This summer, small form-factor PC maker Shuttle introduced its smallest desktop computers to date. Now the first members of the Shuttle XPC nano NC01U family are available for purchase.

The little desktops feature Intel Broadwell processors, support for 4K content, and prices that start at around $160.

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The Shuttle XPC nano NC01U is available with a Celeron 3205U, Core i3-5005U, Core i5-5200U, or Core i7-5500U processor. Each mdoel has mini DisplayPort, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, RS-232, and USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports.

The systems support up to 16GB of RAM, and there’s room for a 2.5 inch drive and an M.2 SSD. On the bottom of the case there’s also an external PCI-Express slot that you can use to connect an extra drive, a graphics card, or other hardware that won’t fit in the compact case.

How compact are we talking? The computer measures 5.6″ x 5.6″ x 1.1″. That makes the system a little bigger than an Intel NUC (recent models measure about 4.5″x  4.3″ x 1.3″), but the inclusion of that external PCI-Express slot certainly makes Shuttle’s offering stand out.

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14 replies on “Shuttle NC01U mini PC with Intel Broadwell now available for $160 and up”

  1. A couple of cons:
    (1) no HDMI 2.0
    (2) m.2 slot is most likely sata or pcie 2.0
    (3) mini displayport (most monitors have full-size)
    (4) skylake is not far away
    h265 support is in Haswell, so broadwell is bringing nothing to the table there.

  2. How do they propose connecting PCIe cards (external power, encolsures and ribbon cables)?

  3. Hey Brad – I found these in the channel. No stock yet, but here is a list of MFG# part numbers and reseller cost. I’m really interested in the fact these have an external PCIe slot.

  4. Okay, I guess I’m not up on my small form computer modules. What is the module that is somewhat buried in the device that is installed at the 2:10 mark, and what is the module that is more accessible at the 2:30 mark? They both appear to be ram to my uninformed eyes.

    1. They both appear to be RAM modules to me. Any of these chips should indeed support dual channel RAM. Why they set it up to be such a PITA to get to the 2nd bank is beyond me but I suppose it makes sense in some way other than user access.
      All in all this thing looks like a PITA to work with comparative to a lot of other small systems. But I suppose you aren’t in there all that much so not the end of the world I guess.

        1. I didn’t even notice if that was a company video. If it is then that is a nice simple customer service notion to simply have an informative video up on Youtube. I appreciate companies which think like that.

      1. i assume the RAM modules are placed the way they are because that was the most cost effective way to keep the device as small as possible without compromising other things, like cooling. These are barebones systems, so they already come with an expectation that customers will have to open up the cover and install their own memory and SSD, and in the vast majority of cases, it’s a one-time operation.

        1. Yes, I assume they had some reason. It’s not uncommon to see dual RAM modules like this stacked atop each other though. I agree, and also said, that you don’t have to go in there often. It’s still not as user friendly as a lot of other designs.
          Frankly if I was the only customer and they asked me if I wanted to have to remove the motherboard and flip it over and remove an overlapping daughter-board to get to the second RAM bank or if I’d rather have the case be an inch taller to facilitate cooling – I’d take the taller case.
          You are right that I would probably only do it once or perhaps a couple times over the life of the machine. However the case being slightly bigger would not have an effect on my usage at all, ever.

          1. Yeah, but it does impact the sales pitch and what the reviewers think, which is most of what matters when you’re trying to stand out in the crowd.

          2. That’s valid. For me, even if I only ever go in there one time, I’d prefer less chance to break all the little tiny things with my big meat paws.

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