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Zotac ZBOX ID42 Plus

Zotac  ZBOX ID42 Plus
alaScore 85

21 reviews

Feb, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews of Zotac ZBOX ID42 Plus. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the size and reliability. The design and usability are also appreciated.

price, usability, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Zotac ZBOX ID42 Plus is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Matthew Lambert (

Zotac Zbox ID42 Plus review


Zotac's new tiny HTPC crams in a Celeron CPU, Nvidia GPU and a 500GB HDD. Will it play nice?

We want to like the Zbox ID42 Plus, as it does almost everything it's designed to do rather well. Its design means it would look at home underneath most modern flatscreens, and its impressive array of connections and smooth HD video playback makes it...

Feb, 2013

Consumer review (

Wonderful little box


My only regret was that I didn't buy 2 or 3 at the price it was offered. I'd love to have one as a set-top box in the living room.

Quiet, cool and does what I ask of it. Bought this machine for a Linux install to act as the router/firewall for my home network. Also serves as a media server, file server and secondary browsing machine. Clearly its no gaming rig but for what I have...

It is not a fanless case so at some point I know the fan that is in it will give out.

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (

Looks like they have a problem with power supplies..


Put the voltmeter on the power supply output and it read 0 volts. No wonder the power button doesn't work... To Kevin with Zotac, I'd like to talk with you..

None since it won't power on.

Like the other reviewer, my power supply was DOA.

Sep, 2015

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Received my replacement today (original power adapter was DOA). Works great, installed Windows 8 in under an hour. Display switches quickly between Windows 8 native 'Start' and the more familiar Desktop view once the video card driver is installed. The...

No cons as of now.

Aug, 2015

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Received my replacement today (original power adapter was DOA). Works great, installed Windows 8 in under an hour. Display switches quickly between Windows 8 native 'Start' and the more familiar Desktop view once the video card driver is installed. The...

No cons as of now

Aug, 2015

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Like fish at Al's Diner, Not So Good!


Hopefully Zotac will just send me another power supply without needing me to RMA this entire unit...

It looks pretty on my desk. It would be a great value, if...

Power supply DOA. Was ready to install Windows 8, and it will not power up. Checked output with a volt meter, no volts.

Aug, 2015

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Zotac ZBOX-ID42 Barebone


Amazing little thing for that price it came with lots more than was mentioned in description two ethernet ports media centre remote control bluetooth wifi two usb 3.0 ports.

no optical drive

May, 2014

Consumer review (

Zotac ZBOX-ID42 Barebone


Great compact design, very powerfull graphics card. Work well with OpenElec XBMC. All remote buttons work well, even has a soft power off and on.

Not totaly sillent like some of the other ZBoxes, but still very quiet.

Apr, 2013

Consumer review (

Zotac ZBOX-ID42 Barebone


Just the perfect option for a HTPC (virtually silent with an SSD), it even came with an IR remote. Far exceeded my expectations following some problems on forums - principally the ID42 just dying out of the blue. It's handled absolutely everything I've...

Some could argue that it's a tad expensive for essentially a media player - I'm happy to pay this premium and it's actually good value for money in the expensive HTPC market.

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Color of product:Black / Black, White


Discrete graphics adapter memory:512
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 610
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):800
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics


Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1333
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


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
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Handheld remote control: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Windows keys: No

Packaging Data

Package depth:2.91
Package height:9.65
Package width:13.3


Chipset:Intel NM70 Express
Motherboard chipset:Intel NM70 Express
Product type:Mini PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:2
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: Yes
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):11
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L3
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Celeron®
Processor frequency:1.1
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:847
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Celeron Processor 800 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:2
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
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: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:56056
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.x
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Operating system installed: No


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
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:2.01 / 7.4
Height:2.01 / 7.4
Package depth:2.91
Package height:9.65
Package width:13.3