Shuttle ships ultra-compact XS35 nettop series with Ion 2

By on August 19, 2010, 7:32 PM
Shuttle has launched its latest ultra-compact nettop PC, the XS35. Already on virtual shelves around the Web, the 1.5-inch thick machine comes in three preconfigured flavors to accommodate various budgets: one "made for every day" ($220) another "for media" ($280) and the last is "for HD" ($380). They're all outfitted with a dual-core 1.66GHz Intel Atom D510 CPU, built-in 802.11n wireless, five USB ports, VGA-out, and a 4-in-1 card reader.

The least expensive model (XS35-702) uses Intel's integrated GMA 3150 graphics and has 1GB of memory, 160GB of storage, and an empty optical drive bay. At the midway point, the XS35-704 gets you 2GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, and a DVD drive, while the XS35GT-804 throws in Nvidia's Ion 2 GPU and a 500GB hard drive. All are passively cooled (no fans), can be mounted behind a flat panel display, and the latter can handle 1080p video.

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Midgetmax Midgetmax said:

I hate when these discriptoions say "for HD" when it doesn't have a bluray player....

dummybait said:

uh...It just means that the graphics card included, is able to handle HD playback, be it streaming for example HD videos on youtube...etc....

Arris Arris said:

You have to wonder where this fits in. Considering many companies already have HD streaming media players on the market on smaller form factors and power usage, and this offering from Shuttle doesn't really seem to be in the high end HTPC area. Sony have internet capability built into some of their newer TVs, not sure that will take off but you have to wonder where this product fits between media steaming devices and HTPCs. I wish all the hardware companies would get together than agree on some sort of standard. So much redundancy. Internet on TV, internet via console, media streaming via console, media streaming/IPTV via set top box (Sky, BTVision, VirginMedia etc. etc.), internet and media streaming via HTPC(and now we have wireless video coming too so more people might have their PCs hooked up to TVs as well as their monitors...). I have a feeling a lot of people are going to be left with betamax devices :P

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