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Zbox Pico Review PI320

Zbox Pico Review PI320

A few years ago Zotac launched their Zbox range of systems, designed to pack as much performance into a compact chassis as possible. Overall they have been fairly successful in their goals and recently branched out into some more stylish casing with the Orb models. Now Zotac are going ultra small, in fact pocketable, with their compact systems and today in our Zbox Pico Review PI320 we test one.

Zbox Pico Review PI320 – Packaging and Bundle

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The new Zbox Pico arrives in a compact box, not much bigger than the packaging for many portable drives. We get a nice clear image of the product on the front along with information on key features. Inside we find a small bundle of documentation, a Windows DVD, mains adapter with multiple plug heads and as shown below, a bracket which allows us to mount the system in places such as the back of a monitor.

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Zbox Pico Review PI320 – The System

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http://www.giezentweewielers.nl/?creative-writing-scholarship-essays Creative Writing Scholarship Essays The Pico is shown above and as well as being very compact, more on the size shortly, it has a nice sleek design. The top has a glossy plastic (with glowing Zotac LEDs when on) and the base uses the same finish. Running round the centre is a metal band and our front surface features a microSD card slot.

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Turning the system round we find the power button on one end and on the back are four items. A 10/100 LAN port, 2x USB 2.0 and our headphone output.

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On the final side we find another USB 2.0 port, HDMI out and power in. In terms of size, the Pico is 115.5x66x19.2mm and to give some scale, we have shown it beside a 2.5″ SSD above (SSD is 9mm thick).

Zbox Pico Review PI320 – Specifications

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Inside the Zbox Pico (PI320) we find an Intel ATOM Z3735F cpu which is a quad core model running at 1.33GHz with turbo up to 1.83GHz as workload permits. Zotac provide 2GB of DDR3-L running at 1333MHz and also install a 32GB eMMC SSD. The final component of note is a 2.4GHz band wireless-n card and the system also supports Bluetooth 4.0.

Zbox Pico Review PI320 – Performance

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Zbox Pico Review PI320 – Conclusion

Back at CES a few years ago we first saw NVIDIA demo a compact system which was palm sized and capable of running a full desktop OS. That reference design was very cool and really showed what was possible with the latest generation of components. Since then we have seen systems getting closer and closer to this design, including the Zotac Zbox Nano but this new Pico system is the first we have seen to really achieve a quality, consumer ready, palm sized, retail product. That starts with a high quality chassis which is stylish and durable. That said there are a couple of little quirks, for example we would have left more space around the USB ports to accommodate larger USB drives, or maybe added a few rubber sections on the base for stability on a flat surface… oh, and a kensington lock slot would be handy. Otherwise the design is good, a nice easy to press power button, easy access to the microSD card slot and a touch of extra style from the glowing logo on top.

In terms of performance, we could always ask for more on a system like this. Just one USB 3.0 port would really be helpful. A GB LAN port too… or 5GHz capable Wi-FI but otherwise the performance is decent. The SSD is somewhat limited in write speed but for a productivity system such as this which is designed to be as small as possible there has to be some trade off. The only time we noticed any serious lag during normal desktop use was loading web pages which were content heavy, one loaded though the system returned to being responsive and for office use, or streaming 1080p video we noted no issues. Add to that the fact the system is silent, there is no cooling fan, and that it runs on less than 20w at all times, for example 12w when streaming 1080p and things get pretty impressive.

So that brings us to value where the Zbox Pico PI320 retails for £150 (or less than $200) including its Windows 8.1 OS (32bit, n edition). That is pretty great in our opinion for anyone who needs a productivity machine with a compact size.

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2 Comments

  1. nerdybyrds

    What type of DC power input jack is on it? Type M? I need to know so that I can pair it with a battery. Thanks!

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