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Zotac ZBOX nano XS AD11 PLUS
29 October 2012
Summary: It is actually quite difficult to find something awry with the Zotac ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus. The unit is not only one of the most compact ones on the market, but it is also constructed well and delivers the performance expected of the AMD E-450 platform. The use of a quality SSD really does make things go much quicker during every-day use. Zotac has accounted for pretty much every scenario out of the box.
Pros: Very competitive pricing, Extremely compact, Excellent mix of connectivity, Remote control included, Cool ring of light on top that can be turned off, Additional IR receiver included, Wireless connectivity via a USB Antenna, Excellent construction quality, USB 2.0 with proper charge capabilities, A quite fast, brand-named SSD within, SD-card reader, Fan emits clean noise, Memory and SSD easily upgradable, UEFI BIOS
Cons: Rather loud in comparison to other E-450 based systems, Gets quite hot under our benchmarks, Wireless solution takes up anUSB port
Summary: Our only negative experience with the AD11 was getting all of the drivers installed. You shouldn’t have to play Where’s Waldo to accomplish this task, but we had to. There’s also a tad bit of fan whine under heavier loads and the USB Wi-Fi fan dongle is uninspired but practical. That doesn’t erase the pluses, though. The AD11 is impressively small and capable for what it is.
Pros: Small enough to tuck anywhere; has enough power to stream most content.
Cons: Slight fan noise and underwhelming driver-install process.
Summary: The ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus retails for Rs.25,400, which we feel is a very good price considering the whole package and just how tiny it is. You could build a mini-ITX based HTPC yourself but that will turn out to be more expensive and you’ll never be able to build one this small, so considering that, we’d say ZOTAC has priced it well.
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Conclusion: Specs and Comparisons
Despite its compact size, Zotac were able to adjust the specs inside the Zbox Nano XS to deliver a respectable amount of performance. Having looked at a few of Zotac’s PCs in the past, I chose to compare this model to the Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 Plus.
Excerpt: In addition to building graphics cards, Zotac is one of only a handful companies to fully embrace small form factor and home theater systems. Whether you want to build something yourself from the ground up, quickly assemble a barebones rig, or pick up a fully built HTPC, Zotac has you covered.
Pros: Low Power, Super Slick Form Factor, Good Price, DX11 Graphics, WiFi, IR, GB LAN All Here
Cons: Could Use More USB Ports, Included WiFi Controller Sub-Par, No OS
Summary: There are phones in service bigger than the Nano XS – seriously, you could fit it in your jeans pocket. But this is no stripped-to-the-silicon Raspberry Pi clone. It packs a dual-core AMD chip and Radeon graphics, but swaps the hard drive for a speedy SSD.
Conclusion: For day to day use, such as web browsing, using Office and watching 1080P movies the ZBOX does well and handles everything easily. Boot up is handled pretty rapidly, as it doesn’t stop to run POST checks for long. When using the ZBOX more like my normal PC, I start to see some slow downs, this is mostly because of the fact that only 2GB of RAM is provided and once Windows and the built graphics has had their slice, there isn’t much left for your applications.
Pros: Tiny size, Low power usage, Easily handles normal day to day usage., Excellent mounting flexibility, Included fast 64GB SSD, Excellent bundle
Cons: Only 2GB of RAM included, Fan noise can be annoying after some time, APU temperatures often exceed 90C