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The new Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 stick PCs both come with a full-sized Ethernet port

By Koh Wanzi - on 12 May 2016, 5:12pm

The new Zotac ZBOX PI220 and PI221 stick PCs both come with a full-sized Ethernet port

Zotac ZBOX PI220

Zotac, a brand perhaps best known for its graphics cards and mini PCs, is finally entering the stick PC fray with two new dongle-sized PCs. The Zotac ZBOX PI220 and ZBOX PI221 will take on the likes of the refreshed Intel Compute Stick and ASUS’s VivoStick TS10, and they’re bringing a couple of intriguing features – for a stick PC that is – to the table.

The goal was to make as few compromises as possible, and Zotac wanted to offer functionality that came as close as possible to what you would get on a regular PC. To that end, the company has included what looks to be a fairly balanced selection of ports and connectors, including a full-sized Ethernet port that will let you enjoy faster, wired connections. You’ll also find a single USB 3.0 port, a 3-in-1 microSD card reader, and an antenna connector for attaching the included Wi-Fi antenna.

The ZBOX PI221 features a full-sized Ethernet port, just like the PI220. (Image Source: Zotac)

However, one thing that’s missing is a 3.5mm headphone jack (the ASUS VivoStick TS10 has one), and Zotac was probably counting on your monitor having an audio jack.

Both stick PCs are powered by the same Intel Atom x5-Z8300 (1.44GHz, 2MB cache) processor, 2GB of DDR3L memory, and 32GB of eMMC flash storage. That’s the same chip used in the new Intel Compute Stick, which also has the same memory and storage configuration.

The difference between the two stick PCs ultimately boils down to cooling. The PI220 is actively cooled by a small, built-in fan, while the PI221 enables silent operation via passive cooling.

Both models ship with Windows 10 Home pre-installed and also come bundled with an HDMI extension cable for more flexible connection options.

We’ve reached out to a local distributor for more information on price and availability, and we’ll update when we know more.

Source: Zotac

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