Peeking inside the box
Yep, you can hang this sucker anywhere you can drive a few screws.
Zotac includes a back plate that has 75- and 100-mm VESA bolt patterns. A pair of metal tabs hook into the Zbox to secure it in place, leaving the holes free for mounting to the back of a monitor, a wall, or even on the underside of a shelf or desk. As an added bonus, the presence of four pairs of anchor points in the Nano's underbelly allow the system to be oriented with the expansion ports facing up, down, to the left, or to the right. It really is the little things that impress. If you're curious about clearances, the plate measures 5.1" (130 mm) square.
While a simple metal bracket isn't the most impressive of accessories, the Nano's included MCE remote might turn a few heads. Zotac is keenly aware of the fact that nettops make excellent home-theater PCs, and both the Plus and barebones versions of the AD10 come with the remote as standard equipment.
Apparently, Zotac isn't familiar with what people actually do with remotes—that is, handle them while sitting on the couch, usually with a bowl of greasy snacks within arm's reach. The polished black plastic that's forgivable elsewhere on the Nano is a cardinal sin here. I don't even want to know how streaked and smudged the mirror finish is going to look after a Top Gear marathon with a bowl of buttery popcorn. Ewww.
The shine also permeates the optional IR dongle, where it thankfully isn't a problem. The dongle is really a must if you're going to be mounting the Nano behind a monitor or on a wall, obscuring the remote's line of sight to the front-panel receiver.
The only other accessory of note is the nondescript power brick that comes in the box. This 65W unit is all the Nano requires to keep running.
Actually, it only needs about a third of the power available in the PSU. The Nano sips just 12.7W from the wall socket when idling on the Windows 7 desktop. Play a 1080p video clip in Windows Media Player or via YouTube, and you're looking at power consumption in the 20-21W range. Even when running a Prime95 CPU torture test alongside the Unigine Direct 11 graphics demo, the Nano registered only 27W on our watt meter.
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