Small form-factor PC (and case) maker Shuttle is now offering a new low-power mini PC called the Shuttle DS437. It’s a fanless system with an Intel Celeron 1037 dual-core processor based on Intel Ivy Bridge technology.
You can pick one up form Provantage for about $200, or from the mitxpc123 shop on eBay for $230.
As a barebones system, the Shuttle DS437 doesn’t include memory or storage, but it does have 2 DDR3 memory slots, a 2.5 inch drive bay, and a wide range of I/O features including dual Ethernet jacks, HDMI and DVI ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, and RS-232 and other ports.
If you’re wondering about some of the odd ports, it’s because Shuttle is selling the DS437 as a “slim signage player” rather than a desktop computer. It’s marketed as a device that you can use to power digital signage, kiosks, thin clients, or other commercial applications.
But it’d also make a relatively inexpensive option for a small, fanless home theater PC. It only needs a 65W power adapter, supports up to 16GB of RAM, and has a CPU with integrated graphics which should be good enough for most HD video tasks. Just don’t expect to use a system with a Celeron 1037U chip and Intel HD graphics for bleeding edge gaming.
via Fanless Tech
$229 on Amazon
Is it compatible with Ubuntu? No way I’m installing Windows 8!
Ubuntu I don’t know but it is built on debian, and I just got debian wheezy + gnome desktop working on the DS437. I needed to download the LAN and WLAN drivers from the Realtek website separately. The Wifi range is quite poor but the rest works very fast and fine for my purposes.
Seems like overkill for signage. Just use any VESA mount or even “TV stick” Android device, convert your signage content to video, set the video to autoplay in a loop on boot via Tasker or a similar app. You could probably even use a PPT viewer the same way. Total investment, maybe $100 tops (plus the monitor).
If this had the same CPU as the Haswell NUCs, I wonder how much it would cost compared to the NUC + fanless case.
Shame they didn’t just leapfrog to a Haswell 2955u or similar. Though as the predecessor DS47 only came out a few months ago, maybe we don’t need to wait long for the next model
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