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Zotac ZBOX ID80 PLUS

Zotac ZBOX ID80 PLUS
alaScore 88

15 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size. The design also gets good reviews, whereas some have doubts about the value for money.

usability, design, size

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Zotac ZBOX ID80 PLUS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 15 reviews)

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Zotac Zbox ID80 Plus

 

Today's high-definition TVs may be relatively “smart”—fitted out with built-in Wi-Fi and interactive Web apps—but they're not ready to make the PC obsolete quite yet. If you want to use your TV for watching and listening to your own digital media...

Very compact chassis ; Runs quietly ; Great video-playback performance for a small-form-factor PC ; Six USB ports, including two 3.0

Must supply and install your own operating system ; No optical drive ; Relatively small-capacity hard drive ; Included remote uses coin-cell batteries

The Zbox ID80 Plus is a compact and quiet HTPC system that’s ideal for DIYers on a budget. Just be prepared to supply your own optical drive, keyboard, mouse, and OS.

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Zotac ZBOX ID-80 Plus HTPC Review

 

Looking to add a Media Center in your home?

Complete HTPC System with iR Receiver, USB 3.0 and Noise free

Slow Hard Drive, Not fast for use as a regular PC

On the front side, you have audio ports along with an SD card reader, a USB port and the power button with Wi-Fi and Hard Drive LEDs. The top side has another USB 2.0 port while the back features connectors for power, a Wi-Fi antenna, wired LAN, two...

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Amazon review summary for Zotac ZBOX ID80 PLUS

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Zotac ZBOX ID80 PLUS from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

design, usability

83% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Zotac ZBOX ID80-plus a very good purchase!

 

Zotac product is doing exactly what I purchased it for. I am able to watch movies and TV shows using XBMC software. I am very satisfied and even though I am not very good with computers, it was easy to upload Windows 7 using a USB key (with some...

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Not easy to install

 

I was unable to install an OS on this. It doesn't boot off a USB stick. So i bought a USB DVD and it read the DVD but then it said it needs drivers for the DVD ROM. When you click on Browse it didn't see the DVD so i couldn't install drivers.Not really...

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zbox

 

Everything was working when I first got it, but after updating the BIOS and reinstalling windows7, it won't boot. Returned for refund.

small, low power consumption, cheap ; XBMC streaming 1080p mkv wirelessly without issue ; comes with VESA mount and a USB IR receiver that works with my harmony remote as MCE keyboard ; quick boot with SSD installed

this box runs very hot! it even makes my SSD hot after 15min of watching video ; case and remote feel kinda cheap, plus the case attract fingerprints ; AHCI mode didn't work for my Intel SSD, only IDE mode worked ; i hate LED light on HTPC. You can...

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Freakin Awesome

 

When I installed first thing I did was set CPU fan speed to 100% in BIOS, sure it makes it more noisy (no more noisy then a graphics card fan at 70% speed) but it keeps it better cooled. Then ran Memtest and tested all the RAM for hours. USB 3.0 ports...

Very small, works great as a small computer with a tiny energy footprint for a media server and file server that I leave on 24/7. Popped in 2x2gb Mushkin ram sticks, used external DVD drive to install windows 7 64 Ultimate. Installed everything I need...

Blue light ring ; Remote uses CR2032 batteries, though they are included ; Remote buttons and overall size is tiny

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BIOS problems!

 

Do your research on BIOS problems. I wish I would have done it before getting this device. You will see that a lot of people are having the same issues I mentioned above. Apparently, there was a BIOS update, but it didn't fix any problems so they...

1. Small form factor ; 2. Silent ; 3. Higher video performance compared to other Atom processor systems ; 4. It can be mounted onto the backside of wall-mounted TV (I used some double sided tape and string to fasten it to the TV, so it's hidden from view)

1. BIOS problems ; Sleep/suspend does not work well (it works intermittently) ; Fan stays on after shutting down the computer, so I need to manually pull out the power cord ; System does not turn right back on after shutting down. I need to wait 1-3...

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Practically DOA

 

68 degree room, good ventilation, 1 keyboard, 1 monitor, 1 mouse, and a SSD which frankly stayed cooler than anything else inside that box. No way this heating problem is my fault. Oh and the fan on this thing is a joke.

It looked pretty nice, and dang it's slim. Very quiet

Heat. Let me make this clear, this was placed next to an AC unit that keeps the room a nice 68 degrees (F). So there's no way this was environmental. I plugged this thing in and began installing windows. Barely got to the first boot and the video...

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Not real happy

 

I think I'll be avoiding Zotac in the future, I don't like companies that release things and expect paying customers to 'beta test' them. If I'm going to be a beta tester, I want the item for free, I don't want to pay for a headache.

Lots of potential ; Great small size

Runs very hot ; Java crashes, tried x32 and x64, even in linux ; Video is not clean, and you can't update the NVidia drivers

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Product Specifications

Configuration

DVD Writer: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Not Applicable
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:6 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition: No
Product Type:NETTOP
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:NETTOP

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce GT520M
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU + OnBoard
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU + OnBoard

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel®
Chipset Type:NM10
Hyper Threading: Yes
Processor:ATOM
Processor Brand:Intel ®
Processor Number:D2700
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