Zotac Zbox gets a definite price tag, launch schedule

That Zotac Zbox HD-ID11 nettop will be a little more expensive than anticipated. Last week, shortly after Nvidia launched its next-generation Ion graphics processor, we were tipped off that the Zbox's mix of dual-core Atom processing and Ion graphics goodness would set you back $209.99. Well, Zotac now tells us the device will actually cost $239.99.

The firm has also provided us with a rough availability time frame: late March or early April. That ought to put Zotac at the front row of next-generation Ion adopters. Nvidia said at the launch that "more than 30" systems featuring the new GPU will be out by the summer.

As we already noted, the Zbox sticks its dual-core Atom CPU and Ion GPU in a diminutive enclosure that can be strapped to the back of an LCD monitor. The machine includes 512MB of dedicated graphics RAM, a DDR2 SO-DIMM slot for main memory, one 2.5" hard drive bay, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and connectivity that spans Gigabit Ethernet, external Serial ATA, and HDMI.

Hopefully, Zotac will throw in some RAM and a hard drive in the mix; otherwise, the system might end up costing a wee bit more than first-gen Ion nettops like Zotac's own MAG HD-NS01-U, which sells for $259.99 at Newegg.

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