Something that may not be obvious in the various photos of the Zonbu is the searing blue LED power light on the front.
I just got back from dinner with friends and when I walked in the house, the only source of light was my mighty Zonbu.
That little pin-hole light was bathing my living room in an errie blue glow.
To say it is bright is an understatement. Believe it or not, my Mother has a strong opinion on this…
That eerie glow
A few years ago I helped my Mom pick out a new PC.
She went with an entry level e-Machines system from the local electronics superstore.
While she has enjoyed the PC and it has met all of her needs, there is one thing that drives her nuts. The blue light ring that surrounds the “e” logo on the front.
Like a lot of people, she puts her machine in stand-by when she goes to bed. She doesn’t want to have to wait for it to boot the next time she comes back.
Frustratingly, the blue light glows on and off when the machine is in stand-by, and that irritates her at night when she’s doing other things around the house that don’t involve the PC.
It bothers her so much that she’s asked me what I can do to “fix” it. Repeatedly.
I did some quick Googling and found a LOT of people complained about this light.
The suggestions seemed to be either paint it black with an indelible marker, put a piece of black tape over it, or simply snip the power wire inside the case.
Zonbu: Always on – always lit
I talked before about instant-on strategies for the Zonbu, and basically concluded there isn’t really a compelling reason to turn it off, except perhaps over night. Other than that, it uses so little power you can just shut off the monitor and speakers and leave it running.
It doesn’t get any more instant on than that.
The problem is, if the unit is on, that furniture melting light is on as well.
That is going to annoy my Mother and a lot of other people too.
Real life with the Zonbu Mini-PC
This may seem like nit-picking but this is the kind of thing that comes up when you’re living with a piece of equipment versus testing it.
Don’t believe me? I did a quick google search on the issue to illustrate my point.
I think the light is stylish and it looks ok, but it will definitely be an asethetc irritation over the long term.
Something more muted would be a good idea on the next spin of the hardware.