Zotac’s Zbox HD-ID34BR-U nettop

This is a beautiful little HTPC client from Zotac, with a very unique form factor that would blend with anything, even those fancy Bang & Olufsen gear! Agreed that it’s slightly odd the device doesn’t include a remote, but it looks like this could be a solid client for you.

The real jewel in the new Ion GPU’s crown, as least as it pertains to the Zbox, is PureVideo HD decoding. This feature accelerates the decoding of high-definition video content, promising silky smooth video playback at 1080p resolution with VC-1, MPEG2, and H.264, the three codecs used to encode Blu-ray movies. Furthermore, the PureVideo HD engine can be used by Flash 10.1 to accelerate the playback of Flash video.