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: 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: 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?
Summary: I bought this Zotac to make a linux box to act as my gateway computer. It runs Ubuntu desktop 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) without a hitch: wifi practically configured itself, the hdmi out only needed the latest catalyst from ATI, everything else was recognized by the distro on first try. I use it mainly as a VPN, ssh, webdav and redmine server. Only technical qualm, and it is very minor, is that there's no bluetooth inside.
Pros: Very small, light, almost completely silent. Many ports despite its diminutive size.
Cons: No on board bluetooth. Lights up worse that a Christmas tree.
Summary: I guess I was expecting a bit more from the AMD's APU. Loaded in a MomentusXT and 4 gb ram and Windows 7 Professional. It run smoothly. Use it as a home entertainment computer. Plays 1080p videos just fine. Sometimes a bit choppy when running too many processes. Remember to use a 64-bit video player.
Pros: Cheap if you have spare hdd and ram lying around, plays all my favorite video on my tv
Summary: I dropped a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive in with 4 gigs of ram. loaded up Win 7. The hybrid drive helps make this little comp quicker. I am very happy with the performance of the E-350. It is much better than my old Ion 330. I looked hard at the new Zbox Nano but it lacked a front USB and costs more for the same internals. This is a good basic computer and a great HTPC.
Pros: Easy to open and add components. Surprisingly quick. Good HD playback.
Cons: If I had to pick something I would say the fan is a tad noisy but You can't here it watching or listening to media.