Zotac introduced a line of tiny desktop computers with low-power processors and fanless designs about a year ago. Now the company is ready for round two.
The new Zotac ZBOX CI521 nano is a fanless mini PC with an Intel Core M-5Y10c Broadwell processor.
The little computer measures about 5″ x 5.” x 1.8″ and features four USB 3.0 ports, dual Ethernet jacks, HDMI and DisplayPort, and an SD card reader as well as audio jacks, and a connector for an external antenna.
The system has an M.2 slot for solid state storage and a 2.5 inch drive bay for a hard drive or SSD. Zotac will sell a Plus model with 8GB of RAM and a 60GB M.2 SATA SSD as well as a barebones model that ships without storage or memory
Both models features 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and support for Windows 7 or later.
The computer’s Intel Core M processor is a 4.5 watt low-power chip which should be capable of handling HD video playback and most basic computing tasks. But hopefully it won’t generate as much heat as the 11.5 watt Core i5 Haswell chip used in the older ZBOX CI540 nano.