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The ZBOX HD-ID11 comes from Zotac's mini PC line but unlike the ‘MAG' the ZBOX isn't ready to run right out of the box. With the ZBOX you have to add memory and a storage device first.In terms of design the ZBOX looks very similar to the MAG we reviewed in our January issue. This is not a bad thing however because we rather liked the sleek looks and design of the MAG. Opening up the machine is simple and straightforward; you only need to undo two thumbscrews and slide the top cover off. On the inside the memory socket and 2.5-inch drive bay are easily accessible so fitting our 2GB DDR2 memory module and 128GB Kingston SSD Now V+ drive took less than a minute. The only thing we suggest is for Zotac to add an additional SODIMM socket, so it's possible to fit two DDR2 modules to this machine.Once Windows 7 and the necessary drivers were installed we found the HD-ID11 a competent machine. The D510 CPU, 2GB of RAM and Kingston SSD drive made the ZBOX feel a very fast machine within Windows. We could multi-task with ease and never once found ourselves wanting more horsepower.
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