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Zotac has added another notch to its belt of multimedia-oriented mini PCs with the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus, a pint-sized computer that fits in the palm of your hand. What a pleasant surprise when we unpacked this little guy. Nestled inside a rather conventionally shaped box, we found a mini PC with a less-than-conventional form factor (10.6 x 10.6 x 3.7 cm, for a total of 336 g). We were also delighted to see that the sides of the chassis are made of metal rather than plastic. That gives it a certain solidity and definitely dissipates heat better. The top side, however, is made of a glossy black plastic that practically guarantees you'll smudge it every time you touch it. What's also slightly irritating is that the adapter is almost as big as the mini PC it powers. It's too bad Zotac seems to have neglected this, because it somewhat spoils the whole "mini" idea. As connectivity goes, there's nothing major lacking. Distributed on the front and back of the machine are two USB 3.0 ports (blue), two USB 2.0 ports (yellow), a combo USB 2.0/eSATA port, an audio out (which also serves as an optical digital output), a mic input, a memory card slot, an RJ45 port and an HDMI output.
In addition to building graphics cards, Zotac is one of only a handful companies to fully embrace small form factor and home theater systems. Whether you want to build something yourself from the ground up, quickly assemble a barebones rig, or pick up a fully built HTPC, Zotac has you covered. The company offers a wide array of mini-ITX motherboards based on many modern chipsets (including the just released Z77) and barebones ZBOX systems for the DIY Crowd, along with full SFF systems that need nothing but an OS. Over the last couple of years, Zotac has introduced a number of ultra small ZBOX systems that have seemingly gotten smaller and smaller with each new generation. The latest model we'll be showing you here today, however, is the smallest yet. The new Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus is an AMD E-series APU based small form factor / HTPC system that fits in the palm of your hand—literally. Despite offering a dual-core processor, integrated DirectX 11 class graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 64GB solid state drive, USB 3.0, a flash card reader, and various other connections, the ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus measures just 4.17” x 4.17” x 1.46”. To shrink things down into a package that small, Zotac had to make some concessions with the Nano XS that it didn't have to make with previous-gen Nanos, however. We'll explain what those concessions are on the pages ahead. For now, check out the specifications and bundle and then we'll move on to the juicier details...