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alaScore 83

49 reviews

Jan, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 reviews of Zotac ZBOX NANO AD12. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and design. The size and usability also get good comments. Many are less positive 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 83/100 = 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 Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The price and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design


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

Jan, 2020

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.

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.

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Feb, 2013


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

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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

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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

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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

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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....

Jan, 2014

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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

Nov, 2013

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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

Jul, 2013

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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

May, 2013

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