We’ve compared the ZBOX nano XS to their own previous offering, the nano AD10 Plus, which was powered by an AMD E-350 APU. After a quick install of Windows 7 Ultimate and the drivers, we were all set to test this puppy out. Even during the course of benchmarking, the nano XS ran warm but never got too hot. This is good as it shows that if it’s placed inside your media center cabinet, it won’t overheat and risk damaging the components inside.
Not a bad performer
The PC is quick and responsive thanks to the SSD and programs load quickly. The bundled Wi-Fi adapter comes in handy when you wish to stream movies to your TV in the living room as you don’t have to deal with Ethernet cables, snaking around the edge of your walls. This machine is so ridiculously small, you’ll sometimes forget where it is. You can place it anywhere you want and it won’t be an eyesore. As expected, the E-450 perfoms better than its predecessor and along with the SSD, it’s quite a bit faster in all the tests. This isn’t really meant for gaming although you can play some of the older 3D games.
The bundled remote
The nano XS is primarily designed as an HTPC and that’s what it does best. Install XBMC and plug in the IR receiver and you’re all set. If you’re going to use it as an HTPC then we suggest you make XBMC load on startup and you’ll never have to reach for a keyboard and mouse. Since the nano XS also sports SPDIF-out, you can use it with your surround sound system as well. Needless to say, the onboard GPU handles 1080p videos like a dream. In fact you could run multiple streams of 1080p video and the CPU will be able to function normally. You can’t really beat AMD when it comes to integrated graphics.
The ZOTAC ZBOX nano XS AD11 Plus retails for Rs.25,400, which we feel is a very good price considering the whole package and just how tiny it is. You could build a mini-ITX based HTPC yourself but that will turn out to be more expensive and you’ll never be able to build one this small, so considering that, we’d say ZOTAC has priced it well. If you’re looking for the smallest PC you can find that will do all your basic computing tasks and more, then the ZOTAC ZBOX nano XP AD11 Plus is about as good as it gets.
Performance and Verdict
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