Zotac's Zbox MI551 promises desktop power in a tiny footprint

Zotac's Zboxen have always been good choices for some niche uses, like HTPCs and digital signage. The company is looking to take the small PC concept one step further, and it's billing its latest Zbox as a full-fledged desktop replacement. Meet the Zbox MI551.

The MI551 comes equipped with a 35W Core i5-6400T CPU, a four-core, four-thread part with 2.2 GHz base and 2.8 GHz turbo clocks. Onboard graphics power comes by way of an HD Graphics 530 IGP. Users can install up to 16GB of DDR3L RAM in the Zbox's two DIMM slots. The tiny PC packs both an M.2 slot and a 2.5" SATA port, which ought to be plenty for most storage needs.

For networking, Zotac decks out the MI551 with two Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0. Four USB ports (one of which is a 10Gbps Type-C connector) help with peripheral connectivity.

The desktop-grade trappings don't end there, though. The MI551 has three display outputs: two DisplayPort outputs and an HDMI port. Zotac will also be selling a "Plus" variant of the MI551, which comes fitted from the factory with 4GB of RAM and a 120GB M.2 SATA SSD.

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