Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC review: Page 4 of 7

Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, January 14, 2019 - 8:00am

A Closer Look

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

Zotac’s ZBox CI660 Nano is quite small and sleek, about the size of a stack of 5 to 6 DVD cases and a nice elegant black that is broken smoothly by a white trim ring around the front. The front has a power button, combo memory card reader slot, headphone and mic ports, and three USB ports, two of which are Type-C.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

The rear of the CI660 has a Wifi Antenna connector, twin Intel Gigabit Ethernet ports, four super-speed USB ports, and HDMI 2.0 and a DP 1.2 port. A power jack and Kensington lock slot round out the rear.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

Given that the CI660 is 100% passively cooled, it’s no surprise that the entire top is one massive grill. Zotac uses a honeycomb pattern with the Zotac logo right in the center.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

The bottom shows nearly the same pattern but with some stamped notches to hang on the VESA mount.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

The VESA mount plate has raised tabs on the upward side that slide into the base of the CI660 in one of four directions, letting you position the computer in any orientation you want.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

AS this is a barebones kit that requires a small bit of hardware to get up and going, we have to access the internals. Zotac makes this easy with 4 rubberized thumbscrews that serve as feet.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

With the four thumb screws out, the bottom cover just slides off. To reveal the 2.5” drive bay and SO-DIMM slots.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

Before we put the lid back on, we’ll install 8GB of Patriot Signature DDR4 memory and a Samsung 850 Evo SSD.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

The power supply is your typical brick style with barrel-jack.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

Given the CPU’s power consumption is almost nothing, it’s rather amusing to see a 65W power brick used. There will be plenty for any drives, memory and USB devices you decide to use, that’s for sure.

Zotac ZBOX CI660 Nano Mini PC

The plug will be regional, we are in the USA so we have the NEMA 5-15P male to IEC C5 female.

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