Zotac outs first mini HTPC with built in Blu-ray

Zotac has announced the imminent release of the world's first mini-PC with a slot-loading Blu-ray drive.

Firmly aimed at the Home Theatre PC (HTPC) market, the Zotac Zbox is powered by an Intel Atom dual-core D525 processor and an Nvidia Ion GPU with 16 unified shaders and 512MB of DDR3 memory.

Although Zotac hasn't supplied final dimensions for the mini PC, judging from the available photo we reckon the enclosure is svelte enough to be wall mounted behind your average flat screen TV, as long as you make sure to put the slot loading Blu-ray drive where it's accessible.

Zotac reckons the Zbox will also make a decent games machine, but we remain to be convinced.

You'll eventually be able to buy the Zbox either with 2GB of RAM and a 2.5-inch 250GB HDD or SSD, or you can go for the self-build option and add your own storage and memory.

Neither version comes with an operating system, although Zotac says the kit is capable of running Windows 7 will all of the bells and whistles turned on.

ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID33

  • 2 x DDR2-800 SO-DIMM slots
  • Support 1 x 2.5-inch SATA 3.0 Gb/s HDD/SSD
  • ZBOX Blu-ray HD-ID34
  • 2GB DDR2-800
  • 250GB 5400RPM HDD
  • Intel Atom D525 processor (1.8 GHz, dual-core)
  • Intel NM10 Express chipset
  • Next-Generation NVIDIA ION graphics processor
  • 16 unified shaders
  • 512MB DDR3 memory
  • NVIDIA CUDA technology
  • NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology
  • 1 Mini-PCI Express expansion slot
  • Slot-load Blu-ray drive
  • 4x Blu-ray read
  • 8x DVD / 24x CD read/write
  • Blu-ray ready Cyberlink PowerDVD 8 included
  • Onboard 802.11n WiFi (300Mb/s)