Zotac launches tiny AMD E-series powered ZBOX nano
If you're on the hunt for a tiny PC – and we're not talking Mac mini small here, we mean really tiny – then Zotac might just have what you're after in the shape of its ZBOX nano, a 127x127mm AMD E-series APU powered computer. It might not have the most powerful hardware, but you'll have a hard time finding anything smaller with as many features crammed into it.
We first saw this tiny box on display at Computex, but back then it was featuring a VIA Nano CPU, but it seems like either Zotac changed their mind, or they just made another SKU with AMD's E-series APU. Zotac will apparently be offering the ZBOX nano with either an AMD E-350 or an E-450, although the initial version appears to be sporting the E-350. Despite its small size, the ZBOX nano is missing very little in terms of features.
For starters, looking around the back we find two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, an eSATA port, a DisplayPort, an HDMI port and an antenna for 150Mbps 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. Around the front is a pair of audio jacks, a memory card reader that takes most of the regular formats apart from CF cards and an IR receiver. Internally there's only room for a single SO-DIMM and a 2.5-inch drive. A remote control is also bundled that works with Windows MCE and for some reason Zotac is also supplying an additional IR receiver that connects via USB.
Although at 127x127mm the ZBOX nano is tiny, it's quite chubby at 45mm tall. It does of course have an external power brick as its power source and Zotac supplies a VESA compliant mounting plate that allows the entire system to be mounted on the back of an LCD screen. Overall it's a pretty neat little package, but if the Japanese price is anything to by, it's horrendously expensive, as in Japan it retails for 27,500 Yen (S$433) and the Plus model which comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 320GB hard drive is even pricier at 35,000 Yen (S$550) which makes it questionable if this is the route to go down. That said, prices in Japan are usually higher for electronics, but even so, it doesn't seem worth the money. At the time of writing there were no details to be found on the Zotac website relating to the ZBOX nano.
Source: Impress PC Watch