PC ZBOX nano to shrink by 17 percent. Zotac;

Friday, April 13th 2012. | Hardware News

zotac_zbox_nano_ad11_01-580x196If you’re looking for a small PC, then nothing beats the Raspberry Pi in terms of size (and price). But if you want something a bit more capable in the performance department, and able to run Windows, then Zotac‘s ZBOX line is a nice solution. Better yet, they just managed to shave 17% off the size of the ZBOX nano.

Zotac introduced the palm-sized ZBOX nano last August carrying the AD10 model number, an AMD Brazos E-350 APU running at 1.6GHz, 2GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. This week a revised version of the nano, called the ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus has been announced sporting a revised configuration and smaller footprint.

Inside you’ll find an AMD dual-core E-450 APU running at 1.65GHz coupled with a Radeon HD 6320 GPU. The 2GB of RAM remains (4GB maximum), but the 320GB HDD has been replaced with a 64GB mSATA SSD. The operating system is left up to you, with both Windows 7 and Linux options supported.

The SSD may be small, but then this PC is more media box than a desktop replacement. It also has HDMI-out, two USB 3.0 ports, a 6-in-1 memory card reader, and an IR sensor for the remote. So you can easily hook up a fast hard drive or memory card full of media and stream it to your TV.

The 17% reduction in size may not sound like a lot, but the original ZBOX nano was already tiny at 127 x 127 x 45mm. The AD11 now measures a mere 106 x 106 x 37mm, and it ships with a mount for hiding it on the back of a monitor or TV, too.

There’s no word on pricing, but the existing ZBOX nano goes for between $210-$280, so I’d expect a similar price for the new model.

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