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Zotac Debuts Palm-Sized ZBOX Nano Mini-PCs

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Zotac finally released it's palm-sized ZBOX nano AD10 series packing AMD's Brazos E-350 APU platform.

Wednesday Zotac International announced the release of its palm-sized ZBOX nano AD10 series mini-PCs. The company isn't kidding around with its "palm-sized" description: these devices can literally sit on your hand like a boxy-yet-portable CD player.

But don't let the miniature size fool you: the ZBOX nano AD10 series – currently consisting of two models – packs a mighty punch for its size. Under the hood, both models sport AMD's dual-core E-350 APU clocked at 1.6 GHz, and AMD's Radeon HD 6310 GPU clocked at 500 MHz. Other hardware specs include two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, an eSata port, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, AMD UVD technology, gigabit Ethernet, on-board 802.11n connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 6-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC/MS/MS Pro/ xD/MMC). There's also a VESA 75/100 mount for monitor or wall installations.

As previously stated, Zotac's new mini-PCs arrives in two tasty flavors: the standard "barebones" model and the "plus" model. Measuring just 5 x 5 x 1.77-inches, the standard model features an empty 204-pin SO-DIMM slot supporting up to 4 GB of DDR3-1066 memory, and space for the installation of a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD (connecting via an SATA 6 Gb/s interface). The difference with the "Plus" model is that it comes with 2 GB of RAM and 320 GB of HDD storage already installed.

"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."

Currently Zotac shows that the "Plus" model retails for $275.99 – the price for the "Barebones" version isn't available, so stay tuned.

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    clonazepam , September 2, 2011 1:25 AM
    That's pretty damn cool... I like it.
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    runswindows95 , September 2, 2011 2:09 AM
    The perfect HTPC for Netflix streaming. I like it!
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    Assmar , September 2, 2011 3:10 AM
    questionablepricesTack on $100 for a monitor and you are getting awfully close to what a Liano laptop costs...

    You must surely mean $0 for that big HDTV you already paid for which you'll be using as a monitor for this diminutive beast.
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    clonazepam , September 2, 2011 1:25 AM
    That's pretty damn cool... I like it.
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    aries1470 , September 2, 2011 1:57 AM
    Whoaaa.. I want a BD recorder or at least a player in there too ;-)
    boohoo... just a little slim line could have fit at the bottom. and yes, I know there are external USB or e-sata available, but that defeats the point.
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    aries1470 , September 2, 2011 1:58 AM
    Whoaaa.. I want a BD recorder or at least a player in there too ;-)
    boohoo... just a little slim line could have fit at the bottom. and yes, I know there are external USB or e-sata available, but that defeats the point.
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    runswindows95 , September 2, 2011 2:09 AM
    The perfect HTPC for Netflix streaming. I like it!
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2011 2:54 AM
    But can it run Crysis?
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2011 2:59 AM
    But can it run Crysis?
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    aznshinobi , September 2, 2011 3:05 AM
    Pretty nice size and price for an HTPC!
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    Assmar , September 2, 2011 3:10 AM
    questionablepricesTack on $100 for a monitor and you are getting awfully close to what a Liano laptop costs...

    You must surely mean $0 for that big HDTV you already paid for which you'll be using as a monitor for this diminutive beast.
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    DjEaZy , September 2, 2011 5:08 AM
    ... fusion f.t.w.!!!
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    dalauder , September 2, 2011 5:33 AM
    This is all most people need for computers. In a few years with wireless monitors and keyboards, this is all most people will have.
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    klavis , September 2, 2011 6:12 AM
    I know people who would want this just to use for their living room TV. I am sure there will be a market.
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    Cowgoesmoo , September 2, 2011 6:56 AM
    Here a router that supports 3G wireless modem is about $200. One of these would do a much better job I think......
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    eddieroolz , September 2, 2011 8:06 AM
    HTPC for YouTube, video services and the occasional casual gaming. We've come very far.
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    huron , September 2, 2011 11:45 AM
    AssmarYou must surely mean $0 for that big HDTV you already paid for which you'll be using as a monitor for this diminutive beast.


    Beat me to it...was going to say exactly the same thing - these are perfect as HTPCs
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    Device Unknown , September 2, 2011 11:58 AM
    I'm real curious now. Do you guys think this would work with external blu-ray to stream 1080p video? i.e. HTPC?
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 2, 2011 6:14 PM
    I have to agree that it's a good idea for the few that like this sort of space saver idea,but for me,I prefer the full quid idea of making my own desktop computer & using my own choice of hardware,software,etc.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 2, 2011 6:26 PM
    With the 1.6 GHz dual core processor,I wonder what the Vista or Windows 7 index score rating would be,especially if you would install an SSD & install windows 7 Pro or Ultimate on it with only 4 GBs of ram. for either a x32 bit or x64 bit operating system?
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2011 6:47 PM
    Still waiting for first tv to have this kind of thing built into it. However, have it so you can upgrade or replace the computer part. Figure we would have it by now.
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    Darkerson , September 2, 2011 8:35 PM
    Not bad at all. The bare version may be my next little project for a HTPC with some NAS for all my multimedia. Would cost a lot less to have it on all the time vs the PC I keep in my closet at the moment for the very same purpose. Plus I could afford a nice, big new TV with the money Id be saving vs upgrading that aging beast in the back.
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