Reviews and Problems with Zotac ZBOX Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core Barebone Mini-PC [ZBOX-ID41-U]
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Too slow for Windows & Netflix
D C., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Pros: Cool, quiet. Good documentation available.
Cons: Configured with W7, 4GB, SSD, 10GB/sec wired ethernet. Rig won't run netflix without video lag. All updates are installed and it actually plays my recorded video files over the network without flaws. Processor is apparently unable to deal with windows, silverlight, etc.
Summary: Submitted a ticket to Zotac support in February and after some correspondence, I'm still awaiting what should be some fairly simple documentation (a written estimate outlining the cost of a replacement unit in order to replace it through my credit card's extended purchase protection feature). Despite numerous requests for an update, Zotac has remained silent.
Pros: While it worked, my ZBOX ran quietly and cooly. The small form factor allowed me to place it on a shelf with adequate ventilation on either side.
Cons: Lackluster customer support after the ZBOX failed and would not even post while powering up (the unit simply powers down).
Summary: This came with the August 2012 version of the BIOS, which has a known bug with WOL (the nic doesn't stay active to receive the magic packets). Research suggests that upgrading to the Nov 2012 BIOS update will fix the problem, but I haven't had the chance to upgrade it yet.
Pros: -Good specs: NVidia ION 2nd Generation, dual core Atom w/ Hyperthreading, HDMI, Gig Ethernet.
Cons: The specs on here indicate that there was some wireless capacity built into this device; however, when I opened it up to install the RAM, I didn't see any (though it does appear to have a slot to accept one). It doesn't matter to me though, since I'm not using wireless, but just letting others know what I've noticed.