ZOTAC ZBOX SPHERICAL MINI-PC – COMPUTING GETS A CHARMING JINX
Mini, energetic and looker:
Zotac has always striven toward making desktop PC’s smaller and smarter and has arrived with yet another paladin ZBox O1520 Sphere Plus. With innovation in continuum PC’s have become smaller and neater. The global market leaders of motherboards, graphics cards and mini-PC’s, Zotac have gone a mile ahead by creating a miniature PC, spherical in shape and alluring to the eyes.
Herculean power in a small package:
The ZBox O1520 Sphere Plus is way too powerful for its size and houses an Intel 4th Generation Core i5 4200U processor along with Intel HD 4400 Graphics. With the new Sphere Plus, Zotac is leading ahead of the convention box form factor and O1520 is the first gorgeous example. With the blue glowing LED strip along the circumference, that renders a demonic look, ZBox O1520 Sphere Plus resemble the Google Nexus Q amply but is certainly mightier. The behavior of LED strip can be customized to choose between conventional on-off with the machine, or pulse, follow or completely off using the system BIOS.
Flexibility in placement and multiple connectivity options:
Measuring just 154mm X 154mm X 161mm, ZBox bags enough space to conquer a 2.5-inch SATA Hard Drive or an SSD and two SO-DIMM DDR3L slots for making a blazing fast and uber-stylish PC that is small enough to hide within your TV booth due to its size and be the stylish Living room PC. Adding an mSATA SSD along with the internal drive can result in fiery boot sessions. Although plastic is the primary material of construction, ZBox has premium panache adhering to it. ZBox has an inbuilt 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip as well as Ethernet port that maximize connectivity options. Bluetooth 4.0 also allows making the most out of the Sphere Plus without being reliant on wires.
At the rear side we outputs for HDMI and DisplayPort, audio jacks for microphone and headset, a universal 4-in-1 card reader with support for SD, MMC, SDXC and SDHC cards. Apart from these the Sphere Plus also dons 4 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports and the power button.
Doesn’t play Modern Warfare, but plays 1080p videos sleekly:
Albeit, the Sphere Plus doesn’t come loaded with any operating system so you would have to buy either a copy of Windows, or install a free Linux OS. Zotac extends support up to Windows 8.1 and the drivers are provided along in a USB drive which is benign as it doesn’t sport a built in optical drive. Sadly the on-board graphics are not sufficient for 3D gaming, nor is there efficacy to add a high-performance one. But the ZBox plays full HD videos seamlessly, thanks to plentiful RAM.
Five well-placed rubber feet give ZBox Sphere Plus a profound stability and vents at the bottom and rear hear help the fan to propel most heat away. A quick twist unlocks the spherical cap to the interiors. ZBox O1520 Sphere Plus is acutely a robust device and can present amazing utility in areas of limited space or vital neatness.
Screens of the Future:
There were times in the past until smartphones donned the virtue of addiction,in that Lords and Ladies carried ferried newspapers rolled up and conserved in their coat pockets. The near future shall see rolled up digital screens that could be hoisted anywhere to cherish moments of bash. LG has recently come up with such a foldable and flexile 18-inch screen prototype.
Paper-thin and Portable:
The paper thin screen rolls up into a tube of 3 cm and boasts a resolution of 1200X800. The technology mammoth claimed this is a high molecular substance-based polyimide surface panel with gives it a distinguished ability to bend up to a curvature radius of 30 radians. This screen may marble the path for development ofmore than 50-inches screen in future, reportedly said the company. Perhaps the most enticing feature that this screen has is the ability to function even while being folded. This may be a future weapon for extension and plasticity of displays beside portability of personal entertainment devices.
Pioneering the Science of Flexible Virtual Entertainment:
The witchcraft behind this gizmo is the Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays deject use of any backlight as in case of a normal LED display which makes it possible to produce extremely thin and flexible displays, which we might witness flooding the market in various forms like plastics, metal foils and flexible glass. Recently both Samsung and LG have thrived development goals by successfully launching smartphones like the Galaxy Roundand LG G-Flex having curved as well as slightly bendable screens. However, LG recently fared better by producing a flexible LED TV that can change shape by nudging a button on the remote control besides realizing this foldable display.
Jargons and Figures of foldable OLED displays:
LG’s senior Vice President and LG’s R&D Centre’s Head In-Byung Kang buoyantly said that they are confident about developing Ultra HD flexible displays and transparent OLED screens by 2017. LG also plans to revamp production lines in upcoming years and is a strong believer that by 2015, about 12 per cent smart phones would be flexible. This figure is expected to elevate to a stunning 40 per cent by 2018. LG employs a plastic substrate for this flexible nature of the display. A film-type encapsulation technology is applied and attached with a back film panel for protection that dubs it unbreakable and remarkably limber.
A new Transparent Member of the Family:
LG also boasted transparent OLED display with a transmittance of more than 40 per cent, which can find its way in future as glasses or windows at offices and homes to cameo as interactive displays. Moreover, these could also be commissioned as automobile windshields to give esprit to car navigation or entertainment systems. Whatever these may turn out in the future, looking out of the windows would be much more than just spiritual.
Ploy vs. Deploy – A Matter of Pricing:
This would appear as another gimmick to not-so-tech-friendly kin of ours, legitimately not much of advancement when it comes to televisions screens, but could be very efficient in convenience of cartable nature of entertainment gadgets or learning aid. The decision shall obscure until lavish pricing levitates some pockets.
Samsung’s ditto legacy:
Picking the breadcrumbs dropped by Apple, Samsung followed its way into the woods, on a road made with baked bricks and starting working on a 64-bit CPU smartphone last year after the release of world’s first smartphone with 64-bit CPU, the iPhone 5S but much unknowingly about whether android users even need a 64-bit processor chip in their device. Much of a joyride for Samsung as Google recently announced that their latest version of the Android operating System, Android L will support a 64-bit CPU.
Samsung SM-G5308W Specifications and competitors:
Recently images of GFXBench benchmarks stats of the new Samsung mid-range smart phone pepped up with debutant 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragron 410 chipset leaked onto the web. This device is currently dubbed SM-G5308W and will sport a quad-core processor chip clocked at 1.2GHz. Flaunting a 5-inch display with a resolution of 540X960p, the device will have a 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The device will try to woo part-time snappers with its 8MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie drudge. The graphics will be skyrocketed with the Adreno 360 graphics processor chip. Android 4.4 will run out of the box while an in-lodge 64-bit architecture chip will shall be eligible for the next big android update set to roll out by the fall this year.
The rumoured Samsung Galaxy F will Samsung’s flagship device to be sporting a 64-bit processor while SM-G5308W only finds its competition among mid-range devices like HTC One Mini 2 and the Sony Xperia Z1 compact and upcoming Z3 compact, relying on the GFXBench data. No talks have adored the battery on the new Samsung smartphone but it should be expected to be at least 1800 mAh.
The Dearth for 64-bit:
But the question that perplexes everyone, even the electronic giant itself, is do we really need a 64-bit CPU? The answer is plausibly NO! Although the Vice President of marketing Kyushik Hong said that they wish to be at the front foot and be ready in advance as 64-bit is presumably the next big thing in smartphones market and their chips would be ready when the Android environment takes a drift to the newer ecosystem. Unquestionably, it is an example of chicken race where one brand has it and others are just coping along.
Why do we Adore 64-bit?
So what makes a 64-bit enviable? 32-bit chips can support up to a maximum memory of 4GB and 64-bit up to 16 Exabytes or theoretically 16 billion Gigabytes, boom! With the Galaxy Note sporting a 3GB RAM already, Android devices are set to break this barrierwithin an year although Apple devices housing the 64-bit A7 chip only have 1GB RAM currently and are likely to catch up as well in two-three years. But the real question assimilates our need of RAM and not how much we can add to a device. With rowing dependency on smartphones for all the chores and extensive multi-tasking the tech-ravenous clique may soon need an upgrade.
We can barely speak of its effectiveness until it hits the markets, until then let’s remunerate our greed for higher speed with the benchmarks only.