The problem I always have with desktop systems is size, now from a PC gamer point of view bigger means expansion and that is something you can’t argue with when you see the size of components like graphics cards and the constant need to keep up with the changing hardware and requirements for newer games. If you are a gamer who prefers nothing more than sitting down with a console to record gaming footage for a YouTube channel, then this might just be the new toy you are looking for.
The box might be small but it does pack a serious punch with an efficient and very capable Intel Core i3 4030U dual processor and Intel HD Graphics 4400. This as is not to be thought of as a system that will keep up with gaming in the future but for media creation it looks to hold what you need. For I/O you will get the following list of goodies, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 connectors, and Gigabit Ethernet.
With regards to the graphic side of things you get HDMI and audio/mic jacks, plus two display outputs (HDMI and mini DisplayPort), as well as a 3-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC and SDXC) and last but not least the Clear Video HD, InTru 3D and Quick Sync Video technologies that will make sure that your media is played great quality.
One thing that I found pretty unique with this package is the mounting pack that will allow this system to be attached to the back of your monitor allowing for more space to be saved. Looking at the picture above you can see how easily you can have a media editing centre setup. Zotac will offer two models. There’s a barebones version which doesn’t include any memory or storage, and a Plus model which comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state storage. You’ll need to supply your own operating system no matter which version you buy
|Product||ZBOX MI521 nano XS series|
|Memory||Support 2 x DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM (up to 16GB)||4GB DDR3L(up to 16GB)|
|Storage||Support mSATA SSD||128GB mSATA SSD|
|CPU||Intel Core i3 4030U (dual-core, 1.9 GHz)|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 4400|
|Video Memory||Shared Memory|
|Display Options||HDMI & mini-DisplayPort|
|Card Reader||3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC)|
|WiFi||802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0|
|USB Ports||2 USB 2.0 (front)2 USB 3.0 (rear panel)|
|Audio||HDMI audio (bitstream)3.5mm output3.5mm microphone input|
|DirectX Support||DirectX 11|
|Other Features||Intel Virtualization (VT-x & VT-d), Clear Video HD, InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video and Hyper-Threading technologies|
|Windows||Windows 7/8 32/64-bit ready|