I have a weakness for Chromebooks and external graphics cards for laptops, and I’m always interested in technology that I can imagine fitting into my future. But we’re not there yet.
ZOTAC’s ZBOX series have been offering computers in tiny boxes since 2006, and the company have just announced a new addition to their mini-PC lineup. The ZBOX Nano AQ01 is a palm-sized, quad-core computer using AMD’s A4-5000 APU, which makes it a close relative to the APU found in the Sony Playstation 4 and Xbox One. While you probably can’t expect this little guy to push Battlefield 4 or Crysis 3, it’s sure to be enough to cruise through older games and most tasks outside of gaming and video editing. Included in the box along with the chip is a 500GB hard drive, 4GB (up to 8) of RAM and a 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip, making this little unit a perfect choice for streaming or as a media centre.
While ZOTAC’s ZBOX Nano AQ01 might not be what I see at the end of the road, it looks like a great rest-stop.