Zotac ZBOX AMD E-350 APU

8.6 Overall Score
Build: 9/10
Price: 10/10
Performance: 7/10

Quiet | Quick | Small Form Factor | SATA 6.0 | USB 3.0 | Low Power | Great video playback

CPU Performance | No CDROM | No Addon slots

Lets break this thing open, see whats inside and most importantly, see what makes this thing tick.

Standard box. This model came with 250GB hard drive, and 2GB of memory.

 

Specifications on Page 1 are also stated on the box.

 

They give you a few ideas on what you can do with the Zbox. One of the cool things about it is it is very versitile. You can do a lot of different things with it. From an HTPC, to an actual computer system you name it and you can do it with it.

 

On this side there are a few demonstrations of how you can mount the device.

 

Next up is general unboxing. Packing was nothing special. Zotac Zbox came in the cradle that you can use to hang it on the wall, or on the back of your monitor. It also came with a power cable, a vertical stand, DVI to VGA adapter and manual/drivers.

 

Left to right. eSATA, USB3.0, 10/100/1000 Ethernet adapter, USB 2.0, DVI, HDMI, Optical out and power.

 

Left to right, Headphones, Microphone, Memory card reader, USB 2.0, Wifi indicator, hard drive indicator and power button/indicator.

 

Pop the top off this thing, and we have all of the internals. Looks like Zotac is using Samsung drives. It is very simple inside these things.

 

It also uses Samsung memory, PC3-10600. Nice!

 

The hard drive doc is pretty cool. No side screws are required. The latch comes down and holds the drive in place with a single thumb screw on top of the latch. This is a SATA 6.0Gbps port and not a 3.0Gbps port. This is very interesting as there are more and more drives coming out that can utilize the speed from a 6.0Gbps port, for example the new OCZ Agility 3 drives are very cheap, and may allow this thing to be a bit quicker.

 

In this review, I wanted to create an All-In-One type of machine. I wanted a machine that could be completely out of the way and not take up any real-estate on the desk/table that I have it sitting on. This was one of the ways to do this.

Next page we will be looking at what sort of tests we will be performing on this machine. Remember, I am not touching the config of this at all. We will be testing with all of the hardware that originally came with it. The only thing I will be doing is putting Windows 7 Professional 32-bit on here and loading the drivers.

 

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