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The Series 3 Chromebox from Samsung features a small form factor design and is powered by a Intel Core processor with 4GB of RAM. It also features six USB ports, two DisplayPort++ ports (a single port that acts as a DisplayPort and HDMI input), an ethernet port and a headphone jack.

Description

The Cotton Candy from FXI Tech looks like an ordinary USB thumb drive but under its skin you'll find a dual-core Android 2.3 computer capable of using the display of a laptop, HDTV, set-top box, or mobile device. It utilizes Bluetooth to connect to a keyboard and mouse and also includes a microSD card slot for adding up to 64GB of storage.

Lenovo's IdeaCentre Q150 is a small form factor PC aimed at making itself part of your home theater setup. The Nvidia ION 2 GPU admirably handles streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and the HDMI output allows viewing on an HDTV. A VESA bracket is included.

The ZBOX nano VD01 is a mini-pc that can be used either as a desktop or as an HTPC / media center. The device is very compact yet features 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 320GB HDD. The VD01 is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core VIA processor with integrated VIA Chrome9 graphics that is capable of HD video playback (including external Blu-Ray, H.264, and other formats).

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: May. 29, 2012
  • Price at launch: $329.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: 06/2011
  • Price at launch: $249.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 6, 2011

Also Known As...

  • Alias: ZBOX nano VD01 Plus
  • Desktop type: Small form factor
  • Case Dimensions (largest): 7.6 inches
  • Case Dimensions (middle): 7.6 inches
  • Case Dimensions (smallest): 1.3 inches
  • Weight: 2.45 pounds
  • Color: Black / Gray

Hardware

  • Desktop type: Other
  • Case Dimensions (largest): 3.15 inches
  • Case Dimensions (middle): 0.98 inches
  • Weight: 0.05 pounds
  • Color: Black / Silver
  • Desktop type: Small form factor
  • Color: Black
  • Desktop type: HTPC, Small form factor
  • Case Dimensions (largest): 5 inches
  • Case Dimensions (middle): 5 inches
  • Case Dimensions (smallest): 1.77 inches
  • Color: Black / White / Orange
  • Operating system: Chrome OS

Software

  • Operating system: Android
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • Operating system: Windows 7
  • CPU brand: Intel

Processor (base)

  • CPU brand: Samsung
  • CPU family: Exynos
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.2 GHz
  • CPU brand: Intel
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.66 GHz
  • CPU brand: VIA
  • CPU family: Isaiah
  • Base CPU model: Nano X2 U4025
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.2 GHz

Processor (max)

  • Brand: Intel
  • Model: Atom D510
  • Cores: 2
  • Clockspeed: 1.66 GHz

GPU (base)

  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: Intel
  • Integrated GPU model: GMA 3150
  • Graphics type: Integrated
  • Integrated GPU brand: VIA
  • Integrated GPU model: Chrome9

GPU (max)

  • Discrete GPU brand: Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model: Ion 2
  • Dedicated VRAM size: 512 MB
  • Base RAM size: 4 GB

Memory

  • Base RAM size: 1 GB
  • Base RAM size: 2 GB
  • Base RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM type: DDR3
  • Base RAM speed: 1066 MHz
  • Slots: 1
  • Options: Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base storage type: Flash (SSD)

Storage

  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: microSD
  • Base storage capacity: 160 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 500 GB
  • Options: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base storage type: HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base storage capacity: 320 GB
  • Card reader: Yes
  • Card reader support: SD, xD, MMC
  • USB: 6
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • DVI: 1
  • DisplayPort++: 2
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1

Ports

  • USB: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • USB: 4
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • VGA: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • Digital optical audio (S/PDIF): 1
  • USB: 2
  • USB 3.0: 2
  • eSATA: 1
  • Ethernet: 1
  • Ethernet type: 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • DisplayPort: 1
  • HDMI: 1
  • 3.5mm headphone: 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone: 1

Bays

  • 2.5-inch: 1
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi options: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • 802.11n frequencies: 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0

Bundled Accessories

VESA Mount Bracket
Media Remote
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