Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22: A CULV Nettop at last!

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Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22: At Last a CULV Nettop

September 4th, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22
Manufacturer Zotac
MSRP US$270

Hong Kong based Zotac is best known for bringing the latest motherboard chipsets to the mini-ITX form factor and effect pushing the envelope of powerful DIY small factor PCs. Zotac is no stranger to complete systems either with the MAG series of nettops being quite competitive with other popular mini-PCs such as the Acer Revo and the Asus Eee Box.

Zotac's latest venture into miniature computing comes in the form of the ZBOXs, a line of barebones nettops available in 7 different varieties. The three low-end models are powered by Intel Atom and integrated Intel or nVidia ION graphics, as per the current industry standard. There is one version with a mobile AMD Athlon Neo X2 chip and Radeon HD 3200 graphics — somewhat exciting but not really new to the desktop scene. The last three are by far the most interesting, the desktop PCs driven by Intel CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) processors, the same chips that are all the rage in the ultra-portable notebook market.

Zotac ZBOX Versions
Model
CPU
GPU
RAM
HD-ND21
Pentium SU4100 1.3 GHz
Nvidia ION
2 x DDR3
HD-ND22-U
Celeron SU2300 1.2 GHz
Nvidia ION
2 x DDR3
HD-NS21
Celeron 743 1.3 GHz (single core)
Nvidia ION
2 x DDR3
HD-AD01-U
Athlon Neo X2 L325 1.5 GHz
Radeon HD 3200
2 x DDR2
HD-ID11-U
Atom D510 1.66 GHz
Nvidia ION
1 x DDR2
HD-ND02-U
Atom 330 1.6 GHz
Nvidia ION
1 x DDR2
SD-ID10-U
Atom D510 1.66 GHz
GMA 3150
1 x DDR2

The low power draw of CULV processors have allowed laptops to slim down and enjoy much improved battery life without sacrificing performance. Those bemoaning the myriad of slow Atom based nettops (ourselves included) and seeking higher performance mini PCs — the wait is finally over. Our ZBOX sample is the HD-ND22-U with ION graphics and a Celeron SU2300 1.2 GHz dual core processor. As the ZBOX is a barebones package, a 2.5" SATA hard drive, some DDR3 SODIMM memory, and an operating system are required to make it fully functional. There is no option for an optical drive, like in almost all the current mini PCs.


The ZBOX HD-ND22 is powered by a mobile processor, the Celeron SU2300.



Secured in the included VESA mounting frame.



Unboxed.

The package includes a VESA mount and screws, a vertical stand, an AC power adapter, a driver disc and some literature. The ZBOX itself is a slim, sleek black and silver machine with the exterior casing constructed out of plastic.

Specifications: Zotac ZBOX HD-ND22
(from the product web page)


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