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Zotac ZBOX AMD E-350 APU 1.6GHz Dual Core with HD, Memory, and Blu-Ray All-in-One Mini PC Other Components ZBOX-AD03BR-PLUS

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  • AMD E Series Processor 1.6GHz
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310

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Experience a completely new level of energy-efficient computing with the digital media friendly ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 Plus mini-PC. Powered by the AMD E-350 APU Platform with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Discrete-Class Graphics, the ZOTAC ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 Plus delivers outstanding CPU and GPU performance capable of handling streaming high-definition video, Blu-ray playback and day-to-day computing tasks with unprecedented energy-efficiency.

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Product Dimensions 13.2 x 3.5 x 11.8 inches
Item Weight 5.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.7 pounds
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ASIN B004PGMF7G
Item model number ZBOX-AD03BR-PLUS
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3.5 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #327,664 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#849 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computers & Tablets > Desktops > Minis
Date first available at Amazon.com February 23, 2011

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By Matthew DeNardo on June 13, 2011
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I purchased this computer once it became available on Amazon and have been using it as an HTPC for about two months at the time of this writing, so I have a pretty good basis for comparison. I am intentionally trying to cover items not discussed in the reviews already posted.

The packaging was both minimal and effective. Upon opening the box, I found the computer, various cables, and the envelope with the setup guide and software. I installed extra RAM, which was easy enough to perform and the included instructions had a section dedicated to doing just that.

There was no OS included (by design), which was fine by me. I toyed with the idea of installing xbmc as an OS, but decided to go with Windows 7 due to Blu-Ray support. Since W7 did all I needed it to, dual-booting wasn't necessary for me. Setting up Windows 7 was easy, though I needed to use the included driver disc to get HDMI output to a full 1920x1080. I am primarily using xbmc on this machine, but have WMC set up for Hulu and integration with PowerDVD. One negative of the setup is that PowerDVD came as part of a suite, the rest of which I found useless. I didn't see an option to install *just* the software I wanted. On the plus side, PowerDVD is one of the few software packages I have ever seen that decodes and overlays closed captioning on the HDMI signal. That is a major plus for me and I commend them for selecting this software as opposed to TotalMediaTheatre or another package.

One quirk of the hardware is that all of the ports are upside-down. It is not a negative, but a curiousity nonetheless. Another is that there is only one USB port in the back. I would have preferred more back there.
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I bought two of these to use based on the first reviewer's feedback on the unit. My biggest complaint about the unit is the noise level. The CPU fan is very loud in a slient room. Not at all acceptable for a media pc. None of the fan control apps appear to work with this unit, so there's no way to slow down the fan to reduce the noise level. The build quality is a bit on the shoddy side as well. I had to return one of the first batch as four of the six screw mounts for the main cover had failed during shipping (they are all plastic). The second one had two failed mounts, but I could deal with that so I kept it. I'm currently working to see if I can mod one of the silentx fan speed controllers to work with this to get the noise issue under control.

If fan noise is a concern, look elsewhere.
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I just got this a few days ago, finally. The unit has a very rich look, Apple design like which is great. The performance is fantastic. Very snappy and put my Dell Zino HD to shame. The machine runs very cool and quiet, it gets only slightly warm after hours of being on and playing BD rips. It looks like an expensive BD player made by Apple. This has USB 3.0 and has SATA III which is 6 GBps which means, if you put one of those SSD from OCZ Vertex 3, the machine will scream with performance.

Also, I was able to bitstream (DTS-MA Dolby True HD) via HDMI with my blu-ray rips which is the whole reason why I bought this awesome unit in the first place. I am using ffdshow and mpc-hc to successfully bitstream high res audio. Like lots of folks out there, I never paid attention to the audio side of the HD movie watching experience. With DTS-MA or True HD audio, the sound quality increases 1000 times than the crappy AC3 or DTS core sound that I used to think was awesome.

Playing full HD 1080p ripped content like Avatar m2ts and MKVs and the video is just stunning with very low CPU usage. Haven't played with Flash contents yet but who cares. Say goodbye to your Intel Atom boxes as non of them can bitstream.
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First, I would like to say that, as far as this particular product goes, it is flipping awesome. I received a barebones by mistake, and simply purchased the hard drive and RAM elsewhere. It runs fabulously on Ubuntu 13.04, and I have yet to have any memorable issues with it.

The five stars are for the product, because I like it. I am not reducing the stars on the product for the seller experience, but I am going to include the seller experience because I feel that you should be warned.

As you may have noticed, there are two sellers for this product currently. Amazon and SabrePC. SabrePC's offer is, at present, $175.73 (not counting shipping) cheaper than Amazon's. So I decided to purchase it. It arrived, and I found out that it was not what I ordered. As I stated earlier, I got the Barebones, not the PLUS. I didn't mind. I already had RAM coming, so I just got a new, more spacious hard drive as well.
These things cost money.
Well, SabrePC sells a lot of things. Among them is the Barebones version of this item. I looked up how much it cost and perceived that it was EXACTLY $70 cheaper than the PLUS version (again, not factoring in shipping). To clarify:
ZBOX AD03 PLUS: $269.99
ZBOX AD03 Barebones: $199.99
Difference between the two:$ 70.99
In the midst of all this, I foolishly wrote up a seller review on SabrePC. I have not found a way to edit that, which is why this is part of my review of this product.
So I contacted SabrePC AFTER writing my review, explained my situation and waited. They replied pretty quickly, and told me I could either have a $50 refund or have the hard drive and RAM that were supposed to be in the ZBOX.
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