We take care of long Zotac ZBOX Mini PC, because devices are interesting from the point of view of aesthetics, always updated to the latest platform and with a good final price. If to this we add the ability to configure them to suit you barebones versions (sold without OS, RAM and storage), computers Zotac have few competitors on the market and are almost always the best choice for those who need a desktop Compact for work and play.
Unlike high yielders, however, the Chinese company has not succumbed to the charm of the PC Stick. Yet it was a short step. At CES 2016 but Zotac has second thoughts and will launch its first Mini PC on stick, similar to an Intel Compute Stick but with some features that set it apart.
Zotac PC Stick has a frame in white polycarbonate, relatively cheap and compact. Inside we find an Intel Atom Z8300-x5 (Cherry Trail), 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC. It supports 802.11ac WiFi networks and Bluetooth 4.0, but also has a 10/100 Ethernet port. Among the interfaces we recognize a micro USB port for power supply and a USB 2.0 port, plus a microSD card reader to expand the internal memory and a HDMI connector that lets you connect the pen directly to a TV or external monitor. No need to say, but on board there is Windows 10.
So, summing up, Zotac PC Stick has a faster WiFi standard, high-performance graphics and support for wired Internet connection, all features that are currently not found in any TV Stick on the market (including Compute Stick). Considering the number of ventilation grids located on the frame, the TV Stick Zotac is fanless (thus fanless and silent when in operation). It remains to be seen that temperatures could reach “at full speed”, but on this information we will have to wait for the first test on the road.