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Zotac ZBOX ID-80 Plus HTPC Review

By on January 29, 2012
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Looking to add a Media Center in your home?

Good: Complete HTPC System with iR Receiver, USB 3.0 and Noise free
Bad: Slow Hard Drive, Not fast for use as a regular PC
Price: AED 950
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

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.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

Comments
  • Taranath

    I Appreciate your straight forward review with a bench mark added to it and the market price here in Dubai. Well done and bring more reviews of this small form factor PCs,
    Taru

  • Wissam

    Where I can see or buy the unit in UAE

  • Prats

    Чим відрізняється модель Zotac ZBOX (ZBOX-ID80-E) від Zotac ZBOX (ZBOX-ID80-U) та чи підтримує якась із моделей 8 GB оперативної пам’яті?
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    How is the model Zotac ZBOX (ZBOX-ID80-E) from Zotac ZBOX (ZBOX-ID80-U) and whether the kind of model 8 GB of RAM?

  • john

    can u please tell us where u bought this one here in UAE?.

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