Zotac Zbox review
- Intro cont'd
Author: Vedran Dakic
Date: 06 Oct 2010
If you take a look at the overall design, Zbox is really cool. The omnipresent "silver meets black" theme looks really shiny and gives it a bit more "expensive" look. Since this is not the type of device you'll carry around like a notebook or similar device, the fact that your fingerprints will be visible when you touch it is of little value here. Design choice which is ok. It has a couple of ports - five USB, eSATA, audio connectors (analog and optical S/PDIF), HDMI and DVI, Gigabit Ethernet port - pretty much everything you'll ever need from this thing.
In the box, you get the device with a stand (so it can be installed vertically), adapter and that's basically it. What's really cool is the fact that it has Windows preinstalled, with some additional software in the bundle - Badaboom, vReveal, LoLioscope and bit defender antivirus. If you want to encode, enhance and/or edit video - you're pretty much covered. Since this is NVIDIA-based thingy, all of these applications use CUDA to the max as this is what they've been designed for - to use GPU power as much as possible.
Let's check out some pictures and then - some results: