Monday, 29 October 2012


ZOTAC’s new ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus is the smallest ZBOX to date and is small enough to, quite literally, fi t in your pocket. ZOTAC has gone with the design styling we’ve seen on their previous offerings so it’s recognizable as a member of the ZBOX family. There’s the power button, multi-card reader, USB/eSATA combo port, microphone and headphone jack at the front. ZOTAC has cleverly included the SPDIF connector within the 3.5 mm headphone jack itself so if you need digital audio, you simply use the optical cable with the bundled adapter. On the rear, there’s HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, LAN and two USB 2.0 ports. As is the case with all ZBOXes, you get a USB Wi-Fi ‘n’ dongle, IR receiver and remote. The Nano XS sits well above the surface thanks to four rubber feet and is VESA-mountable with the supplied bracket.
The ZBOX Nano XS is powered by an AMD E-450 APU and a dual-core CPU running at 1.65 GHz with an integrated Radeon HD 6320 GPU. Due to the limited size of the nano XS, there’s only one DIMM memory slot and ZOTAC ships the AD11 with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. Instead of a standard SSD, you have a mSATA 6 Gbps connector and a 64 GB SSD is bundled along with it. While this is not the most capacious storage solution, it’s more than enough for Windows and basic programs. If you wish to store your movies and other data, then we recommend getting an external 3.5-inch hard drive or a portable drive. The one thing that’s missing is the OS, so you’ll have to buy a Windows license separately or install a free Linux distro. This has been done in order to keep the costs down. ZOTAC includes drivers for Linux on the CD, so you won’t have to go hunting around the Internet.
The PC is quick and responsive thanks to the SSD and programs load quickly. The bundled Wi-Fi adapter comes in handy when you wish to stream movies to your TV in the living room as you don’t have to deal with Ethernet cables snaking around the edge of your walls. This machine is so ridiculously small, you’ll sometimes forget where it is. You can place it anywhere you want and it won’t be an eyesore. As expected, the E-450 perfoms better than its predecessor and along with the SSD, it’s quite a bit faster in all the tests.
The Nano XS is primarily designed as an HTPC. Install XBMC and plug in the IR receiver and you’re all set. If you’re going to use it as an HTPC then we suggest you make XBMC load on startup and you’ll never have to reach for a keyboard and mouse. If you’re looking for the smallest PC you can find that will do all your basic computing tasks and more, then the ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XP AD11 Plus is about as good as it gets.
Price: Rs 25,400


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