Shuttle makes small PC’s for small spaces, like those under televisions, or on tiny desks next to fancy big-screen monitors. Its latest, the XPC X100, could fit into a cereal box.
The X100 is two inches thick and about the width and length of a standard sheet of paper. It is designed to look more like a home entertainment system than a computer, and its black case with metallic accents helps to camouflage its PC pedigree.
The $700 version includes an Intel Celeron M processor, 512 megabytes of memory and an 80-gigabyte hard drive. The $1,000 version is a bit peppier with a faster processor, 1 gigabyte of memory and a 250-gigabyte hard drive. Both versions have a 4-in-1 memory card reader, ATI Radeon X1400 graphics processor and 7.1 channel surround-sound audio outputs.
Shuttle also offers optional slot-loading optical drives and wireless cards. The X100 is available online at www.shuttle.com, where you can customize either version.
The PC has a number of video outputs for connecting to either a computer monitor or a television.
Because of its small size, it is considerably quieter than larger PC’s, making it a potentially worthwhile addition to the living room entertainment array.