Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus: Redefining the Small Form Factor PC
Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs are becoming quite popular as processors become more and more power efficient. Over the last few years, we have had a slew of budget SFF PCs. We have a number of powerful units targeting the mid-range and high-end markets such as the CoreHT and the Vision 3D series from ASRock. However, the sales volume lies in the budget lineups. Companies like Asus, ASRock, Sapphire and Zotac have been playing in this segment of the market. The trend started with pure Atom based nettops. The ION-based nettops brought HD video decoding and limited gaming capabilities to the budget lineups. AMD joined the game late with their AMD Fusion-based Brazos offerings early last year. Almost all of these offerings come to the consumer in the form of mini-ITX boards.
Is there anything smaller than a mini-ITX system? The nano-ITX and pico-ITX form factors pioneered by VIA are much smaller, but haven't gained much popularity. Today, Zotac is introducing their AMD E-450 based ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus. With a motherboard measuring 10 cm x 10 cm (smaller than the nano-ITX and just slightly bigger than a pico-ITX), it is definitely one of the smallest machines we have seen in our labs.The ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus comes with loads of exciting features, and Zotac gave us the chance to check out the unit prior to launch. Read on for our review.