Zotac had announcements in multiple segments at CES. Obviously, the SSD entry was the big talking point with the PCIe variant boasting good performance numbers. Zotac also had a home automation announcement, the Cozee Smart Home Kit. The lineup will have ZigBee sensors, an IP camera and a gateway.The hardware and software / apps are not final and still being worked on. Therefore, I will postpone detailed coverage of that announcement and concentrate on the updates made by Zotac in the mini-PC space in this article.

Zotac had all their mini-PC models neatly arranged out in their suite. These included models such as the Steam Machine NEN that was announced back in November and the MI551 Skylake mini-PC announced last month. The number of models made my head swim (in a good way). In order to help navigate the available models, Zotac provided the press with a table which lists various features and the models that support them. The list is reproduced in the picture below. More information about the models that launched at CES is available below the picture. Pricing for these units is not available yet.

C-Series with Skylake

We reviewed almost all of the Zotac C-series PCs that started appearing in the market towards the end of 2014. Using the Y-series processors in a fanless chassis, they provided very good performance for users looking for compact and silent solutions. With Skylake, Zotac is going for a slightly larger and heavier solution, but the platform will support higher TDP CPUs (Skylake-U). The currently planned specifications are as below:

  • Intel Core i5-6300U
  • Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 2.5" SATA slot
  • 2x DDR3L-1600 SODIMM
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Dual GbE LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT 4.0
  • DisplayPort and HDMI

The gallery below provides some pictures of the chassis.

The Skylake C-Series is at least a quarter away from launch. So, it is possible that specifications might change before it comes to the market.

PC Stick

We reviewed the Cherry Trail Compute Stick recently, and Zotac's version has a slight variation. The USB 3.0 port in the Intel Cherry Trail Compute Stick is replaced by a 10/100 Mbps LAN port. Other than that, all the specifications are the same.

  • Intel Atom x5-Z8300
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 32GB eMMC, 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • 1x USB 2.0, 1x microSD
  • 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT 4.0
  • HDMI output (male)

The gallery below provides some pictures of the exterior:

ZBOX MA761 and ZBOX EA740

These two products have similar specifications, but target different market segments. The MA761 has 6 DisplayPort outputs and targets the digital signage market. The EA740 has 3 DisplayPort outputs and targets the gaming market (similar to the EN970 that we reviewed last year) All the other specifications (including the GPU model) are the same.

  • Intel Core i3-6100T
  • AMD Radeon R9 M365X with 2GB GDDR5
  • 2x DDR3L-1600 SODIMM
  • 2.5" SATA and a M.2 SSD slot
  • USB 3.0 Type-C
  • SDXC UHS-II card reader
  • Dual GbE LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT 4.0

The gallery below provides some pictures of the chassis of both units:

ZBOX EI751

The EI751 is the follow-up product to the ZBOX EI750, one of the Haswell Crystal Well-based mini-PCs equipped with Iris Pro graphics. The EI751 makes the move from Haswell to Broadwell while retaining an Iris Pro-equipped SKU. The full specifications are provided below:

  • Intel Core i7-5775R
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
  • 2x DDR3L-1866 SODIMM
  • 2.5" SATA and a mSATA slot
  • SDXC card reader
  • Dual GbE LAN, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, BT 4.0
  • 2x Display Port, DVI-D (Single Link)

The gallery below provides some pictures of the exterior:

ZBOX PICO with Cherry Trail T3 & T4

The platforrm is similar to that of the PC Stick mentioned before (i.e, a Cherry Trail tablet board, but, in a pocket-sized form factor). The only difference is the chassis design and the availability of some extra display and I/O ports. The full specifications are provided below:

  • Intel Atom x5-Z8300 (T3) / Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (T4)
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 32GB eMMC, 2GB LPDDR3
  • 3x USB 2.0 (T3), 3x USB 3.0 - (2x Type-A + 1x Type-C) (T4)
  • 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 (T3) / 1 GbE RJ45 (T4)
  • 802.11ac, BT 4.0
  • HDMI, DisplayPort
  • microSD Slot
  • Windows 10 Home Preinstalled

The gallery below shows the chassis of the Pico x7 (T4)

At CES, Zotac announced mini-PC models targeting every segment in the market space - from gaming enthusiasts to users looking for silent and compact HTPCs. They have, without doubt, the widest mini-PC lineup in the whole industry. It is hardly surprising, given that their ZBOX nano xs mini-PCs had come to the market even before the first Intel NUC. We are looking forward to having some of the announced units in for review over the next few months.

 

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  • meacupla - Saturday, January 16, 2016 - link

    Yeah, that's quite the accusation there...
    I think you should just take a look at what everyone else has in their lineup.

    Gigabyte BRIX hardly has any AMD units in their lineup.
    Maybe the Carrizo stuff puts out too much heat to operate at peak performance in those NUC like enclosures? Maybe they cost too much? Maybe the BoM required makes them expensive compared to i5+970m?
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  • Dobson123 - Sunday, January 17, 2016 - link

    Carrizo has a configurable TDP from 12 to 35W and should be sufficient, the tests available all paint a decent picture. I also don't think they cost too much, AMD even says they're cheaper than Intel processors. The board should also be simple considering the fact Carrizo is a full SoC. Maybe they just think there isn't much demand, but I'm sure many people would want one. Reply
  • heffeque - Sunday, January 17, 2016 - link

    I sure hope Zotac puts a Zen into their lineup whenever Zen are available. Otherwise I'm going to be very mad at Zotac (my brand of choice for mini-PC). Reply
  • phoenix_rizzen - Monday, January 18, 2016 - link

    There's 3 AMD models listed in the table in the article. Reply

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