Zotac's Braswell-powered Zboxes get USB Type-C ports

— 9:27 AM on October 27, 2015

Zotac is no stranger to miniscule PCs. The company already has a large selection of diminutive computers available, and it's added a couple more to its lineup. Meet the Braswell-powered Zbox BI323 and CI323 nano.

Both models are available in barebones, "Plus," and "Windows 10 Home" configurations. The Plus versions come with 4GB of RAM and a 120GB SSD, while the Windows 10 Home model includes 2GB of memory, a 32GB SSD, and, you guessed it, a Windows 10 Home license.

Zbox BI323

Both Zboxes share the same basic set of internals. They're powered by Intel N3150 SoCs, which pack quad-core CPUs clocked at 1.6Ghz base and 2.08Ghz turbo speeds. Users can install up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM in two slots. Internal storage comes by way of a 2.5" SATA 6Gbps HDD or SSD. An 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter and Gigabit Ethernet ports let the Zboxes network, and Bluetooth 4.0 comes standard, too.

Despite their small size, these Zboxes still have plenty of ports: a Type-C USB 3.0 port, two regular USB 3.0 connectors, and one or two extra USB 2.0 ports depending on the model. Multiple-monitor-enabled users won't be left wanting, as the Zboxes come with a DisplayPort 1.1a connector, an HDMI 1.4b port, and a good ol' VGA connector. An SD card reader is also included for good measure.

The Zbox CI323 nano. Look ma, no fans!

By now you're probably wondering what the major difference is between these tiny boxes. The answer is the number of fans: one on the BI323, and zero on the CI323 nano.

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