ZOTAC ZBOXSD-ID10-U PC Barebone System
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- Hard Drive: Support 1x 2.5 Inches SATA2 Hard Drive
- Memory: 2x 200Pin DDR2-800 SODIMM, Max capacity Upto 4GB
- Chipset: Intel NM10 Express
- CPU: Intel Atom Dual-Core Processor D510(1.66 GHz, FSB 667MHz)
- LAN: Integrated Gigabit Ethernet Controller, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
- Audio: Integrated Onboard 7.1-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Ports: 6x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 1 on front panel, 1 on top panel), 1x DVI Port, 1x HDMI Port, 1x eSATA Port, 1x Digital S/PDIF Out, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
- Carder Reader: 4-in-1 card reader
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Note it is NOT capable of playing blu-ray, as they are encoded with h.264 (mpeg4) and the CPU has no native decoder. I haven't tried it with reduced resolutions (720p) though.
All in all, this is an excellent little PC with plenty of power for web browsing, HTPC applications, Pandora, or light gaming. It's virtually silent, and with 4 GB RAM and 160 GB HDD, I measured it consuming 26W at idle and 35-40W at full CPU load. It does make a bit of heat so give it some room to breathe, especially on the top (air outlet side). You wouldn't want to enclose this in a stereo cabinet without venting.
It's small and comes with a shelf to hold it that you can mount on the back of any monitor with the standard screw holds for mounting. Obviously you cannot mount the monitor on the wall and mound your ZBox to the back at the same time.
My ZBox is mounted to the back of my monitor. That gets it out of the way nicely.
I have an external TV Tuner (Hauppauge 1192 WinTV HVR-1950 External USB HDTV Tuner/Video Recorder) which works great. I upgraded from an external USB Hauppauge 850. The 850 really taxed the CPU and the 1950 doesn't seem to have much impact on CPU Usage. The 1950 records better video quality too (using the same software)
I have the VGA port from the ZBox going to my monitor and the HDMI port is being converted to composite RCA output HDMI to Composite /S-Video Converter 3RCA CRT TV CVBS(Red, White, Yellow) and being feed into my TV.
I'm using XBMC (free software) to play the videos that I record on the HDMI port. I'm happy with the results. I've tried using a remote control with the ZBox to use XBMC and I've found it's just easier to have a wireless keyboard. I'm using the Iogear GKM561R IOGEAR Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel, 2.4GHz Wireless GKM561R (Black). It has a built in trackball and multimedia keys.
I'm not sure about the limit as far as 720p or 1080p since I'm converting it to analog.Read more ›
Of course, this PC must not be overestimated: do not expect it to make render in 3ds Max or AutoCAD, it won't be able to run 3d games or play full HD movies. However, it is very good for common tasks... and certanly great for its price...
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Is a decent product, no the fastest, but you get what you pay, and for the price these is a great dealPublished on March 11, 2012 by raphael11cr
Do not buy this product. As the other review stated it cant play 1080 and not only that cant play 720!!!! The graphics accelerator is horrible. Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Dan, AZ USA