Zotac ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID34

8.7 Overall Score
Build: 10/10
Price: 8/10
Performance: 7/10

Build quality was great | Playback was flawless | System works well

Lesser performance | Only 2 USB ports for loading Windows

Lets start this off with a break down of the actual product. Unboxing will commence!

Left to Right: Instructional Booklet, Drivers/Software, Power block, DVI to VGA, VESA Mount + Screws, and the ZBOX

I have to admit, the build quality is very nice, more so than the previous ZBOX we reviewed. This device is made of real metal, so the brushed aluminum is actual brushed aluminum and not as we’ve often found with most small consumer electronics, fancy matte plastic painted to just resemble proper brushed aluminum. It is also a lot thinner than I thought it would be, oriented horizontally, the device is only a good 1.5inch’s tall.

Left to Right: USB 3.0, Ethernet 10/100/1000, ESATA w/ USB Power, DVI Port, HDMI Port, Optical Port, and Power port all the way to the right

Bottom is easy access. 6 screws hold onto the bottom plate which to my eye also appears to be made of metal, possibly steel.

With those screws gone, let’s get at that backplate.

CPU/GPU under the fan there, memory, and hard drive also exposed, you can also see the WLAN card there.

This machine is equipped with Samsung sourced parts for the hard drive as well as the memory.

Close up of the hard drive. Looks like they are using the HM250HI’s in these.

Memory. 2GB stick PC2 6400 (800MHz)

I just had to power it on to see how it looked. I like the Blue Ring, very nice touch. The AMD was Green, and this is Blue. Think there are any reason for it?

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