HotHardware and ZOTAC End-Of-Summer HTPC Giveaway!

The summer may be coming to an end, but it’s just the beginning of our latest giveaway here at HotHardware! For our latest End-of-Summer giveaway, we’ve partnered up with our good friends at ZOTAC and are giving away a full-featured, ultra small form factor HTPC / mini-PC! This time around, you could win a ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD12 Plus, complete with a dual-core APU and AMD Radeon HD 7340 series graphics, all wrapped up in a tiny enclosure that's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand!

Here’s a look at the complete breakdown of the system's specifications and features:


  • ZBOX nano AD12 Plus


  • AMD A68M


  • AMD Radeon HD 7340


  • AMD E2-1800 APU (1.7 GHz, dual-core)


  • 2GB DDR3-1333 SODIMM

Networking / Connectivity:

  • Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11n/g/b
  • Bluetooth 3.0


  • 320GB 5400RPM HDD
  • 7-in-1 card reader
To be entered into the giveaway, please follow the quick and easy guidelines below. If you're brand new here, there might be a few more steps necessary, but otherwise it's pretty simple!

1) First: Make sure you're registered at You can also login with Facebook or Twitter.

2) Be active in the discussion and community here at HotHardware. Quality comments will get you noticed! (Don't Spam)

3) Become a fan of HotHardware’s official Facebook fan page if you're not already.

4) Become a fan of ZOTAC's official Facebook fan page if you're not already.

5) Share the contest post on your personal Facebook page and help us spread the word!

6) For a little extra credit, check us out on Google+ and add us to your circles!

The contest will run through October 5, at which point we'll announce the winner. Get in early and post here in the HH news discussions often!  *Note:  Contest is for US and Canada residence only.

This is a great chance for to you to win a slick ultra small form factor PC! Good Luck!

Tags:  giveaway, AMD, Zotac, contest, HTPC, APU
JBarnett 2 years ago

This would be so awsome for college.

rapid1 2 years ago

These are nice little machine!

deadmanet 2 years ago

Nice. Would be nice as a little media server for the living room.

Aoshi 2 years ago

Another giveaway already? HH continues to surprise me! Sure I'll throw my name in there! Good luck everyone!

JHooper 2 years ago

I am willing to give this a try. It could help me with my computer controlled lights and music for Halloween and Christmas.

AKnudson 2 years ago

I love the small form factor that zotac offers with the nano lines, however i have been somewhat disappointed in the processors and ram sets offered by this model. Its a great machine with some unique uses and factors. its not a gaming laptop or anything but it can definitely get the job done on any web browsing or word processing/spreadsheet manipulation.

Drake_McNasty 2 years ago

Nice! You guys always keep the goods coming! Good luck to everyone.

AStaples 2 years ago

Not only would this be a great little machine for the average internet-browsing person, but it looks like it'd be quite useful for a CS major like myself. It has plenty of USB ports to connect devices, and would fit nicely in a dorm room and serve as a cute little powerhouse for coding!

RTietjens 2 years ago

Wow, could use this in the new library I'm building (in lieu of the Man Cave I really want)! We use a lot of Zotac video cards here at $WORKPLACE and I've been pretty impressed.

LBowen 2 years ago

It seems I already had all the steps completed. My odds may not be the best since I have won before but I'll gladly throw my name in the hat for this beauty. Thanks to HotHardware and ZOTAC :)

SHartungWetter 2 years ago

That's nice, I would appreciate one of these.

spunky391 2 years ago

I would love to win

TheShortKid 2 years ago

This Product looks great .. This would be great for college and when round other people. I find that your Giveaway's are always good but you know you have a minimal chance of winning but if someone else wins it I'm sure they will make the most use out of it

HJenner 2 years ago

I would love to win this for my granddaughter

LarryDarren 2 years ago

What a great giveaway.

Thank you HotHardware.


Msp33d 2 years ago

Pretty cool little unit.  Would love to see how it performs.  it would be nice to be able to just unplug it and bring it wherever you go!

CDeeter 2 years ago

Hot Hardware has taken a look at these a few times (although not this specific build), just search for Zotac on the site.

These little buggers do really well as a HTPC, and have a cool design too!

AKechely 2 years ago

this would be amazing, I have no pc right now and this surpasses anything that i could hope to purchase right now.

GGolding 2 years ago

Well this looks pretty interesting awesome and neat looking machine.


FreeJet 2 years ago

Chips Ahoy and Avast Antivirus, ye Snoop dogs!
Happy International Talk Like A idiot Pirate Day!
Yo-ho-hoist some iced tea grog for a  bribe chance to pillage win a booty-licious diamond-encrusted pill box ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD12 Plus mini-PC!
All ye LAN-lubbers need do is walk the plank make some mutinous relevant comments and then get fed to the sharks noticed.

D4GG3R 2 years ago

anyone know its dimensions and weight? sounds awesome!

FreeJet 2 years ago

[quote user="D4GG3R"]

anyone know its dimensions and weight? sounds awesome!


From what I can tell, it looks smaller than a severed head and probably weighs a lot less.

CDeeter 2 years ago

Around 4.17” x 4.17” x 1.46”. That's tiny!

And yes, that'sSurprise smaller than a severed head

KNakakihara 2 years ago

Fits in the palm of me hand?

Yarr, this would make a perfect Stepmania box/ Media center. Seriously, lugging your rig around just to play a dance game at other people's houses is such a pain.

MKSilverSax 2 years ago

It's nice that this ZBOX has so many USB inputs...and yet that it's completely wireless capable.

SAugustine 2 years ago

I'm sure this would make a great PC to connect to the TV in my living room.

Too bad it is smaller than the Zotac Geforce GTX-295 video card I have...LOL

EGendron 2 years ago

look really nice :) i would love it

BBuck 2 years ago

I would love this. I am wanting to start storm chasing and this would be the perfect to get started. Its small enough to fit on the back of a car mounted monitor and it is powerful enough to run all the programs that I would need to run to not only track radar but also receive data from vehicle mounted wind sensors. I want it bad.

MYoung2 2 years ago

My mind is blown...Ive never even heard of something like this.....A minipc....I feel like Ive been living under a rock for the past few years...

warlock317 2 years ago

that could be fun to win

meekrat 2 years ago

I wonder what the heat coming off of it is like after a few hours

Pedeadstrian 2 years ago

Is it sad that this tiny thing is bigger than my tower desktop? I really need to replace my 9 year old computer... and this certainly would be a great step in the right direction!

BNewport 2 years ago

This is a cool little device, so small and discrete, would be great for a stealth home entertaiment system

jshep45801 2 years ago

This would be sweet living room server. Lots of possiblites, in a pretty box. Daddy wants...

DAdamson 2 years ago

I would love one what a great little box of tricks :)

cjstaples 2 years ago

If that's not cool, I don't know what is.  Sweet.



MMaddox 2 years ago

I'd set it up as a system for my daughters to use (6 and 8) they're constantly getting into it with their oldest sister for computer time. o.@;;

KTaber 2 years ago

this looks very sweet.!

spongebobabd 2 years ago

i heed a new computer soo bad, im still using a pentium 4. either way, GOOD LUCK EVRYONE!

spongebobabd 2 years ago

did i also mention that my birthday is October 16th? lol

KWright 2 years ago

This looks great! I want one.

eunoia 2 years ago


hrsteeley 2 years ago

My son and grandson would make good use of it.

JTsao 2 years ago

nice nano PC...guess itx PC has a hard time again tablet, but still, I love it for its small form factor....

Kyouya 2 years ago

I'm gonna be honest...I only want to win this for my mother who still uses a Pentium 3 processor with 512 ram.

RMong 2 years ago

is there unboxing review for this HTPC yet? I am very interested in this product, with its silent operation and lower power consumption, it would be a greate media settop box alternative...

JPayne 2 years ago

would love to have christmas come early this year, this looks really cool but i hope that i get that contest that Zotac is doing with patriot memory

realneil 2 years ago

This is a cool little PC. I like how it can mount to the back of your screen, out of the way and out of sight.

I'd like to win this.

EKey 2 years ago

looks very good

LChong 2 years ago

great to add in my living room, small size for HTPC

LChong 2 years ago

would be awesome to add this small HTPC to my living room

JMcLaughlin 2 years ago


Nydrin 2 years ago

Great contest, that looks like the perfect portable box. I can probably make it a portable server!

Jaybk26 2 years ago

Ahh, cute:p Anyone know it's dimensions?

CDeeter 2 years ago

Around 4.17” x 4.17” x 1.46”.

AHoover 2 years ago

That's actually a pretty impressive machine...

chris0177 2 years ago

This would be nice to win

DFerrantino 2 years ago

it's so small and cute I just want to put it in my pocket!

SIqbal 2 years ago

This is an amazing giveaway please count me in as well

sackyhack 2 years ago

Holy crap another one?! Good luck everybody!

jlafount 2 years ago

I've been looking for something like this to run a PlayOn server

panzersword 2 years ago

I have never seen a pc like that and would love to give it a try.

Manduh 2 years ago

Holy ZBOX Batman! Great prize and great sponsor! I probably won't have the time for massive posting so I'll just wish everyone else good luck LOL The person who wins this will be super stoked! Thanks HH, you guys really know how to keep your members happy! (and not just with prizes, with your positive, friendly attitudes too!! - best site and forum hands down!)

rrplay 2 years ago

[quote user="Manduh"]

Holy ZBOX Batman! Great prize and great sponsor! I ...... just wish everyone else good luck..... The person who wins this will be super stoked! Thanks HH, you guys really know how to keep your members happy!....(and not just with prizes, with your positive, friendly attitudes too!! - best site and forum hands down!)


Oh heck ya ! ManduHH  ! yep def agree to all the above in the edited quote ! HH sure knows how to bring it ! and it just a totally unique forum community and one this kats favorite hang outs   ... no doubt some lucky member is certainly going to be stoked ...winning the Zotac HTPC  !  let the games and fun begin  ! this one is sure going to be one heck of a ride ...just like every HH giveaway ! ...

*** In case you have noticed ManduHH  ,, you are one of my favs in this joint  as well as anywhere else I see ya ! Wink

CDeeter 2 years ago

This would make such a nice addition to my surround sound system. And I would finally be able to retire my HP a1017c that I'm currently using for an HTPC.

What's not too love? This thing has it all USB 3.0, WIFI, Blutooth, Ethernet, HDMI, Display port and more!

rrplay 2 years ago

[quote user="CDeeter"] ...What's not too love? This thing has it all USB 3.0, WIFI, Blutooth, Ethernet, HDMI, Display port and more!


yeah and no doubt you would def put it to some very good use  too with all that music and media stuff you are certainly well known to do too .:)


JOMA 2 years ago

Very solid looking HTPC. Good luck to all those who are entering. Should be a sweet system.

Aoshi 2 years ago

Came back to look at it. I'd love to see one of these in action!

CLau 2 years ago

I saw in the mall, it's sooo small, I can't believe my eyes such small size can hold so much computing power, wish I can win one of these!

realneil 2 years ago

[quote user="CLau"]I saw in the mall, it's sooo small,[/quote]

Yes, it's tiny, and also, it can be attached to the VESA mount on the back of a monitor or TV screen to be hidden from view.

How cool is that?

CBerry 2 years ago

I have been an avid user of plex for a while now. I LOVE it. It makes my current, modest sized, media library into an accessible resource for almost all my media devices. It also lets me share my library with friends as well as have their library shared with me.

The rub is finding a client machine that can be a part of a regular home entertainment system and be powerful enough to handle full bitrate bluray MKV's. The clients on OSX for some reason seem to have an eaier time, but the hardware needs for a windows machine are a bit steeper.

The main problem is getting the hardware decoding to work for all 3 main Bluray profiles (h.264,VC1, and MPEG2). This little box I have had my eye on it. I Think it has the guts to be exactly what I have been looking for in a Plex client machine. Also it would look great in an entertainment center.

Joseph Pianta 2 years ago

That's a cool little box-o-power.

Yeah I'd use it as a media server too. Set it up to share the NAS drive full of music and movies...

and allow the TV to be a quasi web machine too.

Zyperis 2 years ago

I would love to have this because I am in college and the laptop that I am using now is getting old and really slow. It is really fast and the fact that it can fit in your hand is impressive.

AHoover 2 years ago

The more I look at this machine the more impressed I am as to how much power they can fit in such a small area...

mrcapncaveman 2 years ago

Been wanting the ZBOX HTPC for awhile now, Maybe this is my chance.

TSiu 2 years ago

I can't believe its small size when I first saw it, I thought it's an external HDD , but it turns out to be full-featured PC, I am stunned!

MKalist 2 years ago

Aweseom giveaway, thanks Zotac and!

fat78 2 years ago

Cool device, and those are some pretty impressive specs for such a small device.

LHo 2 years ago

very small footprint and fully packed with features for HTPC, offers a basic PC and media experience without the need for bulky tower PCs, would be glad to own it and add to my living room

eanlove98 2 years ago

this would be so nice for gaming i wish i can win :-)

realneil 2 years ago

[quote user="eanlove98"]this would be so nice for gaming i wish i can win :-)[/quote]

Welcome to HotHardware.

This isn't really a gaming rig, but it's a great little HTPC. It can mount to the rear of your screen with the VESA mounts and then it's hidden.

Good luck in the contest.


eanlove98 2 years ago

plz let me win i need a good pc my is sucky it wont let me on any thing at all plz i need this

RandyZie 2 years ago

Good luck to all :D

stridakira 2 years ago

I would be able to install Steam on this, and make it my Indie game playing PC. Also to watch netflix.

JLiu 2 years ago

Hmm seems like a cool design, but will it overheat from over use? Itd be really cool to have though

JCosentino 2 years ago

Exactly what I need to fill the last sliver of empty space on my desk!

EJerez 2 years ago

Looks good for a mini-PC. Good luck to everyone.

phenom2 2 years ago

Too bad it's only for US people :(

JBrannon 2 years ago

Got the perfect place for this little dynamo in my living room!! Thanks for giving us a chance to win it.

SHilton 2 years ago

It would be awesome to win this

realneil 2 years ago

[quote user="SHilton"]

It would be awesome to win this



Yes, it would.


KLee 2 years ago

Great looking portable gadget. .

JDyNing 2 years ago

This would be great in the living room!

user08x 2 years ago

one of these things would be awesome

jewpoker 2 years ago

Sounds like an awesome idea. I hope the memory is expandable or perhaps I can connect a 2T hard drive? I have a lot of movies!

ICheuk 2 years ago

such small size can fit into palm of my hand, I don't mind place it next to my 55" TV and use it as HTPC, just add a bluetooth keyboard or mouse, and I can surf the internet on TV...amazing...

jojodaclown 2 years ago

I'm hoping the ATI graphics are enough to play back HD content. This little box looks like it's a good entry level HTPC.

realneil 2 years ago

It can play HD content without any issues.

FTsui 2 years ago

This Zbox has both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, a 7-in-1 memory card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/xD/MMC) and eSATA port, not to mention Bluetooth, WIFI and Ethernet connection. I am amazed such small footprint can pack so many features!

2 years ago

great very handy....

TSanchez 2 years ago

Sweeet~ with the size, you can carry it almost anywhere but one thing that bothers me is the heat it would produce when used in a longer time.

avalanzhe_hhw 2 years ago

Ideal for a good place to hangout, portable and easy to carry!

CDeeter 2 years ago

Come to me little Zotac!

realneil 2 years ago

I would call it Fi-Fi,.....and give the run of my Bedroom! (htcp)

CDeeter 2 years ago

I would love him and hug him and call him George! But I wouldn't banish him to the bedroom, living it up in the living room for my little guy! =)

nbaines74 2 years ago

I'd love to win it.

AWeiner 2 years ago

That is very sexy. I could totally use this in my setup

FVillalobos 2 years ago

Hey!!!! HotHardware and ZOTAC, where have you been all my life?!!!

AHoover 2 years ago

In some ways this would be an upgrade for me... This machine has a better hard drive than mine, USB 3, and an sd reader. I think the sd slot would be super handy cause then I wouldn't have to hunt down my sd-usb adapter every time I needed to use it.

BSmith2 2 years ago

Wow! Looks like some fun could be had with this. A PC smaller than a laptop.

fat78 2 years ago

Now I will be able to play solitaire on my flat screen.

NYeung 2 years ago

ZOTAC ZBOX nano AD12 Plus comes with all the connectivity I could wish for a nano PC, but I am not sure if AMD Radeon HD 7340 can handle basic gaming in mid-resolution...

fat78 2 years ago

It isn't Intended for gaming, it may only meet the minimum setting of Certain games.

realneil 2 years ago

[quote user="fat78"]It isn't Intended for gaming, it may only meet the minimum setting of Certain games.[/quote]

You're right, it's not a gaming box, but it would make an awesome HTCP and general purpose PC. I think that today is the last day to throw your hat into the ring for this little PC.

So good luck to all of you again!


KennySVG 2 years ago

Just recently I was dreaming about getting one of these to connect to a TV in my bedroom. These are so tiny it's easy to place them anywhere, love it!

fat78 2 years ago

October 5th came by fast and I have mid semester break from college so I am going to be watching for the winner all this week.

realneil 2 years ago

Have a contractor starting an accessibility project here Monday morning, so I have a lot to do to get ready for him to start.

I'll check every now and then.

CDeeter 2 years ago

Good luck everyone! And may the odds be ever in your favor.......or mine, yeah that's better! lol

JOMA 2 years ago

I come in just to see all the one post posters who are most likely one person. Makes me giggle.


Good luck all.

realneil 2 years ago

Any word yet?

CDeeter 2 years ago

Nope not yet. I've been checking every couple of hours too. lol

fat78 2 years ago

It probably will be tomorrow when the podcast is put up...or maybe not.

Drake_McNasty 2 years ago

So did I miss the announcement?? Who won this little diddy?

Marco C 2 years ago

Hoping to post tonight...stay tuned...

realneil 2 years ago

So tuned,...............LOL!

realneil 2 years ago

Any word on a winner yet?

(I can send my address any time you want me to)

rrplay 2 years ago

going to tune into some tunes

Best of Luck Everyone !

marco c 2 years ago

I know, I know---Finally! :)

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