Pros: -Will run anything you throw at it as long as you're not trying to push 4k 144hz.
-Slim design and eye catching aesthetic.
-Comes with a mechanical keyboard if you didn't already have one.
-Comes packaged with a windows 10 re-image disc (this was hilarious to me at first) and a USB drive with literally every driver you will need if you reformat.
Now the GAMES! (all games tested at 1920x1080@144hz)
-World of Warcraft: [oooxx] 100fps avg / 50c
Level 10 on graphics and I haven't seen it drop below 60fps. Couldn't give it more than 3 eggs on this game because most people are using 120hz+ monitors now and this PC can't pump a constant 120fps on max settings. That's just as much the developers fault though so this could change in the future.
-Counterstrike: [ooooo] 299+fps / 48c
Max graphics and it NEVER drops below 250. So its a butter smooth ride if you're playing at 144hz. Leave that motion blur off though.
-DOOM: [ooooo] 188fps avg / 38c
Max graphics and ran a butter smooth 160-200+ FPS the entire ride. It's DOOM man. This PC destroys it!
-OVERWATCH: [oooox] 299fps? / 38c
Max graphics and I think it has an internal fps limit because it just smacks the ceiling at 299 fps. 4/5 because it will snag a bit when you spin to fast but only at 144hz and I think that's just the game not the PC.
-Destiny 2: [oooxx] n/a
This would have got all 5 eggs but it seems the developers have messed with something and it really likes to hang up at 144hz. I'm sure this will get fixed though.
-Witcher 3 [ooooo] n/a
So this is the big daddy of tests IMO. This game can drive down FPS pretty hard in a lot of places. Now I didn't really expect much from this considering I have seen 1060s get bogged down by this game. BUT IT KILLED IT! 5/5
-GTAV [ooooo] n/a
Maxed out graphics and FPS. You will have no issues here.
Cons: -Now. Why I gave it 4/5.
-Out of the box it WAS NOT plug-and-play. At least mine was not. Now to get into this further and how I fixed most issues.
Neither the front or the back ports worked out of the box.
I used the USB to reinstall the driver and still no dice.
So after a bit I figured to check the bios. This is where it almost got 3 stars. All the features were turned off. I mean ALL OF THEM. Every option was set to "disabled" I'm not really sure how the PC got past post in the first place.
So I had to (after windows was done updating which took forever) go through the bios and enabling everything I needed to.
So if you are having issues out of the box there this is the fix.
-Something that came up later is the 1TB HDD included isnt seen by windows. However I'm not going to knock an egg off of that because that's Windows 10's fault and not the PC.
^^^^^The fix for this is in the FAQ section for this product ^^^^^^
-The lighting software package is buggy at best. Not knocking an egg because this beast is still a baby and it could get fixed.
Overall Review: -Don't ship a windows re-image disc with a PC that doesn't have a optical drive! LOL! A USB like you put the drivers on would have worked perfect. Most people don't have an external disc drive.
-Work on the lighting software. Its buggy and unresponsive at times, but still gets the job done I guess.
-With the PC being able to have RGB lighting why just send a blue lighting keyboard that doesn't since up with Spectra? Lost chance there.
Overall this is a great PC and worth every dime.
Pros: Shipping took 2 days.
Quiet and fast.
Cons: Have none atm.
Overall Review: I got mine today as far as I can tell it’s plug n play. Everything seems to be up and running. The machine is surprisingly quiet. Quite happy with my purchase so far. Download times are FAST!
Pros: - Great design, with slick slim case that goes well with its lighting design. Definitely an eye candy.
- It was very easy to set up. If you have any problems about initializing your 1TB hdd, you can always visit ZOTAC website for the guide they provided.
- Super quiet.
- The system is clean without any bloatwares installed. Definitely a thumbs up!
- For a pre-built small form factor, it has great specs for its price.
- Peripherals that are included are of decent quality. (Mechanical Keyboard and Light mice)
Cons: - Not a plug and play system out of the box and that is understandable since you need to update Windows which could take a few minutes to several hours. Other than that, it works like a charm.
Overall Review: - Great small form system, I would definitely recommend this PC for someone who couldn't build their own.
Pros: I mainly bought this for the size. I now have a Cooler Master Haf case and 2 monitors and a TV and printer all connected. I was looking for a computer desk with storage - unavailable for full tower.
2. SSD to boot and 1TB for storage
3. GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (handles up to 4 monitors)
4. Bluetooth 4.2 built-in
5. Mouse and Keyboard included
6. very quiet
7. Like the lights keyboard, mouse, and tower and they can be dimmed
8. I bought a Wavelink dual bay dock for data transfer but I was surprised Outlook and Chrome settings would transfer after logging in to Google/Microsoft and Waterfox profile would transfer with flash drive. Office 365 set up automatically.
9. VR ready (when technology improves and price drops)"Participating in the ZOTAC MEK1 Experience.” Maybe I can win a HTC VIVE VR
Cons: 1. no DVD drive (I'm lucky to have external DVD drive)
2. SATA cable to storage drive disconnected and would not recognize - had to take the case apart but it wasn't difficult
3. User manual minimal - I had to watch YouTube to get the door open for the power button and I still don't know if the feet are removable or if I needed to buy Display port to DVI cables active link or if HDMI 2 cables are needed
4. It required several HOURS to load and update Windows 10 64 Home
5. Wireless keyboard and mouse would be nice esp. when having 2 computers set up while transferring.
Overall Review: I would recommend the MEK1. There were comments about the price but to build this I doubt you could do better than $1599. The graphics card alone for GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is $899. I bought the extended warranty but factory warranty is for 2 years on computer and 1 year on mouse and keyboard. I do miss a fan controller and DVD drive and I don't have an audio system attached for 7.1 audio output. I will wait and see about reliability.
Pros: I liked that this system is slim, has interesting RGB lighting, does not look like a Transformer like so many game systems to. My favorite part was that it came with a GTX 1070 Ti during a time when video cards were either insane or unavailable. I guess it's relatively fast, but I'm not a benchmarking guru who would really know. I just wanted to play a few games in 2K and I heard the 1070 Ti would get me there.
Cons: There are a lot of fans in this box which just barely keep it cool when you need it most, so it's a little bit noisy, but bearable. Some side panel fans like to rub on wires which are not tied back. This will drive you insane until you take it apart to find out where the noise is coming from. Good luck getting the side panels off because they are tethered closely to the case by the same (short) wires you discover need to be tied back. You won't easily find success in this mission.
The keyboard and mouse (which come with the system) will randomly not power on when you boot up. You need to reach around back to unplug/plug them so they can be recognized. Don't worry, it's only 50% of the time, so you will be happy half of the time when you luck out. There is no manual, no BIOS reset, no useful info online.
Thirty three days into my ownership the whole system dies. No more NewEgg return at this point. After trying to figure out how to earn my RMA from their website. I had the pleasure of paying seventy five bucks to send it back. The silver lining is that I didn't have to spend much time with the tech assistance (for RMA permission) because there was no signs of life to troubleshoot. Zotac keeps it for the whole 30 days, and they warn you about this up front. That's good communication. Then they ruin it by sending you an email telling you your RMA has failed. You will become very concerned until you realize they are just telling your your system is dead... which you already knew. It ships back pretty fast after that.
Keyboard and mouse are still randomly dead after each power on, but at least I can move forward with my plans.
Still a worry, hard drive light is on 90% of the time (before and after the RMA).
Lighting is pretty cool, but the software is buggy.
Overall Review: Feeling kind of stupid since I haven't even played the game I bought this system for in the first place.
Pros: Quiet, Powerful, Small form factor
Cons: Storage drive wasn't initialized but it really only takes a few minutes to get that done. Just a odd oversight. Bigger deal for someone who doesn't know how to do that.
Overall Review: I have to say, as far as pre-builts go this is about as good as its going to get. Great thermals as far as I can tell so far, destroys anything I throw at it and running the OS off a NVMe SSD is such a breath of fresh air.