Zotac’s Pocket PC is the size of a wallet and has two 4K outputs
The new Zotac ZBOX PI336 Pico (opens in a new tab) (brought to our attention by Liliputing (opens in a new tab)) seems to be a suitably equipped, portable pocket device for anyone looking for a portable media player. It has two 4K outputs and comes with Windows 11 Pro installed, making it a good digital signage option, but it can serve other uses as well.
The presence of a Celeron chip probably won’t make anyone jump for joy, but this machine’s N6211 chip does quite well, bringing its two cores to a 3GHz burst while consuming just 6.5W of power. . This is a 2021 model built on the 10nm Elkhart Lake architecture, and it comes with 10th Gen Intel UHD graphics.
The CPU supports up to eight PCIe lanes, but they don’t get much work done here as there are no M.2 or PCIe slots for cards. You get 128GB of eMMC storage along with 4GB of RAM (a shame, as the chipset supports up to 32GB) and some USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, including one Type-C. Additional connectivity is supported via Wi-Fi. -Fi 6E, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 5.2. There is a Micro SD slot for additional storage.
Video output is where the tiny PC excels, with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 outputs capable of driving two 4K displays. This makes it useful for a small multimedia PC, or for driving retail or other digital signage applications. Everything fits into a case with a volume of 0.18 L (11 cubic inches) and dimensions of 115 x 76 x 20.7 mm (4.3 inches x 3 inches x 0.8 inches). We’ve seen bigger and thicker wallets!
It also manages to be passively cooled, with the case acting as a heat sink in much the same way as other small PCs we’ve seen recently. (opens in a new tab). There is a 5V DC input on the side of the case, so a separate power supply is needed and helps avoid adding heat inside the PC.
There’s no confirmed release date or price yet, but it’s nice to see a mini PC using an Intel chip and running Windows instead of an Arm/Linux combo. (opens in a new tab). Zotac’s previous small form factor model, the ZBOX Magnus (opens in a new tab)arrived earlier this year, but it was much more powerful and also much bigger than this little video shooter.
|CPU||Intel Celeron N6211|
|RAM||4 GB LPDDR4x|
|GPUs||Intel UHD Graphics for 10th Generation Intel Processors|
|Storage||128 GB eMMC|
|SE||Windows 11 Pro|
|USB sockets||2x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C|
|Video output||1x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.4|
|Dimensions||115 x 76 x 20.7mm (4.3in x 3in x 0.8in)|