Zotac is introducing a whole bunch of new small form-factor computers ahead of the next week’s Computex trade show in Taiwan. Most appear to be updated versions of tiny computers we first saw at CES in January, but the updates are pretty welcome.
Here’s a brief run-down of Zotac’s latest mini PCs.
While Zotac recently introduced its smallest computers to date, in the form of two new PC sticks, the company’s P Series systems are also pretty small, measuring about the size of a smartphone.
The latest entry is the Zotac PI330 with an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Cherry Trail processor and support for up to two external displays. The computer measures just 4.5″ x 3″ x 0.8″.
Specs for this model include:
- 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage
- HDMI 1.4b and DisplayPort 1.1a
- 2 USB 3.0 Type-A and 1 USB 3.0 Type-C ports
- 10/1000 Ethernet
- 802.11ac WiFi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Headset jack
- microSD card slot
The company has offered a line of compact desktops with fanless designs under the C Series brand for a few years, but the latest models feature an improved thermal design with “direct copper contact and heat pipes that lead to aluminum fins” to offer better heat dissipation.
Fanless Tech says that makes these the first “full-fledged fanless NUC” models from Zotac.
New models include:
- ZBOX CI523 Nano: Core i3-6100U and Bluetooth 4.0
- ZBOX CI543 Nano: Core i5-6200U and Bluetooth 4.0
- ZBOX CI545 Nano: Core i5-6300U and Bluetooth 4.1
Each model has Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Intel HD graphics, and a range of ports including USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and USB 3.1 Type-C connectors. And each features support for dual displays:
- DisplayPort 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
- HDMI 4096 x 2160 @ 24Hz
Zotac offers the C series computers in barebones configurations or in Plus kits which come with 4GB of RAM and 2.5 inch 120GB SSDs.
The computers measure 5.8″ x 5″ x 2.4″.
Take away the passive cooling system and insert a fan in the case and you can offer a line of computers with similar features but slightly more compact designs.
And that’s exactly what you get with the latest ZBOX M Series computers, including:
- ZBOX MI523
- ZBOX MI543
- ZBOX MI545
These laptops are pretty similar to the C series models mentioned above, but they feature a fan as well as a heatsink and measure 5″ x 5″ x 2″.