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Monday, 26 May 2014 13:10

Zotac rolls out affordable Kabini ZBOX

Written by Peter Scott

A4-5000, barebone flavour available

Zotac has introduced yet another ZBOX mini PC, but unlike the recently announced ZBOX Sphere, it features a down to earth design – and more importantly, a down to earth price.

The ZBOX Sphere is for fashionistas, the MA320 is for people on a budget. However, that doesn’t mean it’s a cheap box with nothing to offer. On the contrary, it has a decent spec. 

Quad Kabini, latest radios


The Zotac ZBOX MA320 is based on AMD’s A4-5000 SoC, which is a mobile 1.5GHz quad-core based on the Jaguar core.

The chip has a TDP of 15W and 128 graphics cores (HD 8330). This is not Zotac’s first Kabini nettop. Last November the company introduced the diminutive ZBOX nano AQ01, which boasts practically the same spec in a slightly smaller chassis. It costs a bit more, too.

zotac-zbox-ma320

The MA320 comes in a slightly bigger box, but it’s a bit cheaper. It has a single 2.5-inch drive bay, DVI, HDMI 1.4a, two USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit LAN, and a 7-in-1 card reader. Best of all it features the latest wireless tech in the form 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.


Good value


Unlike the Sphere, the MA320 features a very tempting price tag. Zotac is selling it as a barebones rig or a complete system, denoted by the Plus suffix.

The barebones version is listed at €159 in Europe, making it one of the cheapest barebones in this segment. The Plus system, with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, is priced in the €260 to €280 range by a number of retailers in the DACH region.

It’s a fair price considering the spec, as €150 won’t get you much of in the mini PC barebones market. Now if only Zotac would revise the design. The Zbox has been around for four years and apart from a few nano versions and the new Sphere, the design hasn’t changed one bit.

Peter Scott

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