Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 (Plus)

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Pros

  • Absolutely tiny
  • Attractive and affordable
  • Quiet and frugal
  • Packed with connections
  • Integrated IR and remote

Cons

  • Limited performance
  • No optical drive
  • No ready-out-of-box configs
  • No integrated TV tuner

Key Features

  • Review Price: £189.36
  • AMD dual-core E-350 1.6GHz CPU
  • AMD Fuzion HD 6310 Graphics
  • 2 – 4GB RAM
  • 250GB to 1TB HDD (or SSD)
  • USB 3.0, eSATA, HDMI, DisplayPort

Nettops are perhaps more of a niche than they deserve to be.

Basically tiny, low-power desktop PCs, they’re ideal as media players,

unfettered by all the restrictions and limitations dedicated devices suffer.

They’re also great to have permanently hooked up on your desk, if all you want

to do is browse the web, do a bit of productivity, watch video and play the odd

casual game – in other words, what the vast majority of folks tend to do with

their computers. Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 (Plus) 3

We’ve had a few amazing entrants in the small desktop

category recently, like the ASRock Vision 3D and award-winning Acer Aspire Revo 100. Unfortunately, though it was a standout effort in many

regards, Zotac’s Blu-ray playing entrant, the aptly named ZBOX Blu-ray, didn’t quite live up to our hopes. Now the company has its new

Nano, which ditches the optical drive but trumps its cousins and many

competitors in other ways, and manages to be smaller to boot. It packs an AMD

E350 CPU and integrated Radeon GPU, and comes in pre-built or bare-bones

options.

First off, let’s just emphasise how incredibly tiny and cute

this little beast is. Its footprint is actually smaller than a music CD case,

and it’s only slightly taller than the average mouse or half the height of a

mug, at a mere 5cm including its rubber feet. Frankly, we can’t remember ever

seeing such an affordable and versatile mini machine that fits on the palm of

your hand. Zotac Zbox Nano AD10 (Plus) 2

Its combination of a glossy black plastic top and

Apple-esque milled aluminium sides is also rather attractive. Its panels might

not fit as perfectly, but then the Zotac Nano AD10 Plus (to give it its full

and somewhat convoluted name) is in a whole different price class to something

like the Mac Mini, or even the aforementioned ASRock Vision 3D.

You see, the Nano can be yours for as little as £189

(without memory or hard drive). And though its performance won’t exactly be

comparable, its Atom-equivalent AMD CPU will handle daily workloads, while its

AMD HD 6310 graphics will make short work of any kind of HD video. Build

quality is excellent, and though the piano black top does pick up fingerprints,

it’s not too much of an issue. The power button’s action is solid yet crisp. It’s

also worth noting that a green LED ring lights up ‘in’ the black lid as soon as

you turn the machine on, which is a nice/garish touch depending on your taste.

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