2. Opening the package
The Shuttle X2700B costs around €473 (+VAT) as found at Shuttle's website. However the actual price of the device can vary depending on the hardware/software configuration you may choose (Windows Vista Home/Premium, memory setup and included 2.5" HDD drive).
Zooming at the specification label found on the retail box, we can see that the specific configuration includes an Intel Atom 330 Dual Core, a 2.5" 320GB HDD, 2GB of DDR2 memory, a DVD-RW recorder and Windows Vista Home Basic.
In the box the X2700B is well packaged and secured:
The package includes:
- The X2700B itself
- 1x power adapter fanless
- 1x power cord
- 1x printed multi-language user guide,
- 1x CD-ROM with 32-bit / 64-bit Drivers
- 1x DVD-ROM with Windows Vista Home Basic with DVD Playback Pack
- 2x cable for SATA (pre installed)
As you can see there aren't many goodies included, since most of them are already pre-installed. The good thing is that Shuttle is offering a DVD-ROM with Windows Vista Home Basic designed for the Shuttle users. The disc is not the retail disc we have get used from Microsoft, so we assume its a special build with #SN and drivers pre-installed. Alternatively you can still install Windows XP and Shuttle provides such drivers for download at their website.
Let's now examine the device itself. The total weight of the box, without any HDD or optical drive installed is just 2.7kg. Assuming that the used HDD, the memory kits and the DVDRW drive come up to 800gr~1kg, the whole package should weight around 3.5~4.0kg. Not bad for a complete box.
The mirror front face is made out of plastic and it it covers the DVDRW drive and the front panel inputs.
The side panels have a honey beam design that allows the produced heat to escape from the internal.
The rear side of the device includes the connection ports:.
As you can see in the picture below, both the HD and the DVDRW drives are placed on a metal chassis and are kept above the main board:
Let's now take a closer look at the main board. Nothing exciting here if you ask me. Two copper heat sinks cover the northbridge and dual core Intel Atom processor. A small fan is used in the CPU's heatsink.
The pre-installed SATA cables are connected to the HDD and DVDRE drive. Both components can be easily installed or uninstalled. In case you need to install an IDE device, you may power it up by the SATA power cable using the included adapter.
Below you can see the single DDR2 memory slot (memory module installed) and the ATA port:.
So what's missing here? We could say an HDMI port, but it isn't supported by the installed Intel 945G graphics chipset. Perhaps in the future we will see other configurations that will offer better media center capabilities.
We also liked that Shuttle has included PS2 ports for both mouse/keyboard. On the other hand, we would like to see more USB ports and BT on board...