In a nutshell: Small form factor computers are handy for those with a small amount of workspace, or who would like something that isn’t so big and loud as a standard sized tower PC. Zotac has unmasked its first SFF computer capable of running Windows 11.
This week, computer maker Zotac revealed a little Windows 11 PC at Computex 2022. The Zbox PI336 Pico is a small form factor (SFF) computer about the size of an external storage device (4. 5in x 3in x 0. 8in). This fully capable desktop can fit right in your pocket or be tucked away behind your monitor out of sight.
The Zbox PI336 Pico minuscule chassis packs a 1 ) 2GHz (3. 0GHz boosted) Intel Celeron N6211 dual-core with UHD graphics, 4GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 128GB of onboard storage. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6E, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 5. 2, two USB 3. 1 Gen2 ports, one Type-C port, a headphone/microphone combo jack, and a Micro SDHC card reader. In addition, it has HDMI 2 . 0 and DisplayPort 1 . 4 with around 2160p resolution and supports dual-monitor setups.
The PI336 Pico comes pre-installed with Windows 11 Pro and a separate USB thumb drive for restoring the system to factory conditions or a previous state.
It’s clearly maybe not going to substitute your HEDT rig or gaming PC but does create a nifty compact traveling computer. It also includes a mounting bracket if you would prefer to hang it on the wall or situate it behind a monitor, making for a discrete desktop computer in the household room. The machine also does not need an AC brick. The slightly larger adapter just plugs straight into a wall socket.
Zotac hasn’t revealed pricing yet. The prior SFF PC in the Pico line the Zbox PI335, running Windows 10 retailed for $230. The PI336 can be an upgrade, and the chip shortage has inflated things, so this model might go for a bit higher. Zotac doesn’t have a release date to reveal yet.