Zotac ZBOX-ID41-B ZBOX ID41 Mini PC Dual Core ION DDR3
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Enjoy eco-friendly computing with superior energy-efficiency and performance with the ZOTAC ZBOX ID41 mini-PC powered by the class-leading Next-Generation NVIDIA ION and Intel Atom architectures. Next-Generation NVIDIA ION graphics deliver unrivaled levels of performance and high definition video decode capabilities to the ZOTAC ZBOX ID41 mini-PC with NVIDIA CUDA, PureVideo HD and HDMI 1.3a technologies for eco-friendly computing with premium audio and video capabilities. High performance eco-friendly comp
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Very neat little box; doesn't come with any RAM, HDD or keyboard/mouse. Seems to be very quiet and has all the necessary connections at the back (SPDIF, HDMI, LAN, USB, etc,). I haven't tried the WiFi, as I'm using it wired but so far, I can't fault it. If I was going to complain about anything, it'd be the very perfunctory manual...it doesn't even seem to tell you how to enter the BIOS and certainly doesn't detail what any of the BIOS settings are.
It comes with a VESA bracket if you want to mount this to the back of your TV and a plastic stand so it can be installed upright. I plan to put it flat, on the top of my Sky+ box (and it has 4 rubber feet for just this purpose). Bonus is that it comes with a 2yr warranty.
I have them set up with a hard-wired LAN and using the HDMI output to send video and audio to the TV. They are primarily controlled using MCE type remote control. I have 2Gb of RAM installed and a 32Gb SSD. The HDD's are not huge, but they easily contain the OS and MediaPortal software and all the media files I use are on a networked HTPC server with 6Tb of space.
As I noted earlier these are used as HTPC clients and the output to the TV's is at 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). I use MediaPortal as the HTPC software. They cope very well with streaming of videos, music etc. There is no problem in playing back various video file types - .mkv, .mp4, .ts, .mpg, .m4v and it copes very well with full HD playback whether this is live TV or a recorded file. The GUI of MediaPortal is very fast and give a good user experience - though this is probably due to the SSD hard drive.
Setting up was easy as I just installed the HDD and plugged in a USB CD-ROM and it booted automatically from the CD-ROM and installed Win7 straight away. I didn't use the Driver disk that came with the unit, and downloaded more recent drivers from the Zotac website; although I got the more recent nVidia drivers from their website as the Zotac ones were slightly older. I had no problem installing anything, it went very easily - so easily I thought I was doing something wrong!
There is not much more to say, except that the two units are very quiet and the only time I have heard the cooling fan come on is when it resume from S3 sleep. You really wouldn't know they were there.
A great little unit to use as a networked HTPC client.
I've equipped mine with a Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) memory module kit and a Western Digital Black 320GB SATA HD and installed Windows 7, Ubuntu 13.04 and OpenELEC.
Very happy with my purchase I'd recommend it for those who want to watch movies, surf the net, check emails and do casual gaming, but not for who want to play demanding games.