Shuttle is offering its first low-power, fanless mini-desktops powered by Intel Celeron J1900 Bay Trail processors.
The Shuttle XS35V4 is a small PC with an optical disc drive bay, while the Shuttle XS36V4 is a slightly smaller model without the drive bay.
Both are sold as barebones computers, which means you’ll need to supply your own storage, memory, and operating system.
You can find the Shuttle XS36V4 from Amazon for around $200 and up, while the XS35V4 sells for… about the same price.
We’ve known that Shuttle was working on these little guys for a few months, but I didn’t notice they were available for purchase until Notebook Italia pointed it out recently.
The computers features Intel’s 10W, 64-bit, 2 GHz quad-core processor based on the same technology as the company’s Atom chips for tablets and notebooks. The J1900 is one of the more powerful members of the Bay Trail family, but it still doesn’t generate a lot of heat, which is why Shuttle can put it into a system that uses passive cooling instead of a noisy fan.
The Shuttle XS35V4 features Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, a 2.5 inch drive bay, an SD card reader, HDMI, DisplayPort, and audio jacks and 4 USB 2.0 ports and a USB 3.0 port. It has a slim optical drive bay and a mini PCI Express card slot which is used by the WiFi card. The case measures 9.9″ x 6.4″ x 1.5″.
Shuttle’s XS36V4 is a little smaller, measuring 7.9″ x 6.3″ x 1.4″. This model is designed as a digital signage player and it features serial ports and no bay for a DVD, CD, or Blu-ray drive. But otherwise the specs are largely the same as those for the XS35V4.
I wonder if this overheats. The reviews for older fanned Shuttle mini PCs tend to mention overheating and thermal throttling.
This looks ideal for me. I want to replace my Raspberry Pi with something significantly more powerful but still fanless. I thought the CuBox-i was going to be the one, but after my experiences with it I’m done with ARM-based systems for now.
Nah, instead I think I’ll get the redesigned HS-251 from Q-Marissa– about as powerful but probably costs 10x more
Looks extremely plastic, especially compared to the VivoPC.
Does a reliance on plastic really matter for a desktop? It’s not going to be carried around in someone’s backpack all day.
I for one am thrilled about the advent of fanless desktops that don’t have either crippled processors or enormous and baroque passive cooling systems. Silence is golden.
It’s not so much the durability as the aesthetics. That said, it’s possible to make a nice-looking plastic mini-PC as well – the ECS LIVA comes to mind.
matter of taste – i just looked at the Live and don’t like the plastic look – other way round for the shuttle.
Having choices is the best.
I find that shiny top with the etched circles on ASUS PCs and notebooks to be very ugly/tacky. To me this Shuttle PC looks better.
I always thought lids of the ASUS ultrabooks were super ugly and cheap looking. That circle effect made it look worse had they just made it plain shiny or maybe a brushed metal look.
To me shiny electronics, be it plastic, metal or fake metal, just looks ugly.
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