The Zotac ZBox CI323 is Up and Running! Some Early Impressions.

The parts all arrived for the Zotac ZBox mini PC yesterday and it took roughly 4 minutes to install the Corsair 8gb ram memory and the SP 240gb SSD.

After doing that I went ahead and installed Ubuntu-Mate onto the new little PC. All went perfectly and the Bluetooth hooked up immediately to my K480 keyboard and the wireless ac got a connection to my router at 433 mb/s. I went ahead and installed all the updates and a few of my favorite packages such as the GIMP and Chrome, and SimpleScreenRecorder.

All went perfectly in Linux and so I moved on to Windows 7. No matter what I did I could not get mouse or keyboard access, even while using a USB keyboard/mouse. With neither of those working I could not get past the initial setup screen.

I then moved on to Windows 10 which installed perfectly and had zero issues at all.  After 2 reboots I had all the updates installed and then switched over to an ethernet gigabit direct connect to the router. I then installed VMware and moved my primary server onto the Zotac Zbox.

So far the server is running fine and I expect that this post will eventually auto-post to the new little server.

The ZBox does seem to run a bit warmer than expected, but it by no means gets what you would call hot. I will eventually figure out the Windows 7 install issues and test that also, but in the meantime I am rather happy with my purchase.

Incidentally, the noisiest PC in the house is now my Asus notebook, which barely makes a sound. Any advice on the Win7 install would be appreciated, (leave a comment!).

Tim

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We finally have a bit of Info on The Teclast X5 Pro (video)

A few weeks back I mentioned the Teclast X5 Pro, which spec-wise appears to be a killer tablet

After waiting for a bit, we finally have our first video review/unboxing.

It does have WiFi ac band and it appears to have decent brightness. However, considering the price, I myself am going to pass. That is not a negative, that is simply me being price conscious . Considering the price, I still think that if you want a 12 inch class tablet, the Chuwi Hi12 with its better display is a better choice!

You can get a case/stand and a 128gb microSD card and still beat the X5 price by hundreds of dollars.

You can view the video unboxing below…

Tim

 

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The New PC is Arriving Tomorrow and The Ram on Friday. How Will I proceed?

Obviously it will be great to actually own a “new ” PC, tablets notwithstanding. So I will have 240 gb to play with initially. So the question arises, do I install Windows 7 or Linux first?

Obviously I will have a 240 gb SSD to play with so I am seriously considering Ubuntu-Mate as the first operating system!  I may choose Win7 and then install the web servers onto to it…for a few minutes.

I will also try out a non-activated version of Win 10, because I am not paying Microcrud what they want for a license.

Perhaps I will simply clone my Dell Win 7 HD and go from there. That is an option, but ALL options are open currently because there are only tests and no permanent solutions are set in stone just now!

Tim

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New Mini PC Forces This Techie to Do a Lot Of Research. Tonight’s Lesson, Display Port Types.

3 Display options!

Soon I will be testing out and probably switching over all my Dell based PC stuff to a new Zotac Zbox. Of course that has brought up a few questions that have required me to do a bit of research.

The network stuff is cake, the wireless is a breeze but the display stuff raises questions. I have a rather ancient Dell monitor that works very well and has no problems with it’s VGA input from the Dell Optiplex PC I run.

If you take a look at the image at the top of this article you will see that the Zbox CI323 has 3 different type display ports.  Certainly I can use my current VGA cable and all will be well, but I decided I need to learn about these other port types just in case I want to use the HDMI or Displayport outputs in the future, (the device also came with a Displayport to HDMI adapter).

Now the current display monitor uses either VGA or DVI inputs, but there are several types of DVI connectors out there. So I was forced to learn this new info, just in case I wanted to get an adapter cable from HDMI to DVI, which would also be handy for use with my Chuwi HiBook.

So after poking around on the Dell support site for my monitor which is a SE198WFP model I found a link that explains all those different DVI connectors! If you have run into the same questions, this video will answer most of your questions!

Hopefully someone will find this info handy. Incidentally my monitor uses the 18 pin DVI-D digital video only connector, also known as a single link.

Tim

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I Really Enjoy Tracking Shipments of New Computer Stuff!

I can honestly say that besides actually ordering a new PC/Tablet, the most exciting thing is watching it’s progress using UPS or FedEx tracking!

So my Zotac ZBox CI323 is officially on the way! NewEgg is quite efficient at sending shipments in a timely manner. The shipment referred to in the image above includes that new mini PC and a 250gb SSD.

However, the other important part of my order which is coming from Amazon and has the ram, has yet to be shipped. So, because I chose free shipment from them  it might take an extra day.

One more note on this whole new PC deal…I did not realize until today that the new mini PC had Bluetooth which means I will be able to use it with my LogiTech K480 BT keyboard!

There will be video(s) and a thorough review once all the pieces parts have arrived.

Below are some gratuitous shots of the Zotac.

Soon it will be unboxing time once again here at HiBook Labs!

Tim

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