Zotac ZBOX ID84 Plus Mini PC
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Sleek aesthetics, Small form factor, Great price, Strong connectivity, Quiet, Vesa mount
WHAT WE DISLIKED:No optical drive for OS or Drivers installation, Runs warm, Slow write speeds on hard disk
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We’ve seen quite a rise in the popularity of home theater systems, a reflection of the increasing media consumption in the world around us. Technology pushes forward, and a byproduct is things become smaller, so the need for towering desktop systems in homes isn’t what it once was, certainly not for multimedia usage.
And so we’ve then seen the rise of the Mini PC, a very smallform platform that can handle essential home tasks, such as email, browsing, music, perhaps some productivity work, and certainly video playback. In the context of the home theater setup, these mini PCs occupy an interesting position in the marketplace; not as powerful as a true a desktop, not as mobile as a tablet, not as integrated as a notebook.
Zotac may be known for gaming graphics cards, but the company is also well known for producing smallform mini PCs. The ZBOX ID84 Plus is the latest in a long line of these mini systems, and it comes with a very attractive price tag of about $319, perhaps a very affordable HTPC setup for those on a tight budget who lack the need of something fancy or expensive, but still want the versatility of managing daily uses a computer can provide.
The ID84 Plus looks like a sleek little unit, so let’s take a closer look and see how it fares.