Zotac intros tiny, Ion-powered nettop barebone

Is it just us, or is Nvidia’s Ion growing in popularity? Just four days ago, we told you about Asus’ latest EeeBox nettop, which pairs a dual-core Atom processor with Ion integrated graphics. Now, Zotac has announced another nettop that’s based on a fairly similar formula.

The new Zotac MAG (the letters stand for "Mini All-in-one Giant," apparently) delivers a choice of single- or dual-core Atom processors alongside 2GB of DDR2 RAM, 160GB of 5,400-RPM mechanical storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, external Serial ATA, an optical S/PDIF out, and of course, an Nvidia Ion chipset with HDMI output.

Zotac has made this little machine quite compact—the dimensions are just 7.3" x 7.4" x 1.5"—and it has included both a stand and VESA mount in the box, so you can bolt the MAG onto the back of a monitor, if you want.

Unlike the new Asus EeeBox, however, the MAG doesn’t include an optical drive. (Of course, nothing stops you from hooking up an external one.) You’ll also have to bring your own operating system, because the MAG doesn’t ship with one. See the gallery below for photos.

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    • internetsandman
    • 10 years ago

    i don’t think news containing an atom processor deserves to make the front page of TR. from what I’ve seen, the majority of the people here aren’t interested in the atom at all. and I agree with them.

      • danazar
      • 10 years ago

      Most disinterest comes from the lack of Ion. This HAS Ion. So I would think it’s very worth mentioning on TR.

      • Xenolith
      • 10 years ago

      Majority of the vocal/enthusiast people, maybe. TR is just planning for the future. Money is tightening on the enthusiast market.

      This would make a nice living room machine. Basic home theater and casual gaming is all it needs to do.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        Sadly this might have problems with that most basic type of casual gaming – Flash.

    • Thresher
    • 10 years ago

    Odd that they would have a VGA out and an HDMI out rather than having DVI and HDMI outputs, but this definitely looks like a cool product. Wonder how much it will cost.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    I see Atom and I immediately lose interest.

      • stmok
      • 10 years ago

      You’re not the only one…

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    Whats it weigh?

    • jinjuku
    • 10 years ago

    Uh, how much $$?

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 10 years ago

    Does it support audio over the HDMI?

      • Deanjo
      • 10 years ago

      All Ion systems do.

      • iatacs19
      • 10 years ago

      YES it does!

    • dermutti
    • 10 years ago

    Is this a “barebone” just because it has no OS? When I saw the headline, I was hoping it would have no memory or HDD so I could provide my own.

    Also: Does MSFT support installing Windows from a thumb drive? Or would you have to have an external optical drive to get that on this box?

      • 5150
      • 10 years ago

      I’ve installed Vista and 7 numerous times from a flash drive, it’s fast, painless, and did I mention it was fast? XP is a no go, unless you really want a fight it.

    • cygnus1
    • 10 years ago

    So, if I mount this to the VESA mount on my monitor, where do I mount the monitor stand? Is setup to mount to the monitor on one side, and my monitor stand on the other?

    • Trymor
    • 10 years ago

    Bundle with the right software, and boom, your modern day VCR.

      • Scrotos
      • 10 years ago

      I’ll have to check those out at home, if I remember. Dunno what you have on that domain, but my work’s content filter isn’t a fan. 😉

      Block reason: Forbidden Category “Pornography”

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        Haha. I guess you could call it hardware geek porn.

        • indeego
        • 10 years ago

        Yeah I’ve been known to host pron. I troll more than TR after allg{<.<}g

          • 5150
          • 10 years ago

          Nice home page BTW. LOL I think you and Cassidy have a bit of a bromance going on.

      • 5150
      • 10 years ago

      Agreed! If it isn’t a Vertex or X25-M, I don’t want it in my (or another other employee’s) laptop. I have yet to have an SSD fail on me and everyone who has gotten one in their laptop has been very thankful for it.

    • Tamale
    • 10 years ago

    DO WANT!

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