It is probably no secret that I have a soft spot for the ZOTAC ZBox series. I currently don’t have a Home Theater PC, but it is something I would like to purchase at some time with ZOTAC ZBox as the only product on my list after DIY build. Setting aside my personal opinions, let’s look at something awesome. This is the ZOTAC ZBOX Nano XS AD11 mini-PC.

This is an AMD E-450 APU powered mini-PC with a feature list that if written on paper may be longer than the device itself. The AMD E-450 is a 1.65 GHz dual-core APU with on-die AMD Radeon HD 6320 GPU. Combined with one of ZOTAC’s custom Mini-ITX motherboards, you get a list of features any PC would be proud of including Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi, full HDMI 1080p support, intergrated IR, DirectX 11 support, and two USB 3.0 ports. Why is this slightly more impressive than the last time ZOTAC had a product with these specs? Well let me show you instead of tell you.

The ZOTAC Nano XS AD11 Plus is actually smaller than the media center remote that comes with it. It is smaller than the VESA mounting brace for the back of your monitor. While the small size did not stop the Plus model from getting the standard 2 GB DDR3 treatment, it could not have the standard 320 GB 2.5″ HDD. Instead you get a mSATA 64 GB SSD which will only give you better responsiveness, lower power consumption, and faster boot times.

While the lost of total storage hurts a little, you still have like half dozen other ways to get your media to this little wonder. This could also be a nice partner to your primary system for those times you are just going to watch Netflix and it can easily be hidden behind the monitor.

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ZOTAC Redefines mini-PC Form Factor with Extra Small ZBOX nano XS

New ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 is the worlds smallest PC capable of delivering a complete rich HD desktop computing experience

Apr. 11, 2012 ZOTAC International, a global innovator of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today redefines the mini-PC form factor with the extra small ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus mini-PC. The ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus is the worlds smallest PC capable of delivering a rich high-definition desktop computing experience.

An AMD E-450 APU with Radeon HD 6320 graphics processing sits at the heart of the ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus to render beautiful Microsoft DirectX 11 graphics and playback stunning online and offline high-definition content. The completely new ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS chassis shrinks the ZBOX nano chassis by nearly 17-percent into a 106-milimeter box that is only 37-milimeters tall that can easily slip into a jacket pocket.

Size matters when it comes to desktop systems. We are always trying to push full-featured systems into the smallest size possible, says Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. Our new ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus shows that you can pack a complete high-definition capable desktop PC into a miniature form factor that conveniently fits in the smallest places.

Solid-state storage makes a ZBOX debut in the ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus with a 64GB mSATA SSD as the internal storage source for lightning-fast boot times and system responsiveness. External storage expansion is available via eSATA, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 ports and a Memory Stick and SDXC compatible memory card reader on the ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus.

New high-amperage USB 2.0 ports enable the ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus to easily charge the latest high-end smartphones and tablets while simultaneously transferring data. Integrated Gigabit Ethernet allows high-speed wired network transfers while a USB 802.11n WiFi adapter is bundled for users that desires wireless network connectivity.

Its time to play with the ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11.

ZOTAC nano XS AD11 Plus

  • AMD E-450 APU (1.65 GHz, dual-core)
  • AMD Radeon HD 6320 GPU
  • HDMI output
  • 2GB DDR3
  • 64GB mSATA SSD
  • 2 x SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports (back panel)
  • 2 x High-Speed USB 2.0 ports (back panel)
  • Combo eSATA / USB 2.0 port
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • USB 2.0 802.11n WiFi adapter included
  • 6-in-1 memory card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MS/MS Pro)
  • Combo analogue / mini-Optical S/PDIF output
  • Microphone input
  • Integrated IR receiver
  • Bundled MCE-compatible remote w/ USB IR receiver
  • Bundled VESA75/100 mount
  • AMD Steady Video technology
  • AMD Perfect Picture HD technology
  • AMD VISION Engine
  • Microsoft DirectX 11 technology

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