The ZBOX Nano series has been an interesting segment, especially considering the compact form factor. So far we have only seen entry-level processors being bundled with these ZBOXes, but Zotac is trying out something new with the ZBOX Nano lD65 Plus by packing a powerful processor.
This small box is powered by an Intel Core i7-3537U, which is a dual-core Ivy Bridge part with support for hyper-threading. While the processor is clocked at 2GHz, the Turbo Boost setting takes it all the way to 3.1GHz on single- core and 2.9GHz on both the cores. You also get Intel HD 4000 graphics, which is much more powerful than the older Intel HD 2500 graphics.
You have the same glossy black and silver colour tone that is a norm with the ZBOXes, besides a blue light ring is present under the top cover. The device comes with a VESA mounting bracket, so you can also wall-mount it. You can even mount it behind your LCD monitor or TV if you do not want it to be visible. It sports four USB 3.0 ports, an in-built wireless/Bluetooth adapter, an SD card-reader and other ports.
We initally installed Windows 8 on the BOX, but faced some issues with a couple of benchmarks such as PC Mark 7 and Resident Evil 5. Also, the USB 3.0 ports weren’t functioning despite installing the latest drivers. A quick check revealed it has compatibility issues with Windows 8.
With Windows 7, we had no issues with the drivers at all and all the test benchmarks ran smoothly. Cinebench R11.5 gave a multi-core rendering score of 2.63, which is impressive considering the older ZBOXes sporting the Atom and Brazos processors would barely cross 1.00. With Windows 7, we had no issues with the drivers at all and all the test benchmarks ran smoothly. Cinebench R11.5 gave a multi-core rendering score of 2.63, which is impressive considering the older ZBOXes sporting the Atom and Brazos processors would barely cross 1.00.
The Zotac ZBOX Nano 1D65 Plus is an i mpressive performer, but it comes at the prohibitive price of Rs 51,999. Even the barebones model, the Nano ID65-which does not come with an HDD or RAM—is priced at around Rs 45,999. It is quite difficult to recommend the 1D65 Plus at such high price points. Sure, it has a powerful processor, but Rs 50,000 is better invested in a powerful laptop or a mid-range gaming PC.