Zotac Steam Machine ZBOX NEN SN970 Review

First look and contents

Zotac Steam Machine SN970 Review

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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Most Recent Comments

20-11-2015, 04:33:27

Wraith
Impressive! I can honestly see these machines becoming the death of consoles in the future, or at least the kick up the back side that Sony or Microsoft need to actually make games consoles attractive to the enthusiasts among us, but then again what would be the point in a console that has a 12 year shelf life, where's the profit in that.Quote

20-11-2015, 04:35:04

King of Old Old School
Can anyone say Console Killer Quote

20-11-2015, 05:19:25

stiff77
Quote:
Originally Posted by King of Old School View Post
Can anyone say Console Killer
It's £799.99

That's an Xbox One, A PS4 and £200 for games.

It's not killing anything. I can build a faster machine that is slightly bigger for less than this.Quote

20-11-2015, 05:28:01

Wraith
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Originally Posted by stiff77 View Post
It's £799.99

That's an Xbox One, A PS4 and £200 for games.

It's not killing anything. I can build a faster machine that is slightly bigger for less than this.
Aye but PC games are cheaper and have many many early access sites offering better prices compared to the mandatory £49.99 console game RRP, no online subscription fees, Steam library far out wieghs the level of titles available on consoles, with those savings alone it's a bonus. Admittedly Yes you could indeed build a Steam machine yourself for less and greater spec so again win win. I can still personnaly see Steam machines killing the console market.Quote

20-11-2015, 07:15:17

clownfromhell
I would love to see some benchmarks on this machine running Windows 10. I seriously consider buying it (I dig the form factor and I own and love a Zotac HTPC) for 1080p gaming on a TV, but I don't intend to ruin my experience with a subpar OS (and gamepad - Xbox One controller with a dongle is a must).Quote
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