Xi3 unveils palm-sized Z3ro Pro PC with dual-core x86 chip for $399

By Matthew ยท 9 replies
Jan 14, 2013
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  1. Although most of the attention Xi3 received during CES came courtesy of its Valve-funded Piston PC, the company also unveiled a nifty palm-sized computer late last week that's only just now cropping up in the enthusiast press. The Z3ro is...

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  2. Do they have anyone in charge of cosmetic design? Or did Apple hire the last one available?
  3. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    Can you guys try to get a hold of one of these for testing? I'd love to know how it is at streaming media.
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I think it has an interesting and distinct look. It doesn't look like anything else I've seen in such a tiny form factor, has multiple color options. The case is not just cosmetic, it also serves as heat sinking and is built for modularity (including some clever mounting components which easily attach to the body). So, I'm not sure what your point is... Does it not look enough like a Mac Mini for your tastes?

    As for the processors, that's where I'm a bit concerned. They tout their custom board designs which separate the north bridge and south bridge, and the units that you CAN actually configure on their website are Athlon based. Looks like they use AMD for processor and GPU options, but I'm hoping they are leveraging the APUs for enhanced graphics and media performance, and not just Athlons.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Doesn't it seem a bit expensive? I'm sure you can get a retail Windows box for that price.
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    The catch is, this thing is tiny. The VESA mount to attach it to the back of your monitor is probably a bigger footprint than the case itself. If you can do with having a standard box CPU, you'd never bother even looking at one of these. But as tiny footprint workstations or a kiosk environment, this is a decent (and typically cheaper) alternative to something like an all-in-one PC. Plus, it's supposedly modular and (at least semi-) serviceable.
  7. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,829   +634

    First thing that comes to mind, Car PC, something this small can fit just about anywhere in a car dash, no moving parts, very low power consumption. Seems like a good idea. Aesthetics are irrelevant IMO just because where ever you do put it will likely be out of sight anyway, I like the practical aluminum heatsink unibody design it has, practical comes to mind. Price is a little steep, but its the size your paying for, yes you can buy a quad core PC with 16GB of RAM for $300 on Tigerdirect, but good luck making that look good where ever you put it.
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    Given its size I'd be suspecting a Via processor.
  9. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,383   +172

    My guess is that it's the new gen AMD APU's, probably Temash, and they can't name it because AMD hasn't yet made the specs available.

    Could be a pretty neat device for someone who wants a PC in their pocket. :) Or just wants a nearly invisible HTPC.

    I like the use of eSATAp.
  10. Twixtea

    Twixtea TS Rookie Posts: 86

    Alienware X51 is way better than this in every possible aspect, looks, power, upgradeability?

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