We have all witnessed the small collection of new laptops powered with AMD Fusion E-350. If you are like me, you also think that vendors putting a chip designed for netbooks, small PCs, and other small devices in full sized laptops was not the best move. It placed the AMD E-350 right between the Intel Atom/Ion and a veritable army of systems 2 or 3 tiers above it in power. I never thought that was a fair fight, so lets take a look at Zotac’s idea for the new AMD Fusion E-350.
The Zbox is a SFF (Small Form Factor) PC directly targeting the HTPC market. The original focus of the Zbox was an SFF designed to attach to the back of any monitor using a cradle designed for it and the monitor’s VESA Wall Mounting points. This would allow you to turn virtually any monitor you want into an All-in-One PC. Later on, Zotac released a new Zbox (pictured above) built as a HTPC with all the options built right in. The latter has been recently updated with the new AMD platform provided by the Gigabyte’s E350N-USB3.
If you would like to simply build your own HTPC, the Gigabyte E350N-USB3 motherboard is available for $149.99. If you build a setup with identical specs, it will cost in the same range as the Zbox and will not have a case nearly as sleek or stylish as this one. The Zbox’s price firmly places it in the same category as HTPCs, the PS3, and some very high end Blu-ray players, which is a good market spot for it.
Zotac has put its little fighter in an arena where the Zbox has a very nice collection of weapons with which to fight. For a full run down of the HotHardware hands on review of the final product, click on the source link below.
Currently there is no listing for an AMD Fusion Zbox All-in-One, but I believe a revision for it is in the works.