Reviews and Problems with Zotac ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus
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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
Excerpt: The biggest thing about Zotac’s new ZBox Nano XS AD11 Plus may in fact be its name. This new mini PC is so small, it makes the diminutive ZBox Nano AD10 look positively fat in comparison. Hell, the only commercial mini PC we’ve seen that’s smaller is the Apple TV, which is about the same width and depth but a quarter-inch thinner. The Apple TV is ARM-based, though, and more in the class of a typical HTPC streaming device.
Pros: Small enough to tuck anywhere; has enough power to stream most content.
Cons: Slight fan noise and underwhelming driver-install process.
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
Summary: Smaller than a Mac Mini and with a better graphics processor, too, Zotac's Zbox nano XS AD11 Plus (to give it it’s full name) rivals even the stripped-to-the-silicon Raspberry Pi for size. It's the PC for the post-PC era, almost as powerful as a full sized tower and jammed full of uncompromising components – and yet it's also so very affordable.
Excerpt: Un PC complet qui tient dans la main... Zotac l'a fait. Mais à quelles concessions l'intégration d'un ordinateur dans un si petit boîtier oblige-t-elle ? Le Nano XS Plus peut-il faire office de Media Center idéal ? Réponses...
Pros: Compact, Intégration intéressante, Bundle complet, Livré sans OS
Cons: Performances limitées, Ventilateur audible, Un peu cher