Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11 Review

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Posted 12 Sep, 2010 10:19 pm

Zotac’s latest generation of nettops are marked as the ZBOX series, taking over from the last generation of MAG branded nettops. There’s a whole range of different models in the ZBOX series from Intel Atom / ION models to AMD / ATI models, and depending on the processor, the signature halo LED you get on the chassis glows a different color. Here with Intel Atom processors, we’ve got a blue LED.

This latest generation of Pinetrail nettops provide lower power consumption and heat output as well as small performance increases in certain areas thanks to the next generation Nvidia ION graphics on board. Like netbooks, there’s really not much separating nettops from each other on the market. The main features to consider are the design, noise and heat and perhaps the ease of upgrades.

Specs

The model I have is a barebones model, so no RAM, storage or OS.

  • Intel Atom D510 (1.66GHz, dual core) processor
  • Nvidia ION 2 graphics (Nvidia GT218)
  • HDMI (7.1 channel), DVI, 6-in-1 card reader, eSATA, 6x USB 2.0, RJ45 LAN
  • Optical S/PDIF, headphone and mic jacks
  • 1x DDR3 RAM slot, 1x 2.5″ SATA bay
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit LAN
  • 188 x 188 x 38mm

I have configured my Zotac ZBOX HD-ID11 with the following. Clearly there’s lots of room for improvement with faster components. These parts are actually from my old Acer Aspire Revo nettop.

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
  • 160GB 2.5″ 5400RPM SATA storage
  • 2GB DDR2 RAM

Box Contents

Stuff in the box other than the nettop itself and the AC adapter and cable:

  • VESA mount – for attaching the nettop to the back of a monitor or TV
  • VGA – HDMI adapter
  • Stand
  • Screws for VESA mount and stand
  • Booklets

Here’s the unboxing video:

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Upgrading

Accessing the insides is very easy and you don’t need even a screwdriver. Just remove the stand, and push one of the sides and it will slide off. On the inside you have direct access to 1x DDR3 RAM slot and a 2.5″ SATA storage bay which is held down by a screw thumb.

If you’re prepared to break some warranty void stickers then you can access the other side of the mainboard which houses two mini PCI-e slots, one filled in with a 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi card, the other, is just empty and ready to be used.

Take a look at our how to upgrade video:

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  • Slimpickens

    What firmware did you have to upgrade to get it silent, and what WI-FI upgrade would you recommend

  • http://twitter.com/JohnCritic John Critic

    Thanks for the review, was going to get something like this but decided on a HD based media player instead.