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Affordable Zotac ZBOX edge mini PC in review

A silent office PC! The new Zotac ZBOX edge barebone doesn't need an active cooling unit, allowing for silent operation. However, you have to live with limitations in terms of performance. In this review, we explain what this means in detail.
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The Zotac C series' edge is based on an Intel Gemini Lake SoC with a very low TDP of only 6 watts, which enables passive cooling. The Intel Celeron N4100 has a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz and reaches up to 2.4 GHz under load. The quad-core processor is sufficient for simple office tasks. Despite the passive cooling, the mini PC is very slim at just 32 millimeters. Conversely, this also means that there's no room for a 2.5-inch drive in its interior. Instead, an M.2 mass storage drive is used, but that shouldn't be a problem at all. When it comes to RAM, users have the option of equipping the barebone with two SO-DIMM modules.

The Zotac ZBOX edge can be found on the shelves of various online stores for just under 200 Euros (~$242). However, you have to keep in mind that this is a barebone system. This means that you have to buy the storage device, memory modules, and a license for the operating system separately.

The mini PC offers a solid basis in terms of connections. A total of three USB ports allow connecting various external devices. However, one of them is installed as a Type-C port, which somewhat restricts the use of common USB devices when a mouse and keyboard already need to be connected. Furthermore, there is dual-Gigabit LAN and an SD card reader. In addition, displays can be connected via HDMI or DisplayPort. A Wi-Fi 5 module is available for wireless network connections, and it also supports Bluetooth 4.2 at the same time. The box includes a small 40-watt power adapter as well.

Case and connectivity

The case of the Zotac ZBOX edge is mainly made of plastic and aluminum. The device leaves a high-quality impression, both in terms of looks and feel. If you want to equip the barebone, you have to remove the underside, which is easy. The SSD and RAM can be installed quickly, and the device is ready for use after installing the operating system.

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Performance - Enough for everyday work

The Zotac ZBOX edge is a very energy-efficient office system. The Intel Celeron N4100 is specified with a TDP of only 6 watts; consequently, it doesn't need an active cooling unit. The quad-core SoC is sufficient for simple office tasks. For the test, we equipped the mini PC with 16 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. However, it should be noted that only SATA SSDs are supported. Unfortunately, faster NVMe SSDs can't be used.

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Processor

A mobile SoC with four Atom-based cores and four threads serves as processor. This makes the small PC ideally suited for multi-threaded applications for daily office use. The Intel Celeron N4100 has a base clock speed of 1.1 GHz, and it reaches up to 2.4 GHz via Turbo.

In the test, the energy-efficient SoC was able to achieve sufficient performance and a better average result. Compared to the more powerful Core i5 SoCs, however, our test sample has to admit defeat by a considerable margin. Due to the low TDP of only 6 watts, the SoC can't provide more performance. We could not determine a higher power consumption of the Intel Celeron N4100 under load in our test device.

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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
168 Points ∼100% +140%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
165 Points ∼98% +136%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
117 Points ∼70% +67%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
108 Points ∼64% +54%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
84 Points ∼50% +20%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
70 Points ∼42%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (62 - 71, n=12)
68.1 Points ∼41% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
790 Points ∼100% +231%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
687 Points ∼87% +187%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
298 Points ∼38% +25%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
261 Points ∼33% +9%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
239 Points ∼30%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
220 Points ∼28% -8%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
211 (209.9min - 211.39max) Points ∼27% -12%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (161 - 254, n=12)
206 Points ∼26% -14%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1.91 Points ∼100% +130%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1.88 Points ∼98% +127%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1.33 Points ∼70% +60%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1.28 Points ∼67% +54%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.83 Points ∼43%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (0.8 - 0.83, n=3)
0.82 Points ∼43% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
8.66 Points ∼100% +199%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
7.55 Points ∼87% +160%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
3.26 Points ∼38% +12%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2.9 Points ∼33%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
2.86 Points ∼33% -1%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (2.13 - 2.9, n=3)
2.4 Points ∼28% -17%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (2437 - 3527, n=7)
3032 Seconds * ∼100% -22%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2490.2 Seconds * ∼82%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
676.2 Seconds * ∼22% +73%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
584.9 Seconds * ∼19% +77%
wPrime 2.10
1024m
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
731.5 s * ∼100% -24%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (591 - 790, n=3)
724 s * ∼99% -22%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
620 s * ∼85% -5%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
591.026 s * ∼81%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
558 s * ∼76% +6%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
217.837 s * ∼30% +63%
32m
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
23.1 s * ∼100% -22%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (19 - 22.5, n=3)
20.3 s * ∼88% -7%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
19.5 s * ∼84% -3%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
18.97 s * ∼82%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
18 s * ∼78% +5%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6.78 s * ∼29% +64%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
49.35 (49.1min - 51.6max) fps ∼100% +203%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
19.3 fps ∼39% +18%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
16.46 fps ∼33% +1%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
16.3 (16.2min - 16.5max) fps ∼33%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
13.75 fps ∼28% -16%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (11.8 - 16.3, n=3)
13.3 fps ∼27% -18%
Pass 1
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
184.5 (184min - 186max) fps ∼100% +137%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
105 fps ∼57% +35%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
88.46 fps ∼48% +14%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
77.7 (76.8min - 78.9max) fps ∼42%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
74 fps ∼40% -5%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (57.7 - 77.7, n=3)
64.5 fps ∼35% -17%
TrueCrypt
Serpent Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.48 GB/s ∼100% +196%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
0.166 GB/s ∼35% +2%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.162 GB/s ∼34%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (0.156 - 0.162, n=3)
0.1587 GB/s ∼33% -2%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
0.142 GB/s ∼30% -12%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0.133 GB/s ∼28% -18%
Twofish Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
0.79 GB/s ∼100% +235%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
0.283 GB/s ∼36% +20%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
0.245 GB/s ∼31% +4%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
0.236 GB/s ∼30%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (0.222 - 0.236, n=3)
0.2303 GB/s ∼29% -2%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0.199 GB/s ∼25% -16%
AES Mean 100MB
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4.7 GB/s ∼100% +176%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1.7 GB/s ∼36% 0%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.7 GB/s ∼36%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (1.7 - 1.7, n=3)
1.7 GB/s ∼36% 0%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1.5 GB/s ∼32% -12%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
1.3 GB/s ∼28% -24%
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
16172 Points ∼100% +208%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
13949 Points ∼86% +165%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
5259 Points ∼33%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (4713 - 5404, n=7)
5188 Points ∼32% -1%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
5066 Points ∼31% -4%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4871 Points ∼100% +174%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
3680 Points ∼76% +107%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
2613 Points ∼54% +47%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (1731 - 1799, n=7)
1779 Points ∼37% 0%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1775 Points ∼36%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
428 Points ∼100% +176%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
418 Points ∼98% +170%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
200 Points ∼47% +29%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
155 Points ∼36%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (151 - 155, n=7)
153 Points ∼36% -1%
CPU (Multi Core)
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1820 Points ∼100% +233%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1581 Points ∼87% +190%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
546 Points ∼30%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
491 Points ∼27% -10%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (368 - 560, n=7)
440 Points ∼24% -19%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6.28 fps ∼100% +345%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
5.16 fps ∼82% +266%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1.41 fps ∼22%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (0.974 - 1.5, n=6)
1.211 fps ∼19% -14%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
0 fps ∼0% -100%

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Cinebench R15 Multi loop

The load test with the Cinebench R15 Multi loop shows that the cooling system doesn't have any problems with the low TDP of the hexa-core processor. Here, the first result shows the run with the best possible Turbo utilization, which is only present for a short time, though. After the first run, the result settles at a stable level.

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System performance

The small mini PC from Zotac performs well in the synthetic benchmarks. However, performance varies based on the installed components, so better results might be achieved with RAM that runs in dual-channel mode. The subjective impression is reflected in the test result. Therefore, users shouldn't expect too much from the ZBOX edge, because it could otherwise lead to short waiting times.

PCMark 10
Productivity
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
6494 Points ∼100% +139%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
4084 Points ∼63% +50%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (2567 - 2993, n=9)
2761 Points ∼43% +1%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2721 Points ∼42%
Score
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4019 Points ∼100% +139%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
2391 Points ∼59% +42%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1682 Points ∼42%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (1502 - 1920, n=9)
1639 Points ∼41% -3%
PCMark 8
Storage Score v2
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (4670 - 4818, n=2)
4744 Points ∼100% +2%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
4670 Points ∼98%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4233 Points ∼89% -9%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
4588 Points ∼100% +77%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
4286 Points ∼93% +65%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
4046 Points ∼88% +56%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
3732 Points ∼81% +44%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (2590 - 3191, n=9)
2895 Points ∼63% +12%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2590 Points ∼56%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
5005 Points ∼100% +138%
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
4395 Points ∼88% +109%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
3594 Points ∼72% +71%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
2100 Points ∼42%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (1716 - 2119, n=4)
1990 Points ∼40% -5%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
3667 Points ∼100% +105%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
3526 Points ∼96% +98%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
3062 Points ∼84% +72%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
2901 Points ∼79% +63%
Average Intel Celeron N4100
  (1670 - 2259, n=12)
1912 Points ∼52% +7%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
1785 Points ∼49%

Graphics card

The system doesn't come with a dedicated graphics card. Instead, it uses the Intel UHD Graphics 600 iGPU. 4K displays can be run at 60 Hz using the two external ports, which is sufficient for office use. However, 3D performance is not really available, which is also evident in the benchmarks. Consequently, the system is not suitable for 3D games. Nevertheless, playing one or two casual or browser games should still be possible with the ZBOX edge.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
2322 Points ∼100% +292%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1914 Points ∼82% +223%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1853 Points ∼80% +212%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1458 Points ∼63% +146%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
1175 Points ∼51% +98%
Zotac ZBOX EDGE CI341, Intel Celeron N4100
1100, Intel UHD Graphics 600
593 Points ∼26%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (410 - 638, n=21)
546 Points ∼24% -8%
3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Intel NUC6i5SYH, Intel Core i5-6260U
1800, Intel Iris Graphics 540
1479 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkBook 15 , Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1309 Points ∼89%
Intel NUC10i5FNK, Intel Core i5-10210U
1600, Intel UHD Graphics 620
1202 Points ∼81%
Intel NUC5i5RYH, Intel Core i5-5250U
1600, Intel HD Graphics 6000
1033 Points ∼70%
Intel NUC5i3RYK, Intel Core i3-5010U
2100, Intel HD Graphics 5500
770 Points ∼52%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 600
  (315 - 486, n=15)
418 Points ∼28%
3DMark 11 Performance
673 points
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Emissions and energy

Temperature

Stress test: Prime95
Stress test: Prime95

Even under load, the temperatures of the Zotac ZBOX edge are always in the uncritical range. The surface of the case heats up a bit more than usual due to the passive cooling, but it's still acceptable at a good 54 °C (~129 °F). We register a temperature of 64 °C (~147 °F) for the SoC during the load test, which is also a normal value. We also measure a good value of 41 °C (~106 °F) for the power adapter under load.

The Zotac ZBOX edge in the stress test
The Zotac ZBOX edge in the stress test
The Zotac ZBOX edge in the stress test
The Zotac ZBOX edge in the stress test
The Zotac ZBOX edge in the stress test
The Zotac ZBOX edge in the stress test

Noise emissions

There are no emissions from active cooling components in the Zotac ZBOX edge. This makes silent use in the office possible. Even under load during the stress test or when accessing data on the installed SSD, we didn't notice any electronic noises or coil whine.

Energy consumption

Zotac can score well with the ZBOX edge in terms of energy consumption, since the very energy-efficient SoC only consumes a maximum of 6 watts under load. Naturally, the remaining components also need some energy, so that we documented an average of 16 watts in the stress test. In idle usage, the compact system is satisfied with an average of 6 watts. The included 40-watt power adapter is, therefore, completely sufficient.

Energy consumption in idle usage
Energy consumption in idle usage
Energy consumption in the stress test (Prime95)
Energy consumption in the stress test (Prime95)

Pros

+ very slim and stable case
+ low power consumption
+ silent operation
+ SD card reader
+ up to five years of warranty (after registration)

Cons

- only 2x USB Type-A ports

Verdict - An energy-efficient office PC

Zotac ZBOX edge, provided by Zotac Germany
Zotac ZBOX edge, provided by Zotac Germany

The Zotac ZBOX edge mini PC is quite an interesting device when it comes to silent and very energy-efficient work. The Intel Celeron N4100 belongs to the Gemini Lake family and was able to deliver solid performance in the test that is above the average of our previously documented benchmark scores. The frugal quad-core CPU is sufficient for everyday office work if you don't feed it with too many tasks at the same time.

With the ZBOX edge, Zotac offers a very affordable yet high-quality barebone system for office use.

However, those who want to buy the system have to keep in mind that it's a barebone system. Consequently, the storage drive, RAM, and operating system still need to be installed. Therefore, the low purchase price, which is around 200 Euros ($179.99 on Amazon), becomes somewhat relative. In addition, the mass storage device has the particularity of only supporting SATA SSDs.

The design is simple, and there are no shortcomings in terms of build quality. The available ports offer a solid base, although we would have found the inclusion of a third USB Type-A port to make sense. The possibility to connect two displays is good as is the integrated SD card reader.

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Sebastian Bade, 2021-02-27 (Update: 2021-02-27)