2. Meet the Shuttle XS 3510MA
The Shuttle XS 3510MA is listed at Shuttle's website for €622 (including VAT), with an option to add a Blu-Ray optical drive (+€113) & a VESA mounting kit (+€9.00). The optional VESA75/100 wallmount allows it to be installed on to walls or just affixed on the rear side of a monitor.We can say that the retail price is high enough for the provided computing power, but as usually happens, the more compact in size a system gets, the higher the price goes.
The retail box that arrived in our labs was very simple as you can see in the picture below:
Zooming at the specification label, we see that the device is based on an Intel Atom D510 Dual Core, it has a 2.5" 500GB HDD, 2GB of DDR2, a DVD-RW recorder and runs on Windows 7 Home Premium edition OS:
Everything inside the box and placed into protective packaging:
The retail package includes:
- The XS 3510MA unit
- 1x power adapter fanless
- 1x power cord
- 1x printed multi-language user guide
- 1x base stand for the XS 3510MA
- 1x CD-ROM with Nvidia 32-bit / 64-bit Drivers
- 1x DVD-ROM with drivers
What we didn't like about the package was the fact that you don't get a DVD-ROM with Windows 7, in case you need to install the OS again.
Let's now examine the XS 3510MA device. The total weight of the unit is just 1.27 Kg, , without any HDD or optical drive installed. The base stand weights around 450gr. That makes a sum of a 1.70kg for a whole system, which is very low. Designed as a space-saver, the1.5 litre nettop PC only measures 25.2 x 16.2 x 3.85 cm (DxHxW) without the stand and 25.2 x 18.5 x 10.04 cm (DxHxW) with the stand installed. Due to its design, Shuttle highly suggests to place the system always upright using either its stand or the optional VESA mount. Ventilation holes must not be blocked to ensure sufficient cooling. In order to install the stand you need to use the included screw.
The device's case is made out of hard plastic. At the top side you a "Shuttle" logo and many ventilation holes that also contribute to a unique look:
The front panel includes on/off/reset switch (left), the optical drive bay (slimline format), the 4-in-1 card reader slot (SDHC, SD, MS and MS-pro memory cards) and finally a USB2.0 port.
The rear panel has many inputs/outputs as they are described below. We would like to have more USB ports at the front side, since the 4x USB ports at the back can be already occupied with a USB mouse/keyboard and users won't have much options for more devices.