Some changes have been made recently in Zotac’s ZBOX nettop line-up, having added three new SKUs based on Intel’s new Haswell silicon. However, all three models feature high-priced Intel processors spanning from the Core i3-4130T to the quad-core Core i7-4770T.
Zotac has apparently worked on a cheaper SKU version called the ZBOX Nano ID67. It is said to be powered by a cheaper and cooler Haswell chip, the Core i3-4010U, being a 15W dual-core clocked at 1700MHz and somewhat faster than the higher clocked Ivy-based Core i3-3217U which was used in plenty of cheap ultrathin notebooks and some netbooks. The Core i3-4010U features the HD Graphics 4400, making the GPU a little faster as well.
So far the Core i3-4010U was only available in Intel NUC and Gigabyte Brix barebones, which are rather compact, but also quite expensive and also they can’t handle 2.5-inch drives, as the small form factor needs to use the mSATA storage type. Zotac is offering the ID as a full system, with the Plus moniker, or are barebones model. The Plus features 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, but if you want a hybrid drive or an SSD, the barebone is clearly a better choice.
An official price has yet to be released, but according to sources, it was listed on an US site for $324 / €236 / £199. Prices of Zotac’s other Haswell ZBOX models range from $521 / €380 / £320 to over $783 / €570 / £480, therefore the estimated price of the latest SKU is expected to be a bit cheaper.