Reviews and Problems with Zotac ZBOX AD02 [ZBOX-AD02]
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25 December 2012
Summary: Very good, compact, quiet little PC. For a email/web/picasa(photos)/office minicomputer, this is perfect! Windows8 on it works like a charm, although there are no drivers provided by Zotac, everything was autodetected properly. From my experience: - When started the fan is very noisy (at a fixed 100% speed by default!)... but going in the BIOS and changing the setting to "smart" mode, the machine is totally _quiet_.
Pros: Inexpensive, compact, simple to setup, quiet. Nice package.
Cons: CPU speed (OK enough and faster than the system it replaced, but dont expect a ferrari)
Summary: I added the RAM and the SSD and installed Ubuntu. The first problem that I encountered was that I wasn't able to get the device to display in 1080p (this was probably due to drivers issues). I wasn't able to resolve this in the life span of the device. I settled for 720p in the meanwhile The second problem was that sound was non-existent on the HDMI connection. I read online that many other people were having this problem. I was never able to resolve it.
Pros: Doesn't generate a lot of noise, Small form factor
Cons: Refuses to boot anymore after 3 days, Sound was not working on HDMI under Ubuntu, Was not able to get 1080p resolution (probably driver issues), Wifi is incredibly weak.
Summary: Overall I'm pleased with this box. It's small size is great for the living room and it's a perfect fit for XBMC. It's so quiet that appliances in other rooms can be heard more clearly than this machine as you sit on the couch. It's pretty feature rich for such a little box. I am concerned about the CPU not being able to run next generation video compression however, but that's something to be concerned about in 2013.
Pros: Small, lightweight, quiet
Cons: No upgrade path, could use a few more USB ports
Summary: I've got this up and running after the standard windows-update-for a-day install. I puchased a dual channel kit of ram to upgrade it to 8 gigs and I don't have any problems using it as a media pc. I did have to go and buy a wifi adapter stick though. The intergrated wifi failed on the second day. I thought I had a virus, because it bogged the net down so much, that i could hardly load a web page on any of the other computers on the network..
Pros: small, light, low power useage
Cons: need an external dvd drive to set it up., super crappy intergrated wifi
Summary: I bought this machine at Xmas to serve as a small HTPC for my wife's tv. I have a larger machine that I built with an Intel board, I3 cpu, 4 gb RAM, SSD for OS and large data drive to store videos and serve to other computers. The large machine works flawlessly running on an N wireless network. Netbooks, IPAD and other desktop machines all stream video to and from the main HTPC.
Summary: This is a great little box. It was very easy to drop in a basic 64GB SSD and 8GB of ram. Currently using it to run a presentation system (MS Office, webpages, flash and videos) and have no complaints. Boots quickly and is very responsive.
Pros: Small, Quiet, Easy to open for upgrades, Circle on side lights up when powered on (oohhh)
Summary: Bought this for an HTPC. Added 8GB RAM to it and an intel 80GB SSD, so it's very quiet and boot up is quick. Installed XBMC on it and it becomes a full blown media center which is very nice. I was streaming videos through wireless N and 1080p video was smooth. All in all.
Pros: Small, Nicely built, Easy to install RAM/HDD, Quiet
Cons: E-350 is a little weak, but is expected, Only supports wireless 802.11n it seems (no b/g?)
Summary: The device was very easy to set up, but I had to google the bios commands - I didn't notice them in any of the documentation. Nice little HTPC device. Does what I wanted it to do. Pretty cool.
Pros: Small, Light, lots of options.
Cons: Not very snappy in Windows 7, but what can you really expect?