Zotac’s PI225 line of computer are ridiculously small — like smaller than most smartphones small. But they’re full-fledged PCs capable of running Windows 10 or other operating systems (like a GNU/Linux distribution).

The latest is the the Zotac ZBOX Pico PI225-GK which is a 3.8″ x 2.5″ x 0.8″ computer with an Intel Celeron N4000 dual-core “Gemini Lake” processor.

First unveiled earlier this year (with a slightly different model number), the ZBOX Pico PI225-GK is now available for about $230. That price includes 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Windows 10.

At the heart of the little computer is Intel’s 6 watt, dual-core processor with Intel UHD 600 graphics. It should be able to handle 4K video playback, making the PI225-GK an interesting option for driving digital signage displays, kiosks, or even a media center — although the limited amount of built-in storage might limit you to using the device for streaming content from the web or a network-attached storage device.

There is a microSD card slot that you can use for removable storage, two USB 3.1 Gen 1Type-C ports that you can use to connect a display, keyboard, storage, or other peripherals, and a micro USB port for power.

The system also supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0.

via CNX-Software

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24 replies on “Zotac PI225-GK is a pocket-sized computer with Intel Gemini Lake CPU”

  1. I think it is neat that they mention that it can install different operating systems. I would hate to be limited to just Windows.

  2. I recommend the Beelink S2 for an inexpensive comparable, though larger than this Zotac.
    N4000, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 2.5″ SATA expansion, Windows 10. Very capable basic PC for $199.

  3. Lol!
    Anyone else read 32GB of SSD, and moved on?
    I recently installed Windows 10 home 64 bit, and the whole OS with updates took about 69GB on my disk.
    32 after removing the older update folders it had just installed to upgrade the OS, and disable the hibernation file.

    The reason those HP streams were so cheap, was because after 1 or 2 updates they broke. Not enough space.

    1. Back in 2014, I bought an Asus X205 with 2gb of ram and a 32gb of storage. I currently have a fully up to date Windows 10 installation with the full MS Office Pro on it. I have 9gb of storage free plus 37 gb free on the micro sd card I use for data storage. This computer was my daily driver for 2 years. I still use it as a backup/travel computer and for some hobby stuff. It cost me $149.00 and I think I got my money’s worth out of it. So 32gb and Windows 10 works fine for me.

    2. The way to deal with these low storage devices is to keep your personal files in a NAS or sd cards, keep minimal installed software and clean up the backup files after every update. This has allwed me to keep my 1st gen Intel compute stick up to date until now, running windows 1809.

      1. I actually use it now as a Linux scrap book.
        Going back to 200-300MB operating systems, that can do more than a Windows mobile OS.
        Heck, I even have a 50MB Linux OS that runs entirely (from 128-256MB) of RAM, with wifi, basic browsing, word editor and everything!

    3. If you think 32 GB isn’t enough, I once got a free Windows 10 tablet from Newegg as part of a promotion for buying something else. The tablet was a 7 inch tablet with ONLY 16 GB of storage. It was pretty much impossible to install Windows updates.

      1. I got one of those 16gb tablets from Microcenter. Just for fun, I upgraded it to the latest version of Windows 10. It can be done, but it’s just not worth it. With just Windows 10 installed, I have about .75 GB of storage free. To update Windows, i had to use a usb drive and reinstall all of the drivers manually to get everything working. One day, I’ll see if I can get Linux or maybe Android for x86 working on it.

  4. Lol!
    Anyone else read 32GB of SSD, and moved on?
    I recently installed Windows 10 home 64 bit, and the whole OS with updates took about 69GB on my disk.
    32 after removing the older update folders it had just installed to upgrade the OS, and disable the hibernation file.

  5. I got one if these to test out for work. Basically unusable as a daily driver. Even for light M$ office use it’s really slow and you can’t use the SD card as a default install location.

    1. It’s probably too small and/or thin to support the physical connector. A dongle with have to do 🙂

  6. This is really tempting to get, it’s pretty reasonably priced and the specs are pretty decent at that price point too. I’ve got too many mini PC’s though so it’d be hard to find a purpose for this one to justify the purchase.

  7. Yeh, more than one year old CPU and only now they roll it out.

    Chinese manufactures are still at Cherrytrail x5-8350 maybe you can get Apollo lake.

    Its ridiculous. One Notebook already used M3 8100Y in Mix 2S yoga.

    1. I don’t think it’s that they’re behind the CPU trend, but rather this is to keep the cost of the device down. If this used a Core M CPU, the price would probably triple. The appeal of these mini PC’s is that they’re cheap but still pretty capable devices.

      1. Gemini Lake is a very capable SoC to run Windows….but that 32GB of storage…that will hamper the usefulness of this device more than the choice of SoC.

        1. It should at least be 512 GB storage like most phones come with an option to 512GB storage..It has the potential ti replace day to day use case computers

    2. Manufacturers are always 1 year behind. If you look at any product out there, all have a 1 year old CPU. It takes R&D that long to make things work well.

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