the age of small, powerful and super rad looking PC system might be upon us. ZOTAC has proved this point years ago and is continuing to do so with its latest addition: the ZOTAC ZBOX Sphere OI520 Series Mini PC. first unveiled earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, this spherical desktop system is finally official, touting the Core i5 Haswell processor. as before, the OI520 is offered in two versions: a barebone model (ZBOX-OI520) that does without HDD or RAM, and a complete system with 4GB RAM and packs 500GB HDD, refer to as the ‘PLUS’ model (ZBOX-OI520-P). common features include an Intel Core i5-4200U 1.6GHz dual-core processor (up to 2.6GHz with Turbo boost), Intel HD 4400 GPU, HDMI and DisplayPort, SATA connector and mSATA connector, a pair of memory slots that supports up to 16GB, and a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD drive bay.
you will also find other standard PC features like a 4-in-1 memory card reader, Ethernet port, built-in wireless ac and Bluetooth 4.0, microphone jack, headphone audio jack, and a general serving of Universal Serial Bus ports, comprising of a trio of USB 2.0 ports and four USB 3.0 ports. the I/Os can be found at the back of the hardware on what looks like an integrated pedestal that would keep your ball-like PC from rolling away and also a flat out surface would make more sense for those ports. we are kind of digging this sphere computing hardware, but we will be all over it if only it looks a little closer to that shiny LaCie Christofle Sphère External Hard Drive. don’t you think? oddly, with the official words of the inner workings of the Sphere OI520, pricing information remain scarce.