Zotac adds Intel Core processors to its ZBOX nano mini-PCs
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Mini-PCs seem to be gaining popularity. Whether they are Android sticks that turn a TV into a makeshift computer or a full Windows PC that can fit in the palm of your hand, the small format offers many of the benefits of an all-in-one but with more flexibility (and a lower price).
Zotac has recently launched a new line of ZBOX nano mini-PCs that provide interesting new options in the category. While most products this small are limited by relatively low performance (often because of slow Intel Atom chips), Zotac's newest models run on high-speed Intel Ivy Bridge processors.
The ZBOX nano ID63 features a Core i3 3227U processor, the nano ID64 has a Core i5 3337U, and the nano ID65 has a Core i7 3537U. All three models also feature Intel HD 4000 Graphics, an HDMI port, a display port, 802.11n wifi, Bluetooth 4.0 (with an external antenna), a gigabit ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0, and 4 USB 3.0.
We saw similar products from Gigabyte a couple of months ago (Brix), but the ZBOX nanos offer significantly better connectivity options. Like the Brix though, Zotac's mini-PCs are bare bones products and only include RAM and internal storage if you upgrade to a “plus” model (which come with 4 GB DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB 5400 RPM HDD). Buyers will also have to provide their own OS (the systems are Windows 7 & 8 ready).
Prices for the new mini-PCs have not yet been announced.