Zbox nano XS AD11 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/zotac/zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus/all en-GB Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A PC for the post-PC era, the Zotac manages to pack a dual-core 1.65GHz AMD Fusion processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD into its sub-Mac Mini frame – making it the ultimate net-top or media centre </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus" alt="Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-01.jpg?1370535683" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>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.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lounge lizard </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus" alt="Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-04.jpg?1370535683" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> OS? What OS? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>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.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus" alt="Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-02_1.jpg?1370535683" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus" alt="Zotac Zbox Nano XS AD11 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-03_0.jpg?1370535683" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1">Exceptionally tiny and powerful – truly a benchmark in micro computing</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus/review#comments Desktops Zbox nano XS AD11 Plus Zotac Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Stephen Graves 1423905 at http://www.stuff.tv Zotac Zbox nano XS AD11 Plus http://www.stuff.tv/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smaller than a Mac Mini, is this dinky powerhouse of a computer a PC for the post-PC era? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotec-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-main_0_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-13_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-11_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-10_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-09_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-08_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-07_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-06_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-04_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-03_5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Smaller than a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/apple-mac-mini-2011">Mac Mini</a> and with a better graphics processor, too, Zotac's Zbox nano XS AD11 Plus (to give it it’s full name) rivals even the stripped-to-the-silicon <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/apple-mac-mini-2011">Raspberry Pi</a> for size. It's the PC for the post-PC era, almost as powerful as a full sized tower and jammed full of uncompromising components – and yet it's also so very affordable.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £300.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five main points – Tiny size </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's not quite the size of a fag packet, but we've certainly seen larger cigarello cases. The Zbox is truly tiny, but comes equipped with a built-in card reader, USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet port and HDMI out. It's got just about everything you need in other words, except for an operating system. That means you'll need to supply your own copy of Windows for £70-odd extra or, even better, give Linux a go for free.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-06_0.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five main points – Small storage </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 64GB SSD soon fills up with a standard Windows installation, and adding a USB hard drive for permanent storage uses a precious port. You could stick a large SD card in the front reader to keep your music and photos on, but ideally you'll use the Zbox Nano XS with a networked storage device, streaming films and songs from a remote hard drive. At that point it comes into its own as a media centre to keep by the TV or a decently specced PC for working from home. There's no optical drive, but that only gets annoying when you realise that all the drivers for the Zbox have been supplied on a DVD.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-11_0.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five main points – Gaming performance </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Inside the nano XS there's an AMD Fusion processor, which has a dual core CPU and a low-end graphics processor on the same chip. It's a step up from the ones used in netbooks, and while it's slow to encode video files, for example, it can get games like World of Warcraft and Star Wars: The Old Republic running at acceptable speeds. For games, it's better than an Intel Core i3, and it makes the Atom processor redundant.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-02_0.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five main points – Attention to detail </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ignoring the DVD driver disc faux pas above, what's really impressive about the Zbox nano XS is that Zotac has thought this through really well. There's a USB WiFi adaptor, a VESA mount for strapping to a TV, and even an infra-red extension so that if it is stashed out of sight, you can still use the handy Windows Media Centre remote control that comes with it.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-01_0.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Five main points – Fan noise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We only have two real criticisms of the Zbox. Firstly, the CPU fan is constantly spinning, which is noticeably noisy up close but barely audible from across a room. Secondly the audio outputs are on the front. There's an optical SPDIF adaptor, but it looks ridiculous sticking out of the otherwise clean face-plate. Stick to the HDMI audio if you can.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-13_0.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's not quite a supercomputer in a sweet tin, but the Zbox nano XS AD11 Plus isn't far off. So long as you aren't expecting to run games at insanely high resolutions or trying to edit an HD movie, it's got all the processing power you need without any of the laggy hold ups of an Atom-powered net-top. On top of all that, it only draws 30W from the power supply, too – making it power efficient as well as cheap.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus-07_0.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/new-twitter-banner_36.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It could be the ultimate net-top or media centre: at the very least the Zbox Nano XS will redefine your expectations of a sub-Mac Mini sized PC</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/zotac-zbox-nano-xs-ad11-plus/review#comments Geek accessories Zbox nano XS AD11 Plus Zotac Fri, 13 Apr 2012 17:01:39 +0000 420777 at http://www.stuff.tv