Zotac Zbox nano AD10 review

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Zotac’s Zbox nano AD10 is the smallest PC we’ve yet seen to include one of AMD’s low-power Fusion chips. It’s only 127mm from front to back and, with its four rubber feet included, it rises only 50mm off the desk. That’s slightly taller than Apple’s Mac mini, but much narrower, so it can squeeze into the tightest of spots.

It bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s little marvel thanks to its design. Most of the body is machined aluminium and, while it doesn’t offer the same high build quality, the metal construction ensures it’s sturdier than many small-form-factor PCs we’ve seen. Unlike the Mac, the Zotac’s top is plastic, and illuminated by a green ring that glows when the Zbox is turned on.

Zotac Zbox nano AD10

The underside is plastic, too, and unscrewing those four rubber feet enables access to the Zotac’s upgradable components. The motherboard sits half way up the machine and can’t be removed, but the 2.5in hard disk bay, single SODIMM slot and tiny wireless card can all be accessed and replaced.

On the outside, the rear offers a surprising number of ports for a machine this small: two sockets each of USB 3 and USB 2, a Gigabit Ethernet port, space for a Wi-Fi aerial and both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, with an eSATA port crammed in vertically. The front offers an infra-red receiver, a media card reader and a pair of audio jacks, although it’s a shame there’s no room for any more USB ports.

The Zotac’s tiny dimensions are impressive, but they don’t leave much room for the internals. Processing power – if you can call if that – is provided by one of AMD’s mobile APUs, the E-350, which runs at a 1.6GHz and includes an integrated Radeon HD 6310 graphics chip. You also get 2GB of 1,066MHz DDR3 RAM.

The modest power levels were reflected in our tests, with a score of 0.2 one of the lowest we’ve seen since the introduction of our 2011 Real World Benchmark suite. On the 3D side, driver issues meant we couldn’t run our Low-quality Crysis test at all; instead, the far less demanding TrackMania Nations Forever scored 41fps at 1,024 x 768 and low settings.

Zotac Zbox nano AD10

Media fans will be pleased by the Zotac’s handling of 1080p video, though, with a variety of high bit-rate test clips playing flawlessly, and the system is virtually silent when doing so – you’ll need to be up close to the machine to hear its hard disk platters spinning, so it won’t disrupt movies.

The processing core peaked at a fine 73°C during our stress tests, and the Zotac drew just 31W from the mains at peak, dropping to 16W with the machine at idle.

You might expect to pay a premium for such a small PC, but this Zbox costs only £255 inc VAT. For that, you’re getting a PC that’s significantly more powerful than Intel’s Atom chips when it comes to media handling, and inside a very neat little chassis.

It’s worth bearing in mind that an OS isn’t included in the price, so you’ll have to use Linux or add extra for a Windows licence. Either way, there’s plenty to like about the little Zotac: enough power for media handling and basic computing tasks in one of the smallest, neatest cases we’ve seen.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity320GB
RAM capacity2.00GB


CPU familyAMD
CPU nominal frequency1.60GHz


Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total0
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total0
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total0
Internal SATA connectors1
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total1

Graphics card

Graphics cardAMD Radeon HD 6310
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
Graphics chipsetAMD Radeon HD 6310
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSamsung Spinpoint
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed5,400RPM


ChassisZotac proprietary
Case formatSmall form-factor
Dimensions127 x 127 x 50mm (WDH)

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)2
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
3.5mm audio jacks3

Front ports

Front panel memory card readeryes

Operating system and software

OS familyNone

Noise and power

Idle power consumption16W
Peak power consumption31W

Performance tests

Overall Real World Benchmark score0.20
Responsiveness score0.25
Media score0.23
Multitasking score0.13

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