• ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
  • ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
  • ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
  • ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
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  • ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B
ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B

ZOTAC ZBOX BI325 Windows 10 Home Mini PC ZBOX-BI325-U-W2B

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  • Full Windows 10 home desktop PC out of the box
  • 32GB onboard storage, 4GB DDR Memory (one Slot Occupied, up to 8GB)
  • Intel N3160 (Quad-Core, 1.6 GHz up to 2.24 GHz)
  • Power efficient Mini PC
  • Up to 3 Display output (DP,HDMI & VGA)

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so that was nice. I added a 2TB HDD as well as ... I bought this for use as an HTPC primarily running Kodi. It works very well in this application. I chose to leave Windows 8.1 in tact, so I run Kodi through Windows which has been working excellently! I did have a problem adding a HDD, but it was user error. I contacted Zotac and they were very responsive. I had actually figured it out on my own between the time I contacted them and when they got back to me, but they seemed eager to help, so that was nice. I added a 2TB HDD as well as another 2GB of RAM. The system boots very quickly via the mSata drive, though the initial Windows updates took a very long time and I had to run them several times to make sure everything was up to speed. It does have a fan, but I can't hear it. When I was preparing the system for install and had it on my desk I put my ear up to the vents and I could hear it but from a normal seating position, not a hint of noise, and in an HT forget it...Plenty of USB ports, an mSata drive and room for an additional drive, either SSD or HDD...these are the reasons I bought this unit over others of a similar price/performance.I think for the money, it's a decent deal. I'd love for Zotac to come out with a box in the configuration and include a core i3 or i5 though.I paid full price for mine, but from what I've read, these can be purchased for $140-$160 when on sale. I'm just not patient enough to wait for that. 5One of the BEST VALUES in mini-PC Computing Products, and an EXCEPTIONAL Performer (read more)... This is without a doubt one of the best computing products I've bought in years. I use it primarily as a media playback device, attached to a large screen flat panel display. It plays everything in my video archives, including high-bandwidth 1080p media, without dropping a single frame (I use VLC media player primarily).Based on other online recommendations, I added an extra 4GB of Crucial PC3-12000 DDR3 RAM, rounding out the total installed memory to 6GB. The included 64GB SSD came preloaded with Windows 8.1 (and Bing), along with a few other things, leaving about 30 GB for installing other apps. There is a spare slot in the unit for a 2.5-inch SATA drive, which I have not filled.At $159 (the price I paid at the time), I was a little skeptical about the true level of performance I should expect. But this thing has exceeded my expectations in every respect. After a few days of use, I was so happy that I wanted to order a few more, but within just those few days the price skyrocketed. I'm not sure how Amazon got such an extraordinary price (manufacturer closeout or inventory reduction?), but if these ever come back at this price I'm going to grab a few more.Kudos to Zotac for delivering a truly solid mini-PC at such an incredible price.Mindflyer- 5What a great little computer, and what a great deal! I upgraded the RAM in mine to 4GB and added a 1 TB drive for extra, shared Storage, and in real happy. The first time I played full screen video it was a little choppy and the processor was completely maxed out. I downloaded the MS driver updates for everything on the PC and video performance went to about what I expected. My main concern was the NIC, but it seems fine, at least under Windows. I've done sustained transfers around 20 megabytes per second. (Not bits. Bytes. Measured by the application, not perfmon.) Not maxing out a 1 GB link, but it was going from a 802.11n wireless client, so that's about as expected. It's in the living room, with their home theater stuff, and I haven't heard the fan yet, though I have felt for warm air, and it is running. Nice and quiet.Update, July 2015: I still love it. I bought a second one to upgrade to 16GB and run as a hypervisor so I can have a couple of utility machines. I'll update this again once that's been up and running for a while. My ONLY complaint is a tiny one: When the PC is off, the power button glows red, and is a little on the bright side. That's the worst thing I have to say about it. In the Windows machine, I now have the 64GB SSD and a 1TB hybrid drive, where I mostly keep backups and media, which are then again backed up to another PC on a 2TB drive. There are 2TB 2.5" drives, and I don't need the hybrid speed here, so I may move the 1TB to my new laptop and add a 2TB so all my backups can be stored in two locations. Having the 2.5" slot in the mini PC in addition to the mSATA SSD slot is even more useful than I thought. Speaking of which, I did void the warranty on one of the machines and pulled the mobo to access the SSD. It was easy, and it looks like it'll be a cinch to upgrade it. 5Highly recommend--But, if you're sticking with Windows 10, don't bother with the 32GB version, go straight for the 64GB version The ZBox is quite awesome! The one thing that would knock it down a few stars would be that with the 32GB version of this and Windows 10 installed, there is not enough hard drive space to install the big packaged updates to Windows 10, so you're stuck on an older version of Windows 10. I wanted to use Ubuntu on this, but figured I'd try to see how far along I could push this with Windows 10, and it didn't make it too far.I am using this computer as a host server for the other devices I have: XBox 360, XBox One, laptop, desktop, and smart phone. I added an internal hard drive to store additional files, also; I'll probably add more memory to it as well in the future to give it a little more processing power. With it, I have a small render farm being controlled from this computer, and music, photos, videos, and my software installs shared with other computers over the network. I cannot be happier with this! 5Perfect every day PC I'm a huge fan of this PC. Setup was simple, I chose to do a fresh Windows8 install (very easy to do from settings menu). I then added a 750GB drive in the extra SATA slot (which is a huge bonus). Now I've got my O/S running on the 64GB SSD (50% free space), and all of my music, pictures, documents on the 750GB drive. Computer is whisper quiet, I don't think I've heard the fan kick on yet to be honest.I am using just the installed 2GB of RAM, and it seems to run fine with it. Right now I have 6 Chrome tabs open as well as iTunes. It's nice knowing that there are two DIMM slots, so I can always bump the RAM up if needed.I got this at $199, but I've seen it go lower, it should be a no brainer if you're wanting a compact PC. 4x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, SPDIF out, nice onboard audio DAC, plenty of ports/connections.I think my favorite thing is boot up time, I think I've clocked it at around 10 seconds, which is ridiculous. This thing blows away any past PC I've had. 5Runs opensuse Leap 42.2 Just got this little PC as a possible desktop replacement. After installing 4Gb ram and a 120Gb SSD I easily loaded up opensuse Leap 42.2 Linux on it from a USB thumbdrive. I did have to enter the BIOS (Del) and change the Boot mode to legacy instead of the Win8. I also used F8 to choose the USB key. Suse configured the wireless easily once I had selected WPS-PSK for mode and gave the P/W. So far it seems to work good after doing all the tweeks for personal preference.Don't mistake this mini pc for a high power gaming machine or workstation however. It is a adequate Internet appliance.Note: This review is for the BI325 Barebones (No OS, harddrive or memory). I see that there are several different boxes being reviewed her and that may cause confusion. Amazon should attempt to clear up having reviews for items out of date or of different model numbers. 4Excellent pc for light usage I bought this to replace my wife's rather ancient laptop that was giving up the ghost (we were using it with an external monitor and keyboard). She uses it for surfing the web, watching video (streaming from the web or home video stored on the pc), light editing of photos (mostly cropping) and basic word processing/spreadsheets (I loaded an older version of Office that I own).For this type of use, this is a great pc. Setup was quick and painless and we've had no problems so far, although it's only been a couple of weeks.Pros- Virtually silent. My wife has yet to hear the fan come on. Or if it has, she can't hear it.- Quick. It boots up in about 8 seconds. Programs load in just a few seconds. The SSD helps make things very snappy.- Plenty of USB3 ports (although I'd have liked to have one in the front, rather than all 4 being in the back.) The front USB port is USB2- Tiny. Fits in a little cubby in her desk organizer.- Complete pc. I was looking at several bare bones kits, but this is ready to go out of the box. No need to buy (and install) memory, hard drive or OS.Cons/things to be aware of.- Not powerful. Quick does not necessarily mean powerful. I don't think you'd want this if you wanted to play games on it or do heavy photo/video editing.- Only 64 GB of storage on the SSD. You can always add an external drive or inexpensive flash drive to increase storage if you need to.- No WIFI. If you need WIFI, be sure to buy a USB WIFI adapter.I didn't subtract anything from my rating over the listed cons because they don't impact us in any way.Overall, this is a perfect pc for what we use it for. 5wish I had found this before purchasing 2 mini boxes I had to return! I had bad luck with 2 mini boxes that I purchased using the Intel Cherry Trail processor with integrated graphics. First one, a Minix, received 3 graphics driver updates in a weeks time. There were 3 yellow exclamation marks on graphics lines in the device manager and it appeared to need a new driver to fix it. I backed up the old drivers, just in case. The last update left the box dead. Wouldn't even try to boot to the BIOS. Searched the web and the Minix forum, but found no joy on what to do when the power light is pale green instead of vibrant blue. Using the reset was the only option and if it doesn't work, basically you're screwed! Get a new box. Second purchase (what was I thinking!), a Nexbox with the same Cherry Trail processor with integrated graphics. It arrived DOA. No idea what the problem was with it.So, I decided to go a completely different route this time. Wanted a different processor. I got the barebones box because I hate Windows Home and didn't want to fool with it. The open box price was great. I have my old SATA hdd from my ASUS laptop and I can install the OS I want and have the amount of RAM I need. Amazing, the ZBox can use up to 16gb!As everyone says, it's as quiet as a church mouse. I have a performance monitor for the motherboard and the temps don't fluctuate much (all fahrenheit): cpu 244, gpu 242 and main board 222, the fan is spinning away at over 2500 rpm (with variance at higher rpm's).Had some issues with the internet dropping. And the simple solution for me was moving the ZBox closer to the router and repositioning the antenna. The change in distance is little more than 3 feet. I wouldn't have thought that short a distance would make a difference, but it did.Installing the RAM and SATA hdd was easy. One little problem, Amazon sent the wrong ram. I ordered 8gb and they sent 4gb. New ram will be here later today (April 28th) and until it gets here I'm using the 4gb. Runs great with 4gb. I'll get to see if there's any difference when the 8gb arrives. And I can report the difference is negligible. You can't have too much ram, but you can have too little. Just depends on how you're going to use the ZBox, 4gb may be just fine for you.The UEFI/BIOS is robust. Not going to try overclocking the ZBox, but looks like the settings are there if you have the courage to try it. I use to do such things, but with a quad core, and so much ram available, I see no reason to try it. And after installing CPUID, I'm amazed, thrilled and delighted to report the cpu is running as fast as it can. CPUID reports a core speed of 2239-2241 mhz and change! I was not expecting that! The Minix pc I had to return ran at the lowest speed available. [EDIT: During an update where MS wants to finish the updates during a re-boot, CPUZ 1.37 caused a BSOD and trashed the ZBox. No way to boot up or get into BIOS. I tried everything, but another update kills my pc. Ordering another one of these. Not the pc's fault. Setting updates NOT to update.]Boot up is slow. The reason it's so slow is a pause during boot to give you a change to press the delete key (to enter BIOS) or F8 (for more boot options). I'm amazed the F8 option is there. You can probably change that in the BIOS, but I'm content to have those options there and I'll put up with the longer boot up time.Never seen a USB and sd card reader using the same access point. A great idea and it's no problem to use. It gives us another 3.0 port and it's a space saver on the motherboard. Ordered a hub that uses the 3.0 USB-type C port putting it to good use. So many 3.0 USB ports available. It's one of the reasons I picked it.I purchased a new 3.0 USB thumb drive with new class 10 micro sd cards. Couldn't get the UEFI/BIOS to see them. And when it could see them, it couldn't see my SATA hdd. After playing around with the UEFI/BIOS settings trying to get all drives to play nice, I decided to take out the motherboard battery to rest everything back to factory default settings. I decided to reformat the hdd, delete the partitions and rebuild mbr. Then everything was seen in UEFI/BIOS.I include the following info in case someone else has the same Windows installation problem with their barebones purchase. After searching the web, I find I'm not the only one to have the problem with Windows returning an error msg that it can't install on the selected partition. Found lots of bad and useless information about why this error msg is received and what can and can't be done about it. I found the simple solution on a youtube video. The install went smoothly by following the instructions on how to change mbr to gpt during the Windows 10 install. Setting the hard drive to gpt first didn't work. Had to start out mbr and be changed during the install. That's the way it was for me anyway.Video plays as expected, no problems there. Mouse and keyboard recognized immediately during Windows install.Amazon customer service has been great through all the problems, with the Minix box dying and the Nexbox arriving DOA. First one I purchased was received April 5th and I just received the ZBox on April 26th. What a month, less than a month!I was surprised and thrilled Customer Service sent the 8gb ram stick before I returned the 4gb one I received. Many thanks to them for that. And thanks for refunding the expedited shipping charges for the second purchase of this item! Pray you never get the BSOD during updates!I'm very impressed with the ZBox and wish I had found it before I purchased those other boxes. As you can well imagine! 5Perfect For General Computing This is an impressive little box, perfect for basic computing (pleasantly surprising, given its cost). Windows 8.1 comes preinstalled, so there's only a simple setup process to walk through, acknowledging the license agreement, creating a user account (or tying in to your Microsoft account), etc. An initial Windows Update pass takes about an hour to complete, after that it's ready. There's no bloatware installed that I've run across, just the basic Windows stuff, including Microsoft Defender. Obviously Microsoft Office is not included.It's not apparent from the description, but the USB 3.0 ports are all on the back of the unit; both the front-facing and the up-facing (?) ports are USB 2.0. HDMI out works fine for video, though I can't vouch for the HDMI audio. The ZBOX ships with a reinstallation DVD (a nice feature) and a disc containing Windows 7 and Windows 8 drivers. I haven't tried installing Windows 7 (yet). The only issue I've seen so far is the video driver failed (and recovered) once; that may have been caused by Windows Update installing a newer driver.The box is almost silent: if I put my ear up to it (mounted vertically, as suggested) I can make out some fan noise, but take just a step back and it's gone. The included 64GB SSD (maybe about two-thirds free after installation) is, of course, silent (and fast).I'm undecided on installing more than the included 2GB RAM. I'll install Office and see how well it performs with basic productivity tasks before I upgrade. Zotac provides on their website a list of approved memory sticks (look for Tested memory list under Miscellaneous downloads), at least one of the 4GB ones fulfilled by Amazon (Samsung M471B5273CH0-CH9) for $46.EDIT: As a commenter noted, the BI320 ships with a single 2GB RAM, rather than (2) 1GB SODIMMs. The standard configuration (2GB) works fine for me running standard Windows 7 and Office 2013, so I'm leaving the memory as-is. Also, it's not obvious from the specs, there is room and a slot to install another SATA drive in the box (separate from the mSATA boot device). A small clamp fixes the drive in place.One final note: Windows 7 installs fine using the provided drivers. In fact, oddly enough, the output going to my flat panel display looks noticeably clearer than under Windows 8. There was one hiccup with the USB 3.0 driver: installing the driver package disables all the USB ports, rendering the machine unusable. You have to manually install the driver alone (by finding the USB 3.0 hub in Device Manager and directing Windows to the saved driver). After that it works very well. Typical idle power consumption (as measured by a Kill A Watt) is around 5W, and I've seen it go no higher than around 18W in heavy use. 4Great for general purpose and HTPC Popped in SSD and 4 gig RAM. Set to legacy mode to boot off OS on USB drive and I was off and running. Loaded old evaluation copy of win 8.1 pro, no issues. Time to get a copy of win10 and put it in service. Speed and performance of this box is typical of other SoC based minis. Case is a bit flimsy but is ok once the side is snapped on. There is a processor fan but it is basically silent. I can only hear a slight fan noise only if I put my ear right up to the side of the PC case. Overall, more machine than I can use for surfing, watching videos on home net and streaming off internet. I had memory and SSD laying around, so I have a very cheap PC. Otherwise buy this with 32GB SSD, 4 GB ram and win10 installed and it is a heck of a deal. 5
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so that was nice. I added a 2TB HDD as well as ... I bought this for use as an HTPC primarily running Kodi. It works very well in this application. I chose to leave Windows 8.1 in tact, so I run Kodi through Windows which has been working excellently! I did have a problem adding a HDD, but it was user error. I contacted Zotac and they were very responsive. I had actually figured it out on my own between the time I contacted them and when they got back to me, but they seemed eager to help, so that was nice. I added a 2TB HDD as well as another 2GB of RAM. The system boots very quickly via the mSata drive, though the initial Windows updates took a very long time and I had to run them several times to make sure everything was up to speed. It does have a fan, but I can't hear it. When I was preparing the system for install and had it on my desk I put my ear up to the vents and I could hear it but from a normal seating position, not a hint of noise, and in an HT forget it...Plenty of USB ports, an mSata drive and room for an additional drive, either SSD or HDD...these are the reasons I bought this unit over others of a similar price/performance.I think for the money, it's a decent deal. I'd love for Zotac to come out with a box in the configuration and include a core i3 or i5 though.I paid full price for mine, but from what I've read, these can be purchased for $140-$160 when on sale. I'm just not patient enough to wait for that. 5One of the BEST VALUES in mini-PC Computing Products, and an EXCEPTIONAL Performer (read more)... This is without a doubt one of the best computing products I've bought in years. I use it primarily as a media playback device, attached to a large screen flat panel display. It plays everything in my video archives, including high-bandwidth 1080p media, without dropping a single frame (I use VLC media player primarily).Based on other online recommendations, I added an extra 4GB of Crucial PC3-12000 DDR3 RAM, rounding out the total installed memory to 6GB. The included 64GB SSD came preloaded with Windows 8.1 (and Bing), along with a few other things, leaving about 30 GB for installing other apps. There is a spare slot in the unit for a 2.5-inch SATA drive, which I have not filled.At $159 (the price I paid at the time), I was a little skeptical about the true level of performance I should expect. But this thing has exceeded my expectations in every respect. After a few days of use, I was so happy that I wanted to order a few more, but within just those few days the price skyrocketed. I'm not sure how Amazon got such an extraordinary price (manufacturer closeout or inventory reduction?), but if these ever come back at this price I'm going to grab a few more.Kudos to Zotac for delivering a truly solid mini-PC at such an incredible price.Mindflyer- 5What a great little computer, and what a great deal! I upgraded the RAM in mine to 4GB and added a 1 TB drive for extra, shared Storage, and in real happy. The first time I played full screen video it was a little choppy and the processor was completely maxed out. I downloaded the MS driver updates for everything on the PC and video performance went to about what I expected. My main concern was the NIC, but it seems fine, at least under Windows. I've done sustained transfers around 20 megabytes per second. (Not bits. Bytes. Measured by the application, not perfmon.) Not maxing out a 1 GB link, but it was going from a 802.11n wireless client, so that's about as expected. It's in the living room, with their home theater stuff, and I haven't heard the fan yet, though I have felt for warm air, and it is running. Nice and quiet.Update, July 2015: I still love it. I bought a second one to upgrade to 16GB and run as a hypervisor so I can have a couple of utility machines. I'll update this again once that's been up and running for a while. My ONLY complaint is a tiny one: When the PC is off, the power button glows red, and is a little on the bright side. That's the worst thing I have to say about it. In the Windows machine, I now have the 64GB SSD and a 1TB hybrid drive, where I mostly keep backups and media, which are then again backed up to another PC on a 2TB drive. There are 2TB 2.5" drives, and I don't need the hybrid speed here, so I may move the 1TB to my new laptop and add a 2TB so all my backups can be stored in two locations. Having the 2.5" slot in the mini PC in addition to the mSATA SSD slot is even more useful than I thought. Speaking of which, I did void the warranty on one of the machines and pulled the mobo to access the SSD. It was easy, and it looks like it'll be a cinch to upgrade it. 5Highly recommend--But, if you're sticking with Windows 10, don't bother with the 32GB version, go straight for the 64GB version The ZBox is quite awesome! The one thing that would knock it down a few stars would be that with the 32GB version of this and Windows 10 installed, there is not enough hard drive space to install the big packaged updates to Windows 10, so you're stuck on an older version of Windows 10. I wanted to use Ubuntu on this, but figured I'd try to see how far along I could push this with Windows 10, and it didn't make it too far.I am using this computer as a host server for the other devices I have: XBox 360, XBox One, laptop, desktop, and smart phone. I added an internal hard drive to store additional files, also; I'll probably add more memory to it as well in the future to give it a little more processing power. With it, I have a small render farm being controlled from this computer, and music, photos, videos, and my software installs shared with other computers over the network. I cannot be happier with this! 5Perfect every day PC I'm a huge fan of this PC. Setup was simple, I chose to do a fresh Windows8 install (very easy to do from settings menu). I then added a 750GB drive in the extra SATA slot (which is a huge bonus). Now I've got my O/S running on the 64GB SSD (50% free space), and all of my music, pictures, documents on the 750GB drive. Computer is whisper quiet, I don't think I've heard the fan kick on yet to be honest.I am using just the installed 2GB of RAM, and it seems to run fine with it. Right now I have 6 Chrome tabs open as well as iTunes. It's nice knowing that there are two DIMM slots, so I can always bump the RAM up if needed.I got this at $199, but I've seen it go lower, it should be a no brainer if you're wanting a compact PC. 4x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, SPDIF out, nice onboard audio DAC, plenty of ports/connections.I think my favorite thing is boot up time, I think I've clocked it at around 10 seconds, which is ridiculous. This thing blows away any past PC I've had. 5Runs opensuse Leap 42.2 Just got this little PC as a possible desktop replacement. After installing 4Gb ram and a 120Gb SSD I easily loaded up opensuse Leap 42.2 Linux on it from a USB thumbdrive. I did have to enter the BIOS (Del) and change the Boot mode to legacy instead of the Win8. I also used F8 to choose the USB key. Suse configured the wireless easily once I had selected WPS-PSK for mode and gave the P/W. So far it seems to work good after doing all the tweeks for personal preference.Don't mistake this mini pc for a high power gaming machine or workstation however. It is a adequate Internet appliance.Note: This review is for the BI325 Barebones (No OS, harddrive or memory). I see that there are several different boxes being reviewed her and that may cause confusion. Amazon should attempt to clear up having reviews for items out of date or of different model numbers. 4Excellent pc for light usage I bought this to replace my wife's rather ancient laptop that was giving up the ghost (we were using it with an external monitor and keyboard). She uses it for surfing the web, watching video (streaming from the web or home video stored on the pc), light editing of photos (mostly cropping) and basic word processing/spreadsheets (I loaded an older version of Office that I own).For this type of use, this is a great pc. Setup was quick and painless and we've had no problems so far, although it's only been a couple of weeks.Pros- Virtually silent. My wife has yet to hear the fan come on. Or if it has, she can't hear it.- Quick. It boots up in about 8 seconds. Programs load in just a few seconds. The SSD helps make things very snappy.- Plenty of USB3 ports (although I'd have liked to have one in the front, rather than all 4 being in the back.) The front USB port is USB2- Tiny. Fits in a little cubby in her desk organizer.- Complete pc. I was looking at several bare bones kits, but this is ready to go out of the box. No need to buy (and install) memory, hard drive or OS.Cons/things to be aware of.- Not powerful. Quick does not necessarily mean powerful. I don't think you'd want this if you wanted to play games on it or do heavy photo/video editing.- Only 64 GB of storage on the SSD. You can always add an external drive or inexpensive flash drive to increase storage if you need to.- No WIFI. If you need WIFI, be sure to buy a USB WIFI adapter.I didn't subtract anything from my rating over the listed cons because they don't impact us in any way.Overall, this is a perfect pc for what we use it for. 5wish I had found this before purchasing 2 mini boxes I had to return! I had bad luck with 2 mini boxes that I purchased using the Intel Cherry Trail processor with integrated graphics. First one, a Minix, received 3 graphics driver updates in a weeks time. There were 3 yellow exclamation marks on graphics lines in the device manager and it appeared to need a new driver to fix it. I backed up the old drivers, just in case. The last update left the box dead. Wouldn't even try to boot to the BIOS. Searched the web and the Minix forum, but found no joy on what to do when the power light is pale green instead of vibrant blue. Using the reset was the only option and if it doesn't work, basically you're screwed! Get a new box. Second purchase (what was I thinking!), a Nexbox with the same Cherry Trail processor with integrated graphics. It arrived DOA. No idea what the problem was with it.So, I decided to go a completely different route this time. Wanted a different processor. I got the barebones box because I hate Windows Home and didn't want to fool with it. The open box price was great. I have my old SATA hdd from my ASUS laptop and I can install the OS I want and have the amount of RAM I need. Amazing, the ZBox can use up to 16gb!As everyone says, it's as quiet as a church mouse. I have a performance monitor for the motherboard and the temps don't fluctuate much (all fahrenheit): cpu 244, gpu 242 and main board 222, the fan is spinning away at over 2500 rpm (with variance at higher rpm's).Had some issues with the internet dropping. And the simple solution for me was moving the ZBox closer to the router and repositioning the antenna. The change in distance is little more than 3 feet. I wouldn't have thought that short a distance would make a difference, but it did.Installing the RAM and SATA hdd was easy. One little problem, Amazon sent the wrong ram. I ordered 8gb and they sent 4gb. New ram will be here later today (April 28th) and until it gets here I'm using the 4gb. Runs great with 4gb. I'll get to see if there's any difference when the 8gb arrives. And I can report the difference is negligible. You can't have too much ram, but you can have too little. Just depends on how you're going to use the ZBox, 4gb may be just fine for you.The UEFI/BIOS is robust. Not going to try overclocking the ZBox, but looks like the settings are there if you have the courage to try it. I use to do such things, but with a quad core, and so much ram available, I see no reason to try it. And after installing CPUID, I'm amazed, thrilled and delighted to report the cpu is running as fast as it can. CPUID reports a core speed of 2239-2241 mhz and change! I was not expecting that! The Minix pc I had to return ran at the lowest speed available. [EDIT: During an update where MS wants to finish the updates during a re-boot, CPUZ 1.37 caused a BSOD and trashed the ZBox. No way to boot up or get into BIOS. I tried everything, but another update kills my pc. Ordering another one of these. Not the pc's fault. Setting updates NOT to update.]Boot up is slow. The reason it's so slow is a pause during boot to give you a change to press the delete key (to enter BIOS) or F8 (for more boot options). I'm amazed the F8 option is there. You can probably change that in the BIOS, but I'm content to have those options there and I'll put up with the longer boot up time.Never seen a USB and sd card reader using the same access point. A great idea and it's no problem to use. It gives us another 3.0 port and it's a space saver on the motherboard. Ordered a hub that uses the 3.0 USB-type C port putting it to good use. So many 3.0 USB ports available. It's one of the reasons I picked it.I purchased a new 3.0 USB thumb drive with new class 10 micro sd cards. Couldn't get the UEFI/BIOS to see them. And when it could see them, it couldn't see my SATA hdd. After playing around with the UEFI/BIOS settings trying to get all drives to play nice, I decided to take out the motherboard battery to rest everything back to factory default settings. I decided to reformat the hdd, delete the partitions and rebuild mbr. Then everything was seen in UEFI/BIOS.I include the following info in case someone else has the same Windows installation problem with their barebones purchase. After searching the web, I find I'm not the only one to have the problem with Windows returning an error msg that it can't install on the selected partition. Found lots of bad and useless information about why this error msg is received and what can and can't be done about it. I found the simple solution on a youtube video. The install went smoothly by following the instructions on how to change mbr to gpt during the Windows 10 install. Setting the hard drive to gpt first didn't work. Had to start out mbr and be changed during the install. That's the way it was for me anyway.Video plays as expected, no problems there. Mouse and keyboard recognized immediately during Windows install.Amazon customer service has been great through all the problems, with the Minix box dying and the Nexbox arriving DOA. First one I purchased was received April 5th and I just received the ZBox on April 26th. What a month, less than a month!I was surprised and thrilled Customer Service sent the 8gb ram stick before I returned the 4gb one I received. Many thanks to them for that. And thanks for refunding the expedited shipping charges for the second purchase of this item! Pray you never get the BSOD during updates!I'm very impressed with the ZBox and wish I had found it before I purchased those other boxes. As you can well imagine! 5Perfect For General Computing This is an impressive little box, perfect for basic computing (pleasantly surprising, given its cost). Windows 8.1 comes preinstalled, so there's only a simple setup process to walk through, acknowledging the license agreement, creating a user account (or tying in to your Microsoft account), etc. An initial Windows Update pass takes about an hour to complete, after that it's ready. There's no bloatware installed that I've run across, just the basic Windows stuff, including Microsoft Defender. Obviously Microsoft Office is not included.It's not apparent from the description, but the USB 3.0 ports are all on the back of the unit; both the front-facing and the up-facing (?) ports are USB 2.0. HDMI out works fine for video, though I can't vouch for the HDMI audio. The ZBOX ships with a reinstallation DVD (a nice feature) and a disc containing Windows 7 and Windows 8 drivers. I haven't tried installing Windows 7 (yet). The only issue I've seen so far is the video driver failed (and recovered) once; that may have been caused by Windows Update installing a newer driver.The box is almost silent: if I put my ear up to it (mounted vertically, as suggested) I can make out some fan noise, but take just a step back and it's gone. The included 64GB SSD (maybe about two-thirds free after installation) is, of course, silent (and fast).I'm undecided on installing more than the included 2GB RAM. I'll install Office and see how well it performs with basic productivity tasks before I upgrade. Zotac provides on their website a list of approved memory sticks (look for Tested memory list under Miscellaneous downloads), at least one of the 4GB ones fulfilled by Amazon (Samsung M471B5273CH0-CH9) for $46.EDIT: As a commenter noted, the BI320 ships with a single 2GB RAM, rather than (2) 1GB SODIMMs. The standard configuration (2GB) works fine for me running standard Windows 7 and Office 2013, so I'm leaving the memory as-is. Also, it's not obvious from the specs, there is room and a slot to install another SATA drive in the box (separate from the mSATA boot device). A small clamp fixes the drive in place.One final note: Windows 7 installs fine using the provided drivers. In fact, oddly enough, the output going to my flat panel display looks noticeably clearer than under Windows 8. There was one hiccup with the USB 3.0 driver: installing the driver package disables all the USB ports, rendering the machine unusable. You have to manually install the driver alone (by finding the USB 3.0 hub in Device Manager and directing Windows to the saved driver). After that it works very well. Typical idle power consumption (as measured by a Kill A Watt) is around 5W, and I've seen it go no higher than around 18W in heavy use. 4Great for general purpose and HTPC Popped in SSD and 4 gig RAM. Set to legacy mode to boot off OS on USB drive and I was off and running. Loaded old evaluation copy of win 8.1 pro, no issues. Time to get a copy of win10 and put it in service. Speed and performance of this box is typical of other SoC based minis. Case is a bit flimsy but is ok once the side is snapped on. There is a processor fan but it is basically silent. I can only hear a slight fan noise only if I put my ear right up to the side of the PC case. Overall, more machine than I can use for surfing, watching videos on home net and streaming off internet. I had memory and SSD laying around, so I have a very cheap PC. Otherwise buy this with 32GB SSD, 4 GB ram and win10 installed and it is a heck of a deal. 5
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