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alaScore 86

48 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of Zotac ZBOX NANO AD12. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Opinions about the price and design are overall positive. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, size, design, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Zotac ZBOX NANO AD12 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 user reviews of Zotac ZBOX NANO AD12 from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviews about the design and size are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good opinions, but there are some negative opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design


67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ZOTAC AMD Dual-Core E2-1800 1.7GHz/AMD A68M/Wi-Fi/A&V&GbE Mini PC Barebone System ZBOXNANO-AD12-UZotac ZBOX Nano AD12 AMD E2-1800 APU 1.7 GHz Dual Core Barebone ZBOXNANO-AD12-UZotac ZBOX AMD E2-1800 APU 1.7 GHz Dual Core All-In-One Barebone with 2GB Memory and 320GB Hard Drive ZBOXNANO-AD12-PLUS-U

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Ahmer Kazi (

Zotac ZBox Nano AD12 Plus


Users who don't mind modest performance and installing their own OS will dig the Zotac ZBox Nano AD12 Plus for its compact size, impressive port selection, and cool look. Outside of this narrow group, though, better options exist.

Compact. Decked out with ports. Affordable. Can support dual displays

Doesn't include an operating system. Sluggish performer. No included peripherals. Very limited space for internal expansion. No WiDi

As I was leaving the Labs the other day, I slipped the Zotac ZBox Nano AD12 Plus ($304.99 direct) into my bag before heading out. This would be fairly unremarkable if the ZBox Nano AD12 Plus was an ultrabook or tablet. But here's the thing: It's a...

Feb, 2013


Expert review by: Denny Atkin (

Zotac Zbox Nano AD12 Plus


Zotac is one of the biggest companies you've likely never heard of. Best known in the U.S. market for its video cards, Zotac is the consumer brand of PC Partner, a large Asian OEM maker of PC components such as motherboards and video cards, and it also...

Exceptionally compact and quiet-running ; Smooth video playback ; Lots of external expansion potential ; Supports dual displays ; Inexpensive

Operating system not included ; Smallish hard drive ; Too slow for transcoding or other demanding tasks

The Zbox Nano AD Plus is a near-invisibly small and quiet home-theater PC that’s surprisingly capable and connectable for its size and low price. (Just be prepared to supply your own OS and peripherals.)

Nov, 2012


Expert review by: Nick Rego (

ZOTAC Zbox nano AD12 Plus Review


Another addition to the pint-size computers.

Quiet, compact, new AMD GPU makes for better video playback

No major changes apart from GPU, front panel design could use a bit of improvement

Overall the device feels quite sturdy in its casing, and flipping the unit over reveals an interesting aspect about it’s underside. The four raised legs are actually screws, which you can twist open to remove the bottom plate and expose the memory slot...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Tim Harmer (

ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD12 PLUS Review


The first ZBOX nano to feature an E2-1800 APU, can the total package impress us more than the great nano XS AD11? Enter the new AD12 PLUS.

127mm x 127mm footprint ; Hardware accelerated h.264 playback ; Extensive features including USB3, eSATA, DisplayPort, Bluetooth ; Spacious 320GB HDD ; Responsive enough for general PC use ; Excellent Bundled MCE Remote ; 2 Year Warranty in the EU

As with the ZBOX nano AD12 PLUS' smaller sibling, it's easy to appreciate the technology packed into a pretty small form factor. ZOTAC have taken the concept of a mainstream APU and run with it, producing an accomplished HTPC which in many ways is far...

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (

So far I'm loving it


I'm continuing to watch out for artifacts caused by overloading and will update this review as time goes on and I push it to 3 recordings. The i5 version might be more well suited to the recording application of WMC (for 2 or more simultaneous feeds),...

Very cool little PC. I had considered the intel nuc's at first, but this one was much cheaper, so I thought it might be worth the risk and I could use it for something else if it didn't make the cut ; My setup ; 1TB Seagate Hybrid Drive ; 8GB Corsair...

As one other reviewer mentioned this might be slightly underpowered, though I haven't experienced any issues yet. It doesn't take much to get to 100% processing power, especially when windows update runs and even for about 1/2 day after windows updates...

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (

Lasted 4 months


Great system while it worked. Out of the box it took little to get up and running

Saw light use as a file server for 4 months and now overheats and shuts down within a minutes of being turned on

Oct, 2014

Consumer review by: agpoweredmg (



These little boxes are amazing. Swap out the standard HD for a SSD and you're ready for anything. Install OpenELEC, hook it up to your network and set up with your file server and you have the best HTPC experience I've seen.

Best home theater PC out there

Had a fan go dead, but no trouble getting it replaced

Jun, 2014

Consumer review by: jhetrick62 (

Good units overall


Overall, easiest units I have found for mounting to vesa mounts.

Easy to install and mount to a monitor. Easily runs basic workstation functions and internet use if used for those purposes. Boots quickly and efficiently on Windows 7 w/ 8gb memory and SSD drive. I run Linux also on some (own 10 of these in our...

Will not run wireless on Linux without rebuilding the driver package as a general rule (definitely need to on Ubuntu). Out of 10 of these, 1 came DOA with a stuck power button and after 3 months of use, that just occurred to another one so I will RMA....

Jan, 2014

Consumer review by: v (

better than i expected


bought it to replace my home SSH/Proxy machine, but set it up as a desktop with 22 inch monitor - a lot heavier task. it runs great - Fedroa linux as host OS, VMplayer running XP as guest. The only thing is - AMD linux drivers can be a hightmare to...

good GPU, common sense design, doesn't get hot at all

cpu is underpowered, but that was expected

Nov, 2013

Consumer review by: markeby (

I own 3 of these


This make a great HTPC. Small size, low power, plays everything including cablecard

Could be cheaper

Jul, 2013

Product Specifications


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


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:7 in 1 Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:NO OS
Product Type:NETTOP


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Radeon HD 7340 / RADEON HD7340
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:AMD
Chipset Type:AMD A68 / Unknown
Hyper Threading: No
Processor Brand:AMD
Processor Number:E2-1800