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The ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID34 is a mini PC designed for multimedia usage. It can play Blu-rays thanks to the built-in Blu-ray player and sits behind your TV for maximum discretion. When you get it out the box, there's a little surprise in store: the ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID34 looks more like a TV box than a computer. It won't look out of place on your TV cabinet. Overall it looks quite elegant and well-made, a well finished product. It also comes with a fixture unit to attach it to the back of your TV where you would normally put the VESA bracket. When you start it up the fan is a little excitable for a few seconds before quietening right down. When handling office documents, it remains quiet. During Blu-ray playback, it's a little louder but even then, and with the sound of the Blu-ray player combined, it's easily covered by the film soundtrack (PC delivered with Power DVD 9). No major gaps in connectivity here. There are two USB 3.0 sockets (the blue ones), a USB 2.0 port, an eSATA, a headphones socket, a mic in, an optical out, a memory card reader, an RJ45 port, an HDMI out and a DVI out (DVI/VGA adaptor supplied).
Considering the latest 3D features and better image quality that new HDTVs offer, many consumers seem to look for a nice compact solution allowing them to watch their Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray 3D videos while also having the functions of a Desktop PC. The ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U is a small form factor All-in-One Mini-PC or HTPC (Home Theatre Personal Computer) that allows users to easily play Blu-Ray videos with the included Cyberlink PowerDVD software. This PC is designed to be very simple and easy to use: the owner need only plug in their wireless keyboard and mouse, and the ZOTAC ZBOX to the HDMI port on the TV. For different audio inputs, the user also has the option to use a standard headphone jack or a Digital Optical Output S/PDIF-Out connector. When a Blu-Ray disk is inserted into the PC, PowerDVD will automatically launch and start loading the movie. Within several seconds of loading the Blu-Ray disk into the ZOTAC ZBOXHD-ID34BR-U, the movie starts playing without any lags.
Nettops are not nearly as popular as their mobile contemporaries, i.e. netbooks, arguably due to the lack of any significant horsepower within the tiny machines. Up until now, most nettops have been good for little more than basic Office duties, Web surfing, and occasional 720p (max) movie playback. There's a fine line that has to be walked with a nettop; there's far too little space to shove a Core i3 or better CPU in there, and besides, companies are trying to keep pricing at reasonable levels. Thus, nettops have largely been left with one main processor option: Intel's Atom family. If you've read a few of our past netbook reviews, you may have noticed that we've been somewhat disappointed with how slowly the Atom line has progressed. But the recently released Atom D525 (dual-core) has proven to be a nice step forward. The machines that we have tested that were powered by this chip have impressed us, so when Zotac decided to equip their latest nettop with Intel's newest dual-core Atom, we definitely perked up. But the new CPU isn't the only new feature in the HD-ID33 and HD-ID34 nettops, as they are known.
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