. But we think one OEM, namely ASRock, has struck a great balance between performance, form factor, and features with one of their HTPC lines and have come up with a solution that will likely please a wide swathe of potential HTPC consumers. The ASRock Vision 3D HTPC,... Read more...
Although Home Theater PCs have been around for quite some time, they are still somewhat tough to define. For some, the term HTPC conjures up images of an ultra small form factor, low-power system that will be used for nothing more than accessing multimedia files. But for others an HTPC is more akin to a hardcore piece of A/V and entertainment equipment that can do it all—play back virtually any file type, browse the web, play games at 1080p resolutions—you name it. The muddled state of the HTPC market is compounded further by OEMs and DIYers as well. Pre-Built home theater PCs are as varied as can be; compare the diminutive and affordable Zotac ZBox AD03 to something like an extravagant... Read more...
Zotac clearly has a thing going with their ZBOX series. The company has been cranking them out like nobody's business lately, and the ZBOX AD02 mini-PC is the latest. They've been doing great things with the SFF form factor, and particularly with the HTPC crowd, these space saving machines have really hit the spot. The newest series is powered by AMD's new Fusion E-350 APU, with an integrated Radeon HD 6310 graphics chip to handle the high-def output. The tiny box also has room for a 2.5" HDD and two DDR3 SO-DIMM modules, and the "Plus" model ships with a 250GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM and Windows 7. There's also USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and eSATA connectivity options. No pricing information is given,... Read more...
Apple's Mac Mini has been viewed as a legitimate HTPC contender ever since the original model was released years back. People immediately began hacking the mounting options to get them onto the backs of their televisions, and with the new model, it became an even nicer solution. With a more powerful CPU and GPU, more storage space and great connectivity options, many use the Mac Mini as their primary Boxee Box. But there are a number of chinks in the armor. For one, there's no TV tuner option. And second, there's no Blu-ray option. It's hard to take an HTPC seriously these days if you can't incorporate those two things, but now Other World Computing and Elgato are coming together to make the... Read more...
A keyboard is a keyboard, right? Not at all. We tend to favor mechanical keyboards for gaming, backlit keyboards on our notebooks, and keyboards with integrated trackpads for use with our HTPC setups. IOGEAR has a long history of providing keyboards for that last application, and they're keeping the trend alive in the new year. The company has just launched a new keyboard, the Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad (GKM611B) for wireless management of up to six Bluetooth enabled devices. Yep, a Bluetooth keyboard, optimized for HTPC use. The idea here is that the keyboard can connect to up to six devices, so you could control your HTPC at one moment, then take it into the den and control... Read more...
We know it's hard to stay on the cutting edge of technology, particularly if you're trying not to go broke while doing it. But Zotac is definitely not waiting around for anyone with their latest release. It feels like just yesterday that we sat down and tested out a Blu-ray equipped HTPC from this very company, and now -- just months later -- a successor is being unveiled. The new Zbox AD03 series is yet another slim, sleek HTPC line of machines that have Blu-ray capabilities. But the major change here is the use of AMD's E-350 APU platform. That's right, Fusion! Already we're seeing Fusion used in new, strange places, and we have to confess that we love it. There's a 1.6GHz APU (dual-core) at... Read more...
ZOTAC introduced the new ZBOX DVD series mini-PCs which combine Next-Generation NVIDIA ION graphics with a dual-core Intel Atom D525 processor. The new ZOTAC ZBOX DVD series is available in two models: the ID31 and ID31 Plus. The ZOTAC ZBOX DVD ID31 is a customizable mini-PC that lets you select and install the memory and hard drive while the ZBOX DVD ID31 Plus comes with a 250GB hard drive and 1GB of DDR2 memory. Both systems feature an integrated DVD drive, NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology, HDMI and DVI outputs, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0 connectivity. ZOTAC® Expands ZBOX Lineup with New ZBOX DVD Series New ZOTAC® ZBOX DVD series deliver stylish design and performance to form the perfect... Read more...
Zotac recently launched a couple of revamped ZBox nettops, that feature a new, sleeker design and integrated Blu-Ray drive, the ZBox HD-ID33 and HD-ID34. The only difference between the two models is the included / not included RAM and hard drive; the ID33 is better suited to DIYers who may already have a spare 2.5" HDD and SO-DIMM laying around, while the ID34 ships with a 250GB 5400RPM drive and 2GB of RAM. There's also NVIDIA's next generation Ion (Ion 2) inside, which means that 1080p playback and some light-duty gaming should theoretically be no problem... Zotac Blu-ray HD-ID34 Nettop / HTPC Review... Read more...
Nettops are not nearly as popular as their mobile contemporaries, i.e. netbooks, arguably due to the lack of any significant horsepower within the tiny machines. Up until now, most nettops have been good for little more than basic Office duties, Web surfing, and occasional 720p (max) movie playback. There's a fine line that has to be walked with a nettop; there's far too little space to shove a Core i3 or better CPU in there, and besides, companies are trying to keep pricing at reasonable levels. Thus, nettops have largely been left with one main processor option: Intel's Atom family. If you've read a few of our past netbook reviews, you may have noticed that we've been somewhat... Read more...
ZOTAC has made a living from producing graphics cards and PCs that are smaller than your average mid-tower, but their latest round of Mini PCs may be their nicest yet. For years, HTPC owners have wondered why so many HTPCs were shipping without Blu-ray support. Now, the times are finally catching up. ZOTAC has stepped forward with the first Mini PCs to be loaded with integrated slot-load Blu-ray drives, as both the ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID33 and HD-ID34 come stocked from the factory with optical drives that can handle the latest and greatest BD flicks. The two machines are largely similar, with Intel's new 1.8GHz Atom D525 powering the pair and NVIDIA's next generation Ion platform handling the graphics.... Read more...
Okoro Media Systems has been producing pre-fabricated HTPCs for years now, and even as the niche narrows, they're continuing to be one of the go-to places for new living room computers. Now, the company is looking for ways to convince consumers to spring for an HTPC when they wouldn't otherwise, and the newly equipped SX100 is just the thing. It's just 3" tall, which is extremely slim for a full-fledged HTPC. And despite what you may assume, Okoro has managed to equip the machine with some pretty respectable specifications given the small size and limited airflow room. The 2010 edition SX100 is unique in the fact that it can be ordered with a Quad HD Tuner, which also supports CableCARD. If you... Read more...
Now here's an idea. In order to draw more attention to your gear, just bundle an iPad with it! In seriousness, this actually isn't a bad plan, particularly when the company in question is Okoro Media Systems and the product is an HTPC. HTPC control is a huge issue; do you use your keyboard and mouse from the couch? Do you attempt to program a huge universal remote? What's the best way? Apple's iPad has opened up a new avenue for control, and the decision to ship this tablet with their Media Center PCs is a smart move. The iPad will be primarily used for multi-room music control, but with the right dongle, you could easily convert the iPad into a full-on IR remote. And this is all just the beginning.... Read more...
iPads and other tablets may be hindering the growth of the netbook market, but the HTPC market may be hurting even more. Users have gravitated towards online TV or other movie set-top boxes from Roku and the like (not to mention the media capabilities of the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii), leaving only a few pre-fabricated HTPC builders on the market. MvixUSA is one of those still hanging around, and the company has just issued two new boxes for those with not enough time to build their own. The main difference between the S2 and the S4 is the amount of drive bays; the first has two, the second has four. All of those are hot-swappable bays, enabling users to switch out media drives easily without having... Read more...
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