Tuesday, 19 July 2011 21:26

Zotac’s tiny Zbox AD02 Plus previewed, enjoyed

Written by Fudzilla staff
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Preview: Zboxed Fusion offers impressive features
With the advent of Intel’s Atom processor series, vendors started vying for their piece of the small form factor market and thus the nettbook was created overnight. However, Intel’s first Atom chips really weren’t up to the task, since they lacked power and featured ancient integrated graphics.

AMD is looking to change all that with its Brazos platform and so far it seems to be doing rather well. Several vendors have introduced Brazos laptops and netbooks, but so far few have started selling nettops. Zotac is one of them and today we’ll take the Zbox AD02 Plus for a brief spin.

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The new Zbox sticks to Zotac’s tried and tested design, small, simple, yet stylish. It measures 188x188x44mm, making it one of the smallest Fusion rigs on the market. It costs about €250 in the European market, which isn’t bad either.

It packs an E-350 APU, A50M chipset, 2GB of memory and 250GB hard drive. In terms of features and connectivity, AMD’s Fusion beats any Intel Atom hands down. This is especially true of the Zbox, since it offers USB 3.0, eSATA, SATA 6Gbps, DVI, HDMI and WiFi, all on board and ready to go. One could hardly ask for more, aside from additional storage and memory, but in that case Zotac will gladly sell you a barebone version for about €190. Of course, we will talk about the pros and cons at length in our review.

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Our first impressions are largely positive. We like the build quality, the understated design and the piano black finish will go well with most TVs and monitors on the market. Zotac also provides a VESA mount and a vertical stand to suit everyone’s needs. The spec is pretty impressive and future-proof thanks to USB 3.0 and eSATA.

We are running some benchmarks as we speak and we hope to have a full review ready within a couple of days, so stay tuned.
Last modified on Tuesday, 19 July 2011 20:49
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+2 #1 Decembermouse 2011-07-19 22:44
In your full review, could you please show a few extra things? We've seen dozens of Brazos systems benchmarked, and they're all pretty similar. We want more than benchies! We are all geeks here, and love the gory details :D

-BIOS, options, underVolting and OC options? Memory tweaking? Temp monitoring? Fan control?

-Motherboard, heatsink(s), how good the wiring job is... pictures please :)

-Info on the PSU, its fan location(s), and for that matter air flow through the entire system, intake and exhaust

-Pictures of the system on the VESA mount, real-life application

I hope you guys see this comment and feel like humoring us; I'm sure we'd appreciate some eye candy and details on this gorgeous-looking system...
 
 
+2 #2 nele 2011-07-20 09:00
Quoting Decembermouse:
In your full review, could you please show a few extra things? We've seen dozens of Brazos systems benchmarked, and they're all pretty similar. We want more than benchies! We are all geeks here, and love the gory details :D

-BIOS, options, underVolting and OC options? Memory tweaking? Temp monitoring? Fan control?

-Motherboard, heatsink(s), how good the wiring job is... pictures please :)

-Info on the PSU, its fan location(s), and for that matter air flow through the entire system, intake and exhaust

-Pictures of the system on the VESA mount, real-life application

I hope you guys see this comment and feel like humoring us; I'm sure we'd appreciate some eye candy and details on this gorgeous-looking system...


I don't think there's much to talk about in the bios/undervolting department...

As for the rest, will do... ;-) The VESA mount is top notch, very clever...
 
 
0 #3 Decembermouse 2011-07-20 14:12
Quoting nele:
I don't think there's much to talk about in the bios/undervolting department...

As for the rest, will do... ;-) The VESA mount is top notch, very clever...


Thanks! Yeah, I kinda figured about the BIOS, but it couldn't hurt to ask! Maybe someday companies who also build graphics cards and mobos will start giving us better options in the whole computers they build... as for the rest, I look forward to the review!
 
 
0 #4 FnuGk 2011-07-21 14:19
Could we get a link to the full review when it comes up?
I have bookmarked this page so it would be a shame if i missed it because it was only to be found on the front page
 
 
0 #5 nele 2011-07-21 14:29
Will do.

The review should be done in a couple of days, we're working on a couple of reviews at once so it's taking more than usual.
 

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