New additions to ZBOX energy efficient Blu-ray series


January 6, 2011

The ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series mini-PC from ZOTAC

The ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series mini-PC from ZOTAC

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ZOTAC has announced two new additions to its existing ZBOX Blu-ray range of small form factor, energy-efficient computers. The ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 and AD03 Plus models are described by the company as a potent casual gaming platform and feature high definition graphics and audio, Dual-Core processing power, DDR3 memory, USB 3 and Wireless-N networking.

The ZBOX Blu-ray AD03 series combines an AMD E-350 APU 1.6 GHz, dual-core processor platform with a discrete-class Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor running at 500MHz, which results in the "perfect synergy of CPU and GPU" according to ZOTAC. Featuring high definition 3D graphics rendering and Microsoft DirectX 11 support, the 7.36 x 11.02 x 1.5-inch mini-PC also sports a slot-load Blu-ray optical drive offering 4x Blu-ray read, 8x DVD and 24x CD read/write.

Inside the barebones AD03 box there's room for a 2.5-inch format SATA 6Gb/s HDD or SSD, a couple of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory slots, mini-PCI express, 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, eSATA and a 5-in-1 media card reader. There's also 802.11n WiFi (up to 300Mb/s) and Gigabit Ethernet (up to 100Mb/s), DVI and VGA outputs and optical digital S/PDIF audio output.

The 7.1-Channel digital audio and onboard analog stereo high-definition audio is Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD: Master Audio bitstream ready and is said to be capable of sending raw, lossless audio formats over HDMI to digital home theater receivers.

Most of the specs are the same for the AD03 Plus, but this flavor comes shipped with 2GB DDR3 RAM and a 250GB HDD spinning at 5400RPM.

Pricing will be approximately US$399 for the AD03 and US$499 for the AD03 Plus.

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