Looking to add a Media Center in your home?
I’ve been reviewing these little HTPC boxes from Zotac for a while now and every few months, a new model lands on our desk. These pizza box shaped computers are targeted towards the home theater enthusiast and, honestly, if the model from last year played full HD 1080p movies just fine, is there a need for a a newer model? Thats what we’re here to find out today with the Zotac Zbox ID-80 Plus.
Packaged in the very familiar box that we have seen with most Zbox PCs of late, the ID-80 comes with the usual power charger and VESA mounting kit that can be attached to the back of your PC to completely hide the computer. Also finally included is an iR receiver and remote- something I’ve been asking Zotac to do through my reviews for quite a while. One thing that I would like them to change is to provide all the drivers and applications on a USB key instead of a CD as some of the Z-BOX PCs, including this one, don’t have an optical drive.
Coming to the design, the ZBOX ID-80 looks pretty much like most of the older ZBOX models that I have reviewed- which is not abad thing. The square shaped flat PC is fairly simple looking with a shiny black finish. The look for ZBOX is getting a bit old but I can understand why Zotac hasn’t focused much on the looks because it comes with a VESA mounting kit which means that it might even be totally hidden from the user.
On the front side, you have audio ports along with an SD card reader, a USB port and the power button with Wi-Fi and Hard Drive LEDs. The top side has another USB 2.0 port while the back features connectors for power, a Wi-Fi antenna, wired LAN, two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports as well as HDMI, DVI and Optical S/PDIF outputs.