New Zotac mini-PCs offer Iris Pro, mobile Richland


— 11:22 AM on March 10, 2014

The CeBIT trade show is happening this week in Germany, and the guys at Zotac have introduced some new Zbox mini-PCs for the occasion. There's the E series, which delivers Haswell goodness and Iris Pro integrated graphics inside a slick black enclosure, and the AQ02 series, which is smaller and serves up a mobile AMD Richland APU with Radeon integrated graphics.

There are actually four flavors of the Zbox E series. Zotac gives you a choice of Core i7-4770R or Core i5-4570R processors, and you can get each chip either in a barebones config or in a "Plus" machine with 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 1TB of not-so-blazing-fast 5,400-RPM mechanical storage. (If you ask me, I'd get a non-Plus model and stick in an SSD with some of my own RAM.)

Notable features include dual DisplayPort outputs, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and both 6Gbps SATA and 6Gbps mSATA ports. (See, you can totally put at least one perfectly good SSD in there.) Also, following Zbox tradition, that orange ring at the top lights up when the machine is on. Ooh.

The Zbox nano AQ02 is only available with the one chip, an AMD A8-5545M with Radeon HD 8510G integrated graphics. Still, Zotac offers both a barebones model and a Plus variant with 4GB of RAM and 500GB of 5,400-RPM storage.

Beside the diminutive dimensions, notable features include an HDMI output, which will be handy for home-theater configs, and an external Serial ATA port. eSATA may seem a little superfluous on a machine with four USB 3.0 ports, but I'm sure some folks with older external storage devices will be happy. Oh, and the HDMI port isn't the only display output—the AQ02 also has DisplayPort, in case you wanna hook it up to a PC monitor.

Zotac's website has more details on these two machines.

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