Exclusive: ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere is a space-age PC that begs a place in your home


ZOTAC has an extensive portfolio of ZBOXes, which are small form factor PCs. The company recently announced their new O Sphere series of mini PCs and we’re happy to bring you India’s first ever look at what the future of home PCs could soon look like.

 

Here’s a quick unboxing video of the ZOTAC Sphere and a quick tour of the ports and other features.

 

 

The ZOTAC ZBOX has always been symbolized by rectangular or square form factors, but with the ZBOX Sphere, ZOTAC is attempting something different. You have a complete PC packed into a semi-spherical enclosure.

 

At first glance, you can't help but think that the design is heavily inspired by the now discontinued Nexus Q. But while that was a low power system, the Sphere is a small form factor PC with decent configurations. As compared to the flatter ZBOXes we have seen in the past, the ZBOX Sphere is definitely taller and is certainly a conversation starter. The ZOTAC Sphere also allows you to change the components inside it. Just rotate the semi-circular plastic in front to unlock the Sphere and you can swap components. The glowing blue light around the Sphere is an inspiration from the regular ZBOXes which all feature a circular glowing aesthetic.

 

 Exclusive: ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere is a space-age PC that begs a place in your home

ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere bears a striking resemblance to the now discontinued Nexus Q, but is a proper PC

 

The barebones ZBOX Sphere will have an Intel Core i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.6GHz. It comes with integrated Intel HD4400 graphics for people looking at entry level gaming.  It offers two DDR3 SODIMM slots, an mSATA SSD and a 2.5-inch SATA drive. The ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere Plus (which we have with us) will come with all of the above plus 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

 

The ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere will sport an 802.11 ‘ac’ Wi-Fi module as well as an Ethernet port. It will come with four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port and a DisplayPort along with an audio and microphone jacks. The Sphere promises support for 4K displays as well.

 

The ZBOX Sphere is expected to be selling at $399 (approx Rs 23,400) for the barebones model and $499 (approx Rs 29,240) for the Plus model. While most of the previous models have made their way to India, it won’t be long till the Sphere arrives as well. We’ll bring you more details on the pricing and availability in the full review coming up soon.

 


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