Zotac, the miniPCs specialist, returns to the nettop segment, nearly seven months after the previous announcement, unveiling the Zbox AD06.
The Zbox AD06 is the AD05 successor presented at CeBIT last March, which is a small upgrade but a welcome one. The main novelty is the going of an AMD E-450 APU older generation, code-named Brazos, to an AMD E2-1800 of latest generation, code-named Brazos 2.0.
According to the manufacturer, the performance gain would be only 10%. I must say that both CPU cores go from 1.65 to 1.70 GHz, and the 80 units of GPU computing go from 508 to 523 MHz (Standard) and 600 to 680 MHz (Boost).
There are two SO-DIMM slots for DDR3 memory, a 2.5″ Serial ATA slot for hard disk or SSD , two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports with high amperage, an SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet port, Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 4.0, DVI, HDMI and digital and analog audio outputs. A Windows Media Center IR remote control and USB receiver are also provided.
The Zotac Zbox AD06 nettop will soon be marketed in Europe for a retail price of €250. A Plus version comes with 2 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive will also be sold for €330.