Skip to main content

A desktop PC for ants? Zotac’s latest Zbox is smaller than an iPhone 6 Plus

zotac unveils pocketable powerful zbox pico mini pc
Image used with permission by copyright holder
Macau-based computer hardware manufacturer Zotac has been designing tiny, inexpensive PCs for years now. This time, the company’s engineers have really outdone themselves. After going with a bizarre (yet awesome) Star Wars-ish theme in recent PCs, Zotac invested resources and energy in coming up with a tiny PC that’s among the smallest we’ve ever seen.

The result of the company’s efforts is called the Zbox PI320 pico, and it’s so petite that you could literally hook it up to a display, plug in peripherals, and forget it’s there. It measures 4.6 x 2.6 x 0.8-inches, so it can fit right into your shirt or pants pockets.

To get a better grasp on those numbers, the iPhone 6 Plus measures 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28-inches. How often are the devices that we’re supposed to carry around less compact than a contraption made specifically for desktop use?

Food for thought, and while you ponder an answer, here are some other fun facts about the Zotac Zbox pico. Unlike most mini PCs, this box comes with Windows 8.1 with Bing pre-installed, so it’s work-ready out of the box.

Decently punchy for a PC of this size, it packs a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735F processor clocked at 1.33GHz, Intel HD graphics, 2GB of RAM, and a 32GB SSD. Passively cooled, and VESA mountable to third-party monitors, this PC amazingly makes the most of its cramped footprint by including a slew of ports and connectivity options.

Three USB 2.0 connectors, a microSD card slot, Ethernet, and an HDMI port are somehow squeezed on the outside of Zotac’s newest mini-desktop. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 also offered as well.

Listed at various online retailers like CompSource and MacMall, the Zbox PI320 is “temporarily out of stock”, but it should become widely available soon. It can be had for as little as $200.

Minuscule, relatively powerful, and affordable? What more could you want?

Adrian Diaconescu
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Adrian is a mobile aficionado since the days of the Nokia 3310, and a PC enthusiast since Windows 98. Later, he discovered…
Samsung’s MacBook alternative is up to $700 off today
The Samsung Galaxy Book 4 Pro against a textured grey backdrop.

If you like the idea of the MacBook Air but don't own any other Apple products or don't want to be in the Apple ecosystem, then we're happy to inform you that there are some great alternatives. One example is the Galaxy Book4, which is equally thin and light and can still pack a punch when it comes to processing power. Even better, you can get it for much cheaper than the usual $900 since you get a direct $200 discount that brings it down to $700, plus you can get up to $508 of trade-in credit. So, you could potentially get it for as low as $192, assuming you get the best trade-in value.

Why you should buy the Galaxy Book4
At just 0.61-inch of thickness, the Galaxy Book4 comes pretty close to the thin size of the MacBook Air, so it's a very portable device, which is impressive since it comes with a larger 15.6-inch screen. Granted, the screen runs at an FHD resolution, which is a bit lower than the MacBook Air, but at that screen size, the difference isn't that big. Luckily, the keyboard is great to type on, and you can expect up to 15 hours of battery life, which is pretty good too.

Read more
Samsung is having a sale on huge gaming monitors — up to $1,000 off
Samsung Odyssey Ark in cockpit mode.

If you're the type of person who likes to have the best gear for their gaming setup, then one of the best upgrades you can do is getting yourself a massive ultra-wide monitor that adds another layer of immersion. Some of these monitors are truly behemoths, and they have a price tag to match, but luckily Samsung is running a great sale on large gaming monitors right now with some significant savings. Samsung makes some of the best monitors on the market, so you're in good hands if you decide to grab one. However, if you'd still like something different, check out these other great monitor deals.
49-inch Odyssey OLED G9 -- $1,200, was $1,800

If you're looking for an ultra-widescreen, then the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 is the perfect option because it's chock full of great features. Besides the absolutely gorgeous OLED display, it runs a 2k resolution that can hit a whopping 240Hz refresh rate; you'll likely need one of the best GPUs to run it. It also has a low response time of 0.03ms GTG, as well as support for HDR10+ and coverage of 99% of the DCI color gamut. You can even split it into dual QHD monitors if you need to get work done and require two screens, so it's a very versatile monitor.

Read more
The Windows transition to Arm just found its missing puzzle piece
The new Surface Pro on a table.

The Windows transition to Arm has pushed forward at an impressive clip, with many of the most significant apps having built Arm64 versions. But there's been one major holdout, even up until Microsoft's recent Copilot+ announcement.

A little app called Slack.

Read more