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Zotac Announces Stick ZBOX PI220 and PI221 with Windows 10 and Atom X5-Z8300

Zotac makes official the introduction of new Stick PI220 and PI221 SoC based on Intel Atom Z8300-X5, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and Windows 10 Home operating system. Price and date of availability to be confirmed.

Zotac continues to explore the segment of stick PC, announcing two new models: ZBOX PI220 and ZBOX PI221. Enclosed in mini form factor PC that does not differ too much from those of a common USB dongle. The new models are based on the Intel Atom x5-Z8300 architecture with 14nm Cherry Trail processor that improves energy efficiency and performance over previous generation models.

The rest of the hardware equipment includes 2GB of RAM, 32GB of eMMC storage. Despite its compact size, also PCs Zotac sticks are with very good park connections: There is a WiFi 802.11ac module – offering the possibility to connect an external antenna – a Bluetooth module 4.0, an Ethernet port standard size, reader of memory cards, headphone and microphone.

ZOTAC ZBOXThe two models differ only for the cooling system: active and based on micro fan in the case of the ZBOX PI220, completely passive in ZBOX PI221. It is complete mini PC, ready for use after connecting to the monitor via the HDMI output. Zotac has it preinstalled on both models, the Windows 10 operating system 32-bit Home Edition.

Zotac anticipates that the PI221 is already the winner of the Design and Innovation Award in Computers and Systems, at Computex 2016 award given to products that are distinguished by construction and design solutions. Part of the credit goes to the completely passive cooling system, realized through a metal shell specially designed to achieve the purpose.

Model ZOTAC ZBOX PI220 ZOTAC ZBOX PI221
Storage 2 GB DDR3L-RS1600 2 GB DDR3L-RS1600
Storage 32 GB eMMC  32 GB eMMC
CPU  Cherry Trail Intel Atom x5-Z8300 (quad-core 1.44 GHz, up to 1.84GHz) Cherry Trail Intel Atom x5-Z8300 (quad-core 1.44 GHz, up to 1.84GHz)
GPU Intel HD Graphics Intel HD Graphics
Display 1 output HDMI 1 output HDMI
Card Reader 3-in-1 (SD / SDHC / SDXC) 3-in-1 (SD / SDHC / SDXC)
Ethernet 10/100 Mbps 10/100 Mbps
WiFi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.0
USB USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Audio Headphone output, Microphone Headphone output, Microphone
DirectX support 12 12
HDCP Yes Yes
Operating system Windows 10 Home 32-bit pre-installed Windows 10 Home 32-bit pre-installed

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