Reviews and Problems with Zotac ZBOX AD02 [ZBOX-AD02]
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Blair N., Newegg
16 May 2012
Summary: For the gentleman who said he could not get it to boot off the USB thumb drive, sailor, I bet you had it plugged into the USB 3 port. They don't work until windows loads the driver for them. I only use the USB to install my OS's so it is very simple. Try harder before you call it junk.
Pros: Small, light, low power consumption, quiet, easy to get in to upgrade HDD/SSD or ram, solid performance. This little machine rocks. I bought it because I was looking to get rid of a huge tower that was a power pig. I only used it to surf the web and do some simple office application work with it....
Summary: I have this setup as a file share and used for streaming movies from iTunes to our HDTV. It works great at 1080p streams. Its OK for light multitasking ie.. watching a movie from Netflix + someone else using the file share, or streaming a movie + downloading a torrent.
Pros: lots of expansion ports, USB2, USB3, HDMI, DVI, etc... even S/PDIF Out! S/PDIF is not common with these bare bones systems. SATA 6.0GBs also, most E-350 setups have SATA 3.0GB/s
Cons: AMD E-350 is a weak CPU. This is not realy a con, since this was known before buying.
Pros: It's amazing how much computing power this puny thing has. Having built an ATX monster a couple of years ago, I was humbled by capability of a mini-ITX. This should be the future. Kudos to AMD for their Zacate APU and kudos to Zotac for a beautifully designed system. My next project would be a mi...
Summary: I connected this to our 55" LCD tv in the living room. It was one of the easiest computer setups I have done, once I figured out how to install Windows 7 from a USB hard drive. On my TV, I had to install the video drivers and change the overscan setting for the 1080 output to fill the whole screen.
Pros: good little computer, quiet, small, easy to get going, plays 1080P smoothly, reliable
The BEST SFF barebone for a budget on the market!!
Ricky P., Newegg
3 February 2012
Summary: This is absolutely a great barebone system for anyone who wants to have a small, quiet, and fast PC that doesn't take up any space. Most systems this small either don't support much memory, or are a pain to work on when adding hardware. The Zotac ZBOX is super easy to add the hard drive, memory.
Pros: *Easily Accessible internals *Super Quiet *Fast 1.6ghz dual-core APU (Radeon HD 6000 series) *Supports 8GB Memory *Supports SATA III 6GB/Sec *Supports USB 3.0 *Great wireless chipset - RaLink 2860 PCI *Realtek r8169 gigabit ethernet onboard *Intel High Definition Audio chipset onboard
Summary: Bought this as a Christmas present for the family to replace a creaky old home server. This unit + 8 GB RAM + a 128 GB SSD + a USB 3.0 attached 2 TB external drive + Windows Server 2008 R2 = satisfaction. PS3 media server runs great, backups of the family PCs run great.
Summary: I own different ZBOX, thought I would mention to Mike that overscan is controlled via the Catalyst drivers under scaling options I have nothing but good things to say about the ZBOX running WIN7 and XBMC
Summary: Pricing is a bit high, but the hard drive prices went up just before I ordered this, so my cost went over my $500 limit. I wanted a 7200 RPM drive versus the Zotac ZBOX that came with a hard drive and memory. Otherwise, the wife is happy and so am I.
Pros: System is quiet and functional on all levels. Much faster than I expected considering the processor speed. AMD's duals cores obviously helping out on speed. WiFi seems to work pretty well while I was installing software although it's final installation is using ethernet instead.
Cons: Only issue has been with the SD card slot. At first, I reloaded the drivers, then used a bit more force in seating the card, it finally registered. Seems to be working ok now.