ZOTAC Shrinks Mini-PC Further with New Pocket- Sized ZBOX PI320 pico

Subject: Systems | August 27, 2014 - 01:08 PM |
Tagged: zotac, zbox, PI320 pico, baytrail, win 8.1, htpc

Zotac's tiny new ZBOX PI320 pico should arrive in stores towards the end of September for $200, which includes not only the hardware but Win 8.1 meaning you can simply plug it in and start using it.  At 115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2mm (4.5" x 2.6"x 0.75") it is smaller than your average Galaxy smartphone and every bit as capable.

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HONG KONG – Aug. 27, 2014 – ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards and mini-PCs, today shrinks the mini-PC further with the pocket-sized ZBOX PI320 pico. The new ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico delivers a superb quad-core Windows 8.1 with Bing computing experience in a compact and versatile form factor.

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“ZOTAC is a major innovator when it comes to miniaturizing the traditional PC. We began our push towards smaller and smaller mini-PCs with the ZBOX nano form factor and followed up with the ZBOX nano XS,” said Tony Wong, CEO, ZOTAC International. “Now with the all-new ZBOX PI320 pico, we have created our smallest mini-PC that can fit in your pocket.”

The pocketable form factor measures in at 115.5mm x 66mm x 19.2mm, which is roughly the same size as a small smartphone. Thanks to the tiny size, the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico is the perfect mini-PC for any room in a house, specialized installations, and for seasoned travelers on the go.

At the heart of the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico is an Intel Baytrail quad-core processor with Intel HD Graphics technology for snappy system responsiveness and stunning high-definition video playback capabilities. The very energy-efficient processor is cooled with a fan-less heatsink that generates zero noise for an excellent silent computing experience.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing is preinstalled on the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico mini- PC for instant out-of-box use. Just unbox the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico, plug it in, connect peripherals, and power it on.

The ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico ships with 2GB of DDR3L memory and 32GB solid-state storage with a micro SDXC slot to instantly increase storage up to 128GB. External expansion is available via three USB 2.0 ports on the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico.

A single HDMI output that’s capable of up to 1080p resolution enables the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico to easily connect to most LCD monitors and displays. High-speed 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 technologies ensure the ZOTAC ZBOX PI320 pico delivers fast networking performance with and without wires.

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Source: Zotac
August 27, 2014 | 03:00 PM - Posted by MrAnderson (Was Here) (not verified)

totally better deal than any Chromebox and I'm not a hater. I really wish the Chromebooks/Box would shine considering the Chrome OS is free and that should add room to give better specs... but the manufacturers always pull the concession stand popcorn card.

If this thing sings through stream and file 108-p mp4s and other standard media formats... I cannot see why I would not carry this in my pocket/messenger bag whatever, as a backup.

Go go ZOTAC!

Now... can I pop this thing open and install 4GB of DDR3L or did-ja solder them on??

August 27, 2014 | 06:59 PM - Posted by Dom (not verified)

the ram is soldered and its an eMMC storage device, but there is a microSD slot on there, so you could potentially ad a 128GB MicroSD cardi n there for similar performance to the eMMC

August 27, 2014 | 03:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Now THAT is cool. The only question I have is whether it will be cheaper than this:
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Venue-Pro-Tablet-Windows/dp/B00FEE7B1I/

$150-175 would be ideal for something with the same specs, free OS, but no touchscreen and fewer overall materials. Plenty of power for VLC/XBMC/SteamIHS/Netflix/YouTube... very nice.

August 27, 2014 | 03:48 PM - Posted by funandjam

Is the memory upgradeable to something like 4Gb or higher? 2GB doesn't make much sense for a full version of Windows other than just web browsing.(or maybe I totally missed if it is upgradeable, and if I did, my bad)
Not that I'm in the market to buy one, it just seems like if this was intended to be a cheap pc and you wanted to do some type of productivity on it, then 2gb is just not enough.

August 27, 2014 | 05:34 PM - Posted by Esso (not verified)

Well it doesn't say, RT... in that case it would definitely be worth looking into.

August 28, 2014 | 08:13 AM - Posted by Lars (not verified)

This is a full version of x86 Win 8.1 NOT RT! Win 8.1 x86 runs quite well on Atom w only 2GB ram, actually! I have a Toshiba Encore with Atom Z3740 and it is quite snappy and has no problem playing 1080p videos at 20% CPU because of HW decoding.

August 28, 2014 | 11:22 AM - Posted by funandjam

I will agree that playing a video or just browsing the web works just fine, but from a productivity standpoint, 2GB is just not enough.

My point is if the RAM is soldered to the mobo, then they are limiting themselves on who would want to buy it.

November 9, 2014 | 02:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This Windows is 32Bit, so a lot more RAM than 2GB wont help. What do you want to do with it? Playing Crisis 3?

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