Shuttle recently launched the XPC nano NC01U line of tiny desktop computers, starting with a $160 barebones model featuring an Intel Celeron Broadwell processor. While that’s a pretty attractive price for an entry-level computer, the barebones model doesn’t include memory, storage, or an operating system.

Now Shuttle has a model that comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed.

The new Shuttle XPC Nano Windows 10 Home Edition has a list price of $279, although CDW is already offering it for a few bucks off.

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The computer has just 2GB of RAM and 32GB of solid state storage, so this is still very much an entry-level computer. But at least you don’t need to supply any hardware yourself (other than a keyboard, mouse, and display).

Other features include 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports. It also has mini DisplayPort and HDMI, and support for ultra HD displays.

Under the hood the computer can handle up to 16GB of RAM and has room for a 2.5 inch, 7mm storage drive and/or an M.2 solid state drive.

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12 replies on “Shuttle launches XPC nano Windows 10 mini PC for $279”

  1. Do they jam Win10 64-bit down your throat then stick you wit a measly un-upgradeable 2GB of SDRAM? That seems to be the trend out here in SE Asia. Be careful…

    1. I was a bit worried when I saw my new 2GB T100HA came with 64-bit instead of 32-bit Windows, but actually it’s running just fine.

      Maybe one expects more from a desktop, but this is clearly aimed and priced at the low end.

  2. 32GB of m.2 seems a bit light for Win10. You could max out the ssd with just the addition of ms office. It looks like they are getting Win10 for free by keeping it 32GB or less. Charging $279 seems a bit much when similarly equipped chromeboxes are $100 less. For me, this box is under-spec (for a Win10 box) and over-priced at it’s current configuration.

    1. What similar priced box allows you to install an SSD (or M.2 drive) and 16GB of ram?

      1. The Chromeboxes.. at least the ASUS one. They can handle a M.2 drive and 16GB. The HP is limited to 8GB, since it only has a single memory slot. The chromeboxes ship with a 16GB m.2 drive, so you would have to upgrade that, and buy windows. Which brings you to about the same price. But, Shuttle is not paying $100 to put Windows on the device. $15 was the amount that it supposedly cost to put it on a ‘Windows on an HDMI stick’ device.

        https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IT1WJZQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00IT1WJZQ&linkCode=as2&tag=bradlindsdigi-20

        1. The memory limitation is usually imposed by the CPU. Some of the low power CPUs can’t even take 8GB.

        2. Chromebox comparisons are a bit strained at best… Chrome systems are partly subsidized by Google because they don’t need to make money off the hardware sale as they make money off the users actually using their services and apps…

          This is one of the reasons why Google actually makes more money off iOS users than the entire Android market…

          Just because you don’t see the whole price at the beginning doesn’t mean you aren’t winding up paying more down the line… Whether it be from actual costs to you or money the companies make off you from things like ad revenue, selling user data, etc. prices aren’t always clear cut when comparing different platforms…

          Besides, some Chrome systems also make it hard to change the firmware and the default firmware may not allow you to install anything else except maybe another Linux based OS… You may luck out with some but that’s not something that can be counted on and most users shouldn’t gamble unless they can be sure and have the technical know-how to make the changes needed…

          But most users never change the OS that their system comes with, let alone modify it… So out of the box user experience and options do matter to many even if it doesn’t matter to you…

        3. But you can’t really install windows on chromeboxes without hacking them, and even then you invariably lose out on some functionality or something ends up not working correctly.

          For the amount of time wasted on trying to get windows to work on a chrome machine, I’d rather pay the price premium on a real PC, preferably a barebones of some sort, which in some cases can be cheaper than a chromebox.

    2. No, you can fit the OS and Office on less than 20 GB and W10 doesn’t increase drive usage like W8 did over time with many updates replacing previous ones instead of adding to them… and the drive can be compressed to a higher level than before and doesn’t need a big recovery partition that alone saves users around 8GB of drive space compared to W8…

      But, if you want a media collection or install a lot of desktop apps then yes… you could run out of space then… Just not by Office alone…

      That said, you could get a similar configured device for less but to be fair Shuttle isn’t a big seller of PC’s… mostly a parts seller, motherboards, cases, etc. So they may have a higher than normal unit cost for making their own systems…

      1. Note that Windows 8 cleaned out old updates too, the problem of accumulating updates was with 7 (though maybe 10 improves on this further?). But yes 10 takes up even less space than 8.

        1. W8 didn’t really clean out all the old updates, at least nowhere near enough to prevent updates from eventually eating up a good chunk of the free space over time…

          So W10 definitely improves on this, replacing just about all files with newer files… Plus side is even if you decide to restore the system to a fresh state all the updates will still remain in place… something you couldn’t do with W8…

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