Summary: I just spent the last hour setting this computer up. Took me less than a minute to install the RAM (Crucial 2x2gb DDR3 1066) and hard drive (Corsair Nova 30GB SSD). The machine installed OpenElec off of a USB drive without any issue. The Wifi settings were easy to locate in the Openelec settings, and the machine streams all of my 720P h264 media flawlessly. The GUI for Aeon Nox in XBMC 12.2 (Frodo) is perfect once all of the fanart has been cached.
Summary: This is a picky computer for memory, I tried memory from Corsair but my initial memory didn't post the motherboard. Then it worked then did random restarts during windows xp and ubuntu installs, ended up taking a four gig stick out of my 2010 mac mini. Since it worked I ordered that same exact memory and that didn't work in my mini or zbox even though it was the same exact model number. I ended up at my local bx and got some memory from centron which I haven't heard of.
Summary: I purchased the zbox ID80 along with the hard drive and the RAM that were suggested to me with the box. Connected to my smart tv the device makes a discontinued long beep, and the tv screen stays black. Tried to connect it with different options I have, hdmi, vga to hdmi, vga to regular video/audio input but the same thing happens no matter how I connect it. I emailed the zotac support, no answer back.
Summary: I was really excited to get this unit to use it for an HTPC and file server over in the corner of the living room to serve files for our other 6 computers - my final goal was to put Windows 2008 server on it - being that it's a power sipper, and toss it in the corner on the book shelf - with the books. I got it for a good deal. When it came, opened the box, all looks great. The construction is excellent - except for one major detail. More on that in a moment.
Summary: What a cool machine... Got 128Gb SSD HDD (hard drive) and 4 Gb Ram, wireless mouse and keyboard, installed Windows 8 and it works like a charm. I also used the bracket to attach it behind a 24 " Samsung monitor. So far... Awesome little machine. Very quick start up, very quiet.
Summary: I bought this to act as a music server running Ubuntu. As far as that goes it worked fine, rarely rebooting. Unfortunately it failed completely after about 18 months. The warranty, not surprisingly, is only one year and customer service at Zotac had zero sympathy, no discount on a new model, no offers of a refurbished replacement or other options. It was very perfunctory.
Summary: I am pleased with this system. It does what I bought it for, which is to be a simple watt-sipping computer to be able to surf, email, write, and torrent. I didn't expect this system to be like my AMD PhenomII X6 system with 16GB of memory, which feels like it dims the lights in my house when I turn it on. My only concern has been that it runs a little hotter than I prefer.
Summary: Added a 32Gb SSD drive and a 2GB SODIMM and installed the OPENELEC build of XMBC, it worked perfectly, including the IR Remote that came bundled with the ID80 (this was an Amazon Warehouse purchase - I purchased two and only one came with the remote)
Summary: UPDATE- I ended up returning this unit (and looking to upgrade to ID82 with i3 CPU instead). I'm lowering the original rating as well, as I feel the PC/CPU is underpowered for use as HTPC. After all the tweaking, I still wasn't able to get 1080 playback in VLC. I successfully used Plex for 1080 playback though. But overall, everything in Win7 Ultimate (fresh install) felt way too sluggish (comparing to my 2.53 Ghz P9500- powered 4-year old laptop).