Zotac has really put together a good all-in-one system with the ZBOX HD-AD02 plus. All you really need to purchase after getting the system is the operating system and possibly a USB CD-ROM drive. The unit is nice and compact and can fit pretty much anywhere. The vertical stand allows you to stand the unit up, but also Zotac includes a VESA mount so you can install it on the back of your display for a truly all-in-one system.
For the home theater PC crowd the ZBOX HD-AD02 is a great choice, not only is it small it has everything you need to get it setup in your home theater. It has an HDMI connection so you can easily connect it to your TV. It also has optical out for great audio. The included 250GB hard drive may not be enough space but that can always be upgraded. You also have 4 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA port for expansion. The system is capable of easily playing both 720p and 1080p media without any issues.
If you are looking for this to be a desktop replacement it may be the right thing for you if you are not doing anything that intensive. This system would be perfect for an Internet machine, something you use to surf the web and do small tasks with. A perfect first PC for children.
This system is in no way a gaming machine, it is not made for that, but you will be able to play older games on it like Counter-Strike: Source at lower settings. This makes it great since many games are based on the Source engine.
Right now you can pick up the ZBOX HD-AD02 Plus for $319 at my favorite online retailer. This is a great price for this little system. The bare-bones version (HD-AD02) is only $249, which does not come with a hard drive or memory. I would suggest getting the bare-bones version if you need a larger hard drive or would want me memory. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Zotac ZBOX HD-AD02 Plus All-in-One PC a 10 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award.
– Small form factor
– VESA mount included
– Great performance
– HDMI and Optical out
– 6 total USB ports
– None that I found