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It has been over two weeks now since I started playing with the Zonbu. My first foray was under VMWare and then my actual hardware arrived. I thought it might be a good time to get some summary thoughts and
observations out, as much has happened during that time. Consider this
my mid-term review of the Zonbu.
Without further adieu, the good and the bad of Real Life with the Zonbu Mini-PCâ€¦
Itâ€™s all about context
When I originally purchased my Zonbu, I believed I was buying it as a fully baked commercial product. The company has since come forward and clarified that they consider the hardware to be final, but that the software is considered â€œBetaâ€ at this stage. This is an important distinction, as it tells us the lens through which we much view the current status of the product.
The Zonbu lives up to most of its major promises. It is utterly silent, something I value more than I expected. Now if
I could just quiet the fridge, the A/C, the water cooler and my ceiling
fans. Why does no one talk about noise pollution?
It uses very little power, consuming only mildly more, when running, than my desktop PC does when in standby. With that kind of savings I can afford to leave the unit fully
powered on when Iâ€™m home, and only power it down at night. â€œInstant-onâ€
access to the web. Eco-friendly meets instant gratification?
The performance I experience, in sharp contrast to the WSJ Mossberg review,
has actually been very good. Applications start quickly, I can do some
basic multi-tasking (provided Iâ€™m not playing back video), and the
system feels responsive. There has not been any material delay in
getting my work done. The software selection is reasonable, although a number of updates are needed (and expected soon) to bring things up to current.
The box seems best suited as a day-to-day Internet access device,
with the office applications and other plug-ins supporting all the
typical tasks you might experience over the run of a week. Iâ€™ve not attempted to do any serious office work with the device
yet, although I have been maintaining this blog from the device. If your work is primarily web/Internet based, including opening
office attachments, PDFs, etc. then the device is hard to beat for the
Iâ€™m happy with mine, pending a few updates.Continue the Review