ZOTAC International is one of the few PC component companies that is not afraid to produce what some would consider niche items. Products built with a very specific customer in mind. One of the items I personally love from ZOTAC is their ZBOX mini-PCs, built to be an HTPC for those who rather not built one themselves.
The new ZBOX ID80, ID81, and AD04 will now include external wireless antenna for improved wireless reception, integrated Bluetooth 3.0, and will be bundled with a Media Remote and USB IR receiver. These will be well received updates to say the least. The Trio also get CPU upgrades with the ID80 going for a Intel Atom D2700, ID81 with the Intel Celeron 857 Sandy Bridge, and the AD04 upgrading to the AMD E-450 APU which are all power efficient dual-core CPUs. The AMD APU and Intel Celeron based on Sandy Bridge achitecture both depend on their integrated graphic solutions while the ZBOX ID80 with have a Nvidia GeForce GT 520M.
As with all ZOTAC ZBOX mini-PCs, each of these great HTPC builds will come with the base unit which does not have RAM or a hard drive. These are left to you to tailor your ZBOX to your specific needs. They will also be available in “Plus” models which will come with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM (1333 MHz for the ID81 and AD04, 1066 MHz for the ID80) and a 320 GB 5400 RPM HDD.
I still love these ZBOXs and would like to get my hands on the new ones to see how performance varies; however, I am sure you would be happy with any of the three for your HTPC needs. More details, specs, and pictures below.