It seems that backpack PC has just become one of the latest trends as several manufacturers have begun to announce their own take on the new form factor. One such company is ZOTAC who actually showcases its backpack PC which is called Portable VR here at Computex 2016.
Compared to other manufacturers such as MSI and HP, ZOTAC’s prototype is looks more rudimentary as it is essentially a mini PC inside a mesh backpack. Don’t be fooled by its appearance though as ZOTAC Portable VR is actually derived from its high performance Magnus EN980 Mini PC which is powered by an Intel Core i5-6400 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM.
In order to turn the mini PC into a backpack PC, ZOTAC took away the liquid cooling and implemented air cooling into it instead as well as battery pack and wireless display dongle to actually make it portable. According to the ZOTAC’s staff at its Computex booth, the prototype weights 4.5kg and has 1.5 hours’ worth of battery life.
Given that it is only a prototype (a comfortable one, that is), ZOTAC has yet to put any official pricing on its Portable VR but we were informed that the company is hoping to release the finalized version by Q4 this year.