The ZOTAC ZBOX

14 Feb 2012  2 Comments

ZOTAC ZBOX

While looking for a good media center PC for a friend I decided that the ZOTAC ZBOX bare bone  an Intel Atom 1.8GHz dual core CPU is the way to go, as I had an extra HDD and RAM after my Mac Mini and Macbook Pro upgrades. And I don’t recommend 2GB of RAM for anything, having 4GBs makes the devices run much smoother with lesser hiccups.

ZOTAC ZBOX Upgrade

Installation of the HDD and RAM were pretty straight forward and opening up the case was easy as it has thumb screws. I needed an internal DVD for the OS installation (you can make a bootable USB drive though) as the ZBOX doesn’t have a built-in DVD drive. The device is also quiet an slim so its very well designed to be visible beside/underneath a TV. Also Installed Boxee on it for TV show/movie organization and metadata gathering.

ZOTAC ZBOX Ports

It also has a ton of connections and ports such as: DVI, HDMI,LAN, USB 2, USB 3.0, Built-in Wireless LAN N. It also has an Nvidia Ion chipset which make playing HD movies a buttery experience.

The device costs around 60KD from amazon without delivery. Also worth mentioning in the ZOTAC NANO an even smaller form factor that has an AMD CPU.

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  • http://www.zdistrict.com Marzouq

    Very cool box, I use the Zotac mother boards for my media players! They do an excellent job! 

    • http://uptill1.com Big N

      So far, he’s not complaining :) and their stuff come highly recommended.

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