With around 80 USD added from Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 Plus‘s price, what you will get is a home theater PC that comes with a Blu-ray drive and the NVIDIA ION, but for over all specification, Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 Plus has a better hardware specification than Zotac ZBOXHD-ID34BR, so which one to buy ?
In term of spec, I think both of them are more than enough to be use as home theater PC, if you want to use these Zotac ZBOXHD-ID34BR and Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 Plus in Mac mini style for music listening, movie watching, and a little bit of casual gaming, both of these home theater PC work find for these tasks, so the question is do you really need a Blur-ray drive ? In my opinion, you can have two option here, if you won’t mind and addition space requirement, you can buy an external Blu-ray drive for Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 Plus and that may be cheaper than Zotac ZBOXHD-ID34BR, or you can buy the expensive one to save your space and cut off the mess. But I think Blu-ray or DVD drive is still an important component in your home theater system, you’ll need to use it for your music rip, MP3 is acceptable but the best quality is still WAV (except you can find a place to buy a Hi-Res music format).
If you are looking for a small PC to use as your home theater system, you may want to try Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 Plus, it comes with a small size that perfectly fits to your TV shelf, you can place it near your HDTV without noticing it. Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 Plus could be use as a HDD media player or your can use it as PC, with the AMD E350 processor “Fushion” with the Nvidia chipset, plus the 2GB DDR 3 RAM that could be expand and with the small 320 GB HDD. Zotac ZBox Nano AD10 Plus can be run by Windows 7 with many ports includes USB 2.0, e-SATA, LAN and wifi (of course LAN is always faster),
and the HDMI port to connect with your HDTV. If may pricey compared with the popular internet streaming media player like ROKU, but I think if you are looking for a long term use, this is one of the best choice (don’t forget that you can also use this for gaming on a big HDTV screen as well). Checkout the review video below for the in-depth info.