Zotac has been offering small form-factor computers for the past few years, but the company typically sells computers without an operating system. Recently Zotac announced that it would begin offering a handful of models with Windows 8.1 and now the first one is available.
You can pick up a Zotac ZBOX BI320 with an Intel Celeron Haswell processor and Windows 8.1 software for $220.
The computer features a 15W Intel Celeron 2957U dual-core processor, Intel HD graphics, DVI and HDMI output, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of solid state storage.
You can upgrade either the memory or storage: the system has a 2.5 inch drive bay and a single memory slot.
The Zotac ZBOX BI320 also features a flash card reader, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet. It doesn’t have WiFi built-in, but USB wireless adapters are pretty cheap.
Zotac pre-installs Windows 8.1 with Bing… which is basically the same as the normal Windows 8.1 operating system. The only difference is that device makers agree to keep Bing as the default search engine in Internet Explorer in exchange for better pricing from Microsoft. Users can always change the default search engine once they purchase a computer running Windows 8.1 with Bing.
Zotac also has new Windows PCs on the way with Intel Celeron 2930 Bay Trail, AMD A6-1450 Temash, and Intel Celeron 1037U Ivy Bridge processors. Priced at $220, the Zotac ZBOX BI320 might be the one to beat though: It doesn’t cost much more than a Chromebox, but it’s a full-fledged Windows PC in a compact, relatively low-power package.