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Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520
alaScore 91

25 reviews

Jan, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and size are on the whole positive. The price and usability are also appreciated.

design, usability, price, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Views about the price and reliability are on the whole positive. The size and design also get good feedback.

usability, design, size, reliability, price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Zotac PC Mini Barebone System ZBOX-OI520-UZotac PC Mini Barebone System ZBOX-OI520-U

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 Plus

 

The Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 Plus is an ultra-small desktop PC with an attractively small price, and a design that will turn heads.

Unique design is both futuristic and funky. Easy interior access. Compact chassis works for either desktop or home entertainment use. HDMI and DisplayPort with up to 4K output. Low price.

Operating system sold separately.

Conclusion If you want a small PC for entertainment and home use, but prefer something a little more eye-catching than the typical black-box designs of so many ultra-small-form-factor desktops, the Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 Plus fits the bill. The round...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Matthew Elliott (computershopper.com)

Zotac Zbox Sphere OI520 Plus Review and Ratings

 

Whimsical and spherical, this unique micro-PC lets you let your geek flag fly. Plus, our preconfigured test model delivered decent performance for productivity and light media creation.

Funky, different design ; Runs quietly ; Easy-to-access internals ; Loads of ports for its size

Chassis is a fingerprint magnet

If you'll pardon the faint pun, as mini-PCs go, the Zotac Zbox Sphere breaks out of the box. If you are shopping for a micro-PC and don’t need to or want to hide it, this is one system that is sure to garner attention, taking the typical compact...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Orestis Bastounis (techradar.com)

Zotac ZBox Sphere Oi520 Series review

 

Zotac thinks outside the box with a spherical mini PC

Smart looking device ; Solid performer ; Plenty of ports ; Nicely priced

Fragile build quality ; Slight lid design issue ; Not exactly a powerhouse

The ZBox Sphere isn't a supercomputer, games console or workstation, but it works well for all basic computer tasks and media playback. For £300, that's enough for us.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Nimish Sawant (tech.firstpost.com)

ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus review: New wine in a brand new bottle - Tech2

 

We take a look at ZOTAC's first ZBOX small form factor PC with a semi-circular shape. The Sphere OI520 houses a 4th gen Intel Core i5 processor inside.

ZOTAC has priced the ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus model at Rs 32,219 whereas the non-Plus ZBOX Sphere OI520 (without the HDD and RAM) will come to around Rs 29,999. Unlike its previous offerings, the ZBOX Sphere OI520 has decent pricing for its performance...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: (stuff.tv)

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 review

 

Is Zotac's distinctive Zbox Sphere mini-PC a well-rounded computing experience or just a load of old balls?

Unique design ; Whisper quiet ; Easy to upgrade

Not very gamey ; Pricey compared to other options

The performance isn’t out of this world, but Zotac’s globular take on the mini PC is still a spherical spectacle

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Zotac ZBox Sphere OI520 Plus review

 

A capable media centre PC with an eye-catching design that can play Ultra HD video

Otherwise, the ZBox Sphere OI520 is a good choice if you’re taken by the unique design and don’t want to spend a lot on a PC. It runs almost silently, generates very little heat and is impressively well put together. However, we’d probably go for the...

Expert review by: Mithun Mohandas (digit.in)

Zotac ZBOX OI520 Plus

 

Zotac's odd-ball is refreshing

Intel Core i5 ; 500GB HDD ; Nicely designed

Only one RAM DIMM

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: (gadgets.ndtv.com)

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 Plus Review: The Oddball PC

 

Unique look Good performance Easy to access and upgrade RAM, storage and PCIe card

No OS included Distracting LED ring can't be controlled

The ZBOX Sphere is by no means an unobtrusive device - the glowing blue ring around its equator pretty much rules out keeping it in a bedroom or sitting it on a TV stand to serve as an HTPC. This is a showpiece and you'll have to treat it as such....

Product Specifications

Audio

Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y

Design

Chassis type:Nettop / Small Desktop
Color of product:Black
Placement supported:Horizontal
Product type:Mini PC
Water cooling system:N

Expansion Slots

PCI Express slots version:2.0

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA16
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4400

Memory

Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout:2 x 2 / 4 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2 / 4 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Motherboard

Processor socket:BGA1168

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Hard Drive Size:2.5
Number of processors installed:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Drivers included: Yes
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included: No

Packaging Data

Package depth:7.6
Package height:7.72
Package width:9.69

Performance

Product type:Mini PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
Total number of SATA connectors:4
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x4, 2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:i5-4200U
Processor boost frequency:2.6
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5
Processor frequency:1.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4200U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75459
Processor code:SR170
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Software

Operating system installed: No

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Optical Drive Type: No
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.06
Height:6.34
Package depth:7.6
Package height:7.72
Package width:9.69
Width:6.06