ZOTAC ZBOX ID89 Plus Mini-PC Review
When NVIDIA began showing prototype PCs which offered desktop functionality in a palm sized form factor a few years ago it signalled a move in the market with manufacturers making systems that became more and more compact. ASRock, Acer and Sapphire have been key to this trend but there was one company more than any other who has consistently released new models with vaired features which would appeal to a wide range of consumers; ZOTAC.
Of course those early ultra-compact PCs tended to use low powered CPUs but as designs of the systems and components have evolved systems have become much more powerful and the focus of todays review takes mini-pcs to another level.
The ZOTAC ZBOX ID89 Plus contains the usual selection of 2.5" hard drive, wireless-n wi-fi and the like but manages to include support for dual channel memory and arrives kitted out with a core-i5 CPU. All in a chassis not much bigger than most external drive enclosures.
Packaging and Bundle
ZOTAC go for a familiar box design with this ZBOX, adding some extra images over previous models. Then as well as giving us a nice clear image of the product we also get some specification information. Inside the PC is surrounded by cardboard with the various bundled extras in a box to the side. For added protection our system is wrapped in foam and coated in peel off protective plastic.
Bundled with the system we get a remote control, desktop stand, DVI to VGA dongle, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth antenna, batteries (for the remote), mains cable, product software/documentation and PSU. The PSU is a 90w model manufactured by Delta Electronics and as a final item we get a mount to install the system on the back of a screen.