Reviews and Problems with Zotac ZBOX Intel Atom D525 1.8 GHz Dual Core Barebone Mini-PC [ZBOX-ID41-U]
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Excellent for What it Does
Peter Besenbruch, Amazon
2 January 2013
Summary: This is a netbook without the screen, keyboard, touchpad, or battery. It comes without the crappy Windows Starter operating system. In fact, it comes without an operating system. The hard drives comes formatted with a FAT32 partition. Conceivably, you could boot your operating system of choice off of a thumb drive, and write your data to the hard drive, but I didn't do that. I installed straight Debian Squeeze. I used the older 2.6.32 kernel, and installed XFCE.
Summary: I was highly disappointed with this unit. I had one fail right out of the box, then when the new one was shipped I couldn't play any HD movies on the new unit. I increased the memory to 4 gig thinking that was the problem, but it did nothing at all. I tried updating all drivers, then tried using sd video, but even that didn't work. This was a complete waste of money.
Summary: Do not buy this product it is waste of time and money. I had bought it and it doesn't worth. I had bought the top end model they have with 3d function... the device failed to pay any HD movie and any other format in prober way.. after many attempts .. I was successful in playing HD movies only by using 3rd party product ( you must buy the player). Till now this device cannot play avi, mov, wma or any type.. the processor is slow and not working probably.
Summary: As others have said the RAM is lacking. After installing Win7 Home Premium it ran sloooooooooooow. Took up to 2 minutes to load webpages, apps, or programs. Upgraded from 1GB RAM to 4GB and the response time for loading was finally acceptable. Video seems a little stuttery at times. Don't know if it's my connection or with the software.
Summary: needs more ram (rams pretty cheap tho, put 4gig in it,and it will fly! i put windows xp pro on it,and its blistering fast(with 4gig ram added to it) comes with vesa mount to put on back of monitor or wall,and a desk stand. (no keyboard or mouse tho),and came with all the drivers on cds (very nice) pefect for a ip camera setup! it actually has a fan in it! (runs cool and quiet) lightweight,and low voltage consumtion.
Summary: Not bad for the price. I change the system to have 4GB - which helped a lot! I also swapped the disk for a SSD 128GB and that helped. With these changes - the system works great. The memory was cheap - at Amazon - and I had an extra SSD. plugged in to my TV with a wireless keyboard/mouse - this makes a very nice PC to use with a TV.