Zotac unveiled an unusually-shaped desktop computer at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Now the company’s first ZBOX O-series spherical desktop is official: meet the Zotac ZBOX OI520 desktop with an Intel Core i5 Haswell CPU.
Like all of Zotac’s desktops, the OI520 comes in two versions. There’s a barebones model that comes with no hard drive or RAM, and there’s a PLUS model that has 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Neither model has an operating system pre-installed, but both should support Windows and most recent Linux distros.
Both models feature an Intel Core i5-4200u dual-core CPU, Intel HD 4400 graphics, HDMI and DisplayPort, an SATA connector and mSATA connector, 2 memory slots (for up to 16GB of RAM, and a 2.5 inch drive bay for a hard drive or SSD.
The computer also features Gigabit Ethernet, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and audio jacks.
The most unusual feature of the computer is the globe-shaped design which makes the system look a bit like the ill-fated Google Nexus Q. Zotac’s box isn’t quite as round as the Nexus Q though — it’d be tough to put all those ports on a complete spherical surface. So the back of the device is flat, as is the bottom (so it doesn’t roll off your table).