Zotac Steam Machine ZBOX NEN SN970 Review
Published: 20th November 2015 | Source: Zotac | Price: £799.99 @ OCUK |
First Look and Impressions
When we received this PC for review the office filled with nostalgia, unboxing this Steam Machine felt very different than the usual products that we look at. Memories of opening up a new PS3 or other consoles flowed back and the excitement associated with something new and different couldn't help but bring excitement.
On the outside this PC looks very console like, which is appropriate given this PC purpose. On the box we see the Steam Controller and are given plenty of details about the hardware inside. We are not reviewing the box, so it didn't take long before the external packaging was disguarded so that we could finally have a look at Zotac's first Steam Machine.
Zotac's NEN SN970 is very well packaged, with the internals providing plenty of support for the main unit while still allowing the unit to be easily accessed. Upon taking the main unit out of the box itself we were immediately greeted by a Steam Logo, which was a very nice touch.
When it comes to the accessories and documentations we are provided everything we could possibly need to use this unit, from batteries, wired cable and USB dongle for the provided Steam Controller, all the way to Windows Drivers which are provided in USB and CD form, which is something that we have been asking PC builders to do for years.
We have also been provided with both EU and UK power plugs, allowing us to use this unit across Europe without a power adapter.
One important thing to not here regarding the Steam controller is that we have been provided with the exact same set of accessories here as I did when I purchased my own standalone Steam Controller, meaning that Zotac did not skip on the accessories in order to save some money. Zotac could have easily placed the USB dongle inside the unit themselves, or not included some of these accessories, but it goes a long way to giving this unit a high quality feel.
A side benefit of Zotac giving us the Steam Controller dongle Separately is that it allows us to use it on other PCs if we need to and doesn't needlessly restrict our Steam controller for use with just this Machine.