PC suffered much criticism for not like a
consumer electronics device. They start too late. They are too complicated and
require updates, patches regularly. But the little secret is, deeply inside,
all consumer electronics devices are aspiring to become more like PCs. Mobile
phones, DVD players and Blu-ray, tablets, etc. The modern game machines are
small PCs but do not have full Windows operating system.
Therefore, when using TV to transmit video,
wireless networking, web access, and many other PC-like tasks, we always
preferred PC. We looked at many small PC from ZOTAC and found them to be
attractive in general, extremely versatile and incredibly powerful. ZBOX ID80
PLUS is no different and used mostly as a HTPC or second PC that allows you to
bring web and media into any room in the house.
7.4-inch square ZBOX ID80 PLUS is small
enough to discreetly wherever you put it. This model also comes with a VESA
mounting bracket, so you can hide it easily behind the TV or monitor, and a vertical
stand. Front edge has mic ports and headphone, multi-card reader, USB 2.0 port,
power button, HDD and wireless lights. There is a different USB 2.0 port at the
head unit, as well as adding 2 ports on the behind I/O board. Two USB 3.0
ports, as well as HDMI port, optical audio, DVI and Wi-Fi antenna give you many
options to interact and use ZBOX ID80 PLUS.
Under the lid, ZOTAC equips Intel Atom
D2700, which is a dual core processor running at 2.13GHz clock and also
supports Hyper-Threading. Graphics power is granted by the Nvidia GeForce GT
520M. There is 2GB memory of DDR3-1066 SO-DIMM in it, but you can upgrade it to
4GB. 320GB 5400RPM 3Gbps hardware has a lot of space for dozens of hours of HD
content, as well as for your favorite songs. The ability to access the network
comes from the Gigabit Ethernet selection or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.
One of the biggest differences between this
system and ZOTAC AD10 PLUS is the inclusion of Nvidia graphics (AD10 PLUS has
Radeon HD 6310 graphics card of AMD). In the gaming tests, we succeeded in
running Aliens vs Predator with relative frame speed.
If you want a HTPC-in-a-box, ZBOX ID80 PLUS
is a stable selection. It runs around the smart TVs and Blu-ray and have all
the benefits of a PC, including web access, especially the ability to
customize, archive and memory can be upgraded. Let’s make the other devices to
shame by inviting ZBOX into your living room.
ZBOX ID80 PLUS
Specifications: processor: Intel Atom dual-core 2.13GHz D2700; GPU: NVIDIA
GeForce GT 520M; RAM: 2GB DDR3-1066; storage: 5,400 rpm 320GB hard drive;
network: 802.11b/g/n; size: 1.7 x 7.4 x 7.4 x inches (HxWxD)