There are phones in service bigger than the Nano XS – seriously, you could fit it in your jeans pocket. But this is no stripped-to-the-silicon Raspberry Pi clone. It packs a dual-core AMD chip and Radeon graphics, but swaps the hard drive for a speedy SSD.
Build quality is exquisite, but one of the best things about the Zbox – aside from the price – is that it’s supplied with a VESA mount. That means you can bolt it on to the back of a monitor or TV and pretty much forget about it, turning any given screen into an all-in-one PC.
OS? What OS?
It’s not faultless, though: you’ll need to supply your own OS, and with only 64GB to fill, you’ll likely need an external hard drive too; it has only four USB ports, and one of those will have to be surrendered to the bundled Wi-Fi dongle; and while hiding it away helps keep the noise down, its fan is still a distraction in quiet movie scenes. But for all that, it’s still a remarkably capable PC in a genuinely tiny shell at an amazingly cheap prize. Buy one, stick it behind your TV, and you’ll have the ultimate lounge PC.
Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus
Exceptionally tiny and powerful – truly a benchmark in micro computing