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alaScore 90

27 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the value for money and size. There are some negative reviews about the reliability. Views are divided on the usability.

design, size, value for money


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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 27 reviews)

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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...


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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.)


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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...


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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....

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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

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I own 3 of these


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

Could be cheaper

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Nice, but service is pretty bad


The wireless was either unsupported in the Zotac builds, or very slow, so I switched to the hardwired network, which had a hardware issue. Registering the device took 2 weeks, getting an RMA approved to 3-4 weeks, I shipped it to them and just got...

Small, convenient form factor. Built in IR, wifi

Poor driver support in XBMC/OpenELEC ; Horribly slow service from MFR

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Sweet setup


I'm running OpenELEC off a USB 2.0 drive for now, but I have a SSD that I'm thinking about loading into this and trying out Windows Media Center. System fan is quite and rarely is noticeable. I have mine sitting in front of the TV for now, so I'm sure...

Small and mounts to the back of my LED TV easily. The APU is more than sufficient for streaming video content from my home server. I'm trying out OpenELEC XMBC running off a USB 2.0 Drive. Boot up is quick and the included remote works excellent with...

None ; Regarding Intels entry into this form factor: Since Zotac has been doing these small form factors for some time....I'm amazed how Intels entry is getting such fanfare. Zotac should do more marketing IMO. This is a great solution as a simple...

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Great value for a secondary system.


I picked the AD12-PLUS-U -- this system, with a pre-installed 320GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM -- on a whim at a brick and mortar store. I planned to use it as an extended Media Center. I installed Windows 8, Windows Media Center, and the drivers for my...

Capable of streaming HD media from a SiliconDust HDHomerun PRIME to VLC or Windows Media Center (for Windows 8) over wi-fi ; Surprisingly-strong performance for an APU system -- even with low-end, low-capacity RAM and a 5400 RPM hard drive ; Great,...

Louder than expected. The fan isn't loud, but it's constant and more noticeable than I hope it would be ; As powerful as it is for an APU system, it's still a little slow compared to a modern, low-end desktop system

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Perfect HTPC!


I bought this bare-bones system + the cheapest SSD drive + 8GB stick of ram. Loaded it with OpenELEC-XBMC and it boots from a cold start in 18 seconds! Streams 1080p Blu-ray movies (MKV) perfectly!

This is the PERFECT HTPC if you want to stream movies to your TV. Small but VERY powerful ; Small form factor; 5"x5 ; Dual core AMD ; TONS of USB 2.0/3.0 ports ; HDMI and Display Port ; Gig NIC + WiFi ; Easy to open ; You can turn off the green circle...

I wish the optical audio port wasn't in the front. I don't use it but if I did, it would look ugly ; eSATA port isn't a multiplier so it only supports 1 eSATA device.... sad


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 HD7340
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic


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