Zotac will take advantage of CES, that opens tomorrow, to unveil its third-generation of the Zbox Mini PC series. It takes the current design of the brand, by providing some slight improvements, but mostly offers more complete connectivity.
Zotac offers numerous references in its range of Mini PCs, probably too much for some. But the brand has, in reality, only a few chassis that welcome each time different components. For CES 2013, the third generation of ZBox is unveiled.
It basically follows the look of the current range, but it is a little thicker since it gained 7 mm from this point of view. The manufacturer explains this choice by the desire “to welcome and tame the performance of new components.” Indeed, we find in these ID-42 and ID42 Plus a couple CPU/GPU that consists of a Core i3 3120M and a GeForce GT 610 (512MB DDR3).
Nothing to really make a difference compared to what you could have before. Zotac does nothing else than to upgrade to the latest generation of components. However, the ventilation area was tripled. We are waiting to see what happens in practice.
In fact, it is mainly the connectivity that makes the product stands out: two Gigabit network ports are present, as well as two Wi-Fi (802.11n) external antennas. They accompany what is usually found in the brand: a pair of HDMI/DVI, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, audio jack connector for headphones/microphone and a S/PDIF optical. A 4-in-1 card reader is also part of, as well as Bluetooth 4.0.
Besides the barebone, delivered without memory or hard disk, the “Plus” version will be accompanied by 4GB of DDR3 and a 500GB hard drive at 5400 rpm, without additional information on the installed models. In all cases, a remote control and a VESA mount 75/100 are delivered.
The price of the set is not specified, nor the availability date.
Note that an updated version of the second generation is also part of the game with the Zbox ID83 and ID83 Plus. This time, no GeForce because of the use of the Core i3 3120M. Here, we will find the design of the ID82 generation but with a newer processor. Again, the price and availability are still unknown.