Conclusion: Starting with the build quality of the ZBOX AD83 Plus we have a system which feels nice and solid. The high shine surfaces used on the top and bottom fit well and whether we have the unit horizontal on our desk, vertical in the stand or mounted on the bracket it feels sturdy. The PSU is a decent brand and rated appropriately for the system and inside we have some quality memory from Samsung and of course an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU which is always good to see.
Conclusion: The Zbox ID83 Plus has the network connectivity and I/O ports users crave today, and we’re glad to see USB 3.0 finally appearing in mini-PCs. If you can be happy within the limitations of Intel’s HD Graphics 4000, then the Third-Generation Core i3 pumps out enough performance to meet practically any modest consumer video, audio, and Web need.
Pros: Fluid video playback, Small, attractive design, Lots of I/O ports, including USB 3.0, Support for dual display output, Low power draw, Quiet under load
Cons: Slow hard drive (in Plus model), Limited graphics performance, Price doesn't include OS
Conclusion: With the ZBOX ID83, ZOTAC have certainly upped their game in the mini-PC market. The improved Intel processor makes the ID83 a great and compact desktop replacement for most office or home tasks, and even the odd videogame or basic Photoshop. If you’ve got one of the older ZBOX units or are looking for a slightly faster media-based PC, then this is the unit to grab.
Conclusion: With its Intel Ivy Bridge processor, generous port selection, and support for dual-display output, the Zbox ID83 Plus has the capacity to go beyond its intended media consumption purposes. If you're a patient person who doesn't mind separately acquiring an OS and peripherals, it's a good enough way to rev up your home entertainment centre. Published under license from Ziff Davis, Inc., New York, All rights reserved.
Pros: Compact chassis, Generous port selection, Supports dual-display output
Cons: No operating system, No bundled peripherals, Limited space for expansion