Zotac unveiled its first PC-on-a-stick at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Now the company is getting ready to start selling its PC Sticks… and it turns out they’ll come in two versions.
When you look at the spec sheet, the Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 look virtually identical. But one model has a fan, while the other is passively cooled, for silent operation.
The Zotac ZBOX PI220 has a “SmartFan” cooling system and measures 5.2″ x 1.7″ 0.62″. The fanless ZBOX PI221 is a bit thicker, at 0.67″ to allow extra room for air flow.
Both systems feature Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processors, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage, and Windows 10 Home 32-bit software.
Each model has an HDMI connector, 10/100 Ethernet jack, USB 3.0 port, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a micro SDXC card reader. There’s also a micro USB port for power and a detachable external antenna.
Overall the new Zotac PC Sticks are a lot like Intel’s entry-level Cherry Trail Compute Stick. But Intel doesn’t offer an external antenna, Ethernet port, or fanless option.
Zotac hasn’t announced the release date or retail price of its new PC sticks yet.