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Shuttle XPC M2000 HTPC

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Shuttle XPC M2000 HTPC

Shuttle XPC M2000 HTPC

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The Bottom Line

Shuttles experience with the small form factor market definitely helped them with the design of the M2000 home theater PC. It provides a solid level of performance thanks to its dual core mobile processor and plenty of storage space. The extra notebook hard drive bay allows for quick portable storage expansion as well. It does have the drawbacks of limited upgrades possible for items such as the graphics card and it lacks an HDMI connector for use with today's HDTVs. Still, it is a well designed and reasonably priced computer for a home entertainment center.

Pros

  • Large Hard Drive
  • Strong Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • Digital HDTV and Analog Tuners

Cons

  • Lacks Software Packages
  • Limited Upgradability
  • No HDMI Connector

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 400GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600LE Graphics with 256MB Memory
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
  • ATSC Digital and Analog Tuners
  • Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Six USB 2.0, Two FireWire and 8-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition

Guide Review - Shuttle XPC M2000 HTPC

12/5/06 – Many home theater PCs tend to use either all desktop or all notebook components in their design. Shuttle has taken their experience with small form factor systems and have used a mix of components. In terms of the processor, they chose to use the new Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor for a mix of performance and power savings. This level of processor gives the system a fair amount of performance without generating excessive heat that require loud fans. It comes with 1GB of PC2-5300 DDR memory that lets it run smoothly in most tasks beyond DVD encoding.

Storage is critical to home theater PCs due to the size of video files. To answer this issue, Shuttle uses a desktop drive in their M2000 system. The 400GB hard drive is large enough to provide a suitable amount of storage for media files and programs. In addition to this, it comes with a portable notebook drive enclosure that can be used for extra storage by plugging it into a bay or via other computers by USB. It does stick out of the front when in use via the bay. A notebook DVD burner is used for optical storage that is fine for playback but does slow down recording compared to standard desktop drives.

Graphics are key for home theater systems and the GeForce 6600LE does the job for most applications but falls behind somewhat for 3D performance. Its a shame there isn't really space to upgrade the graphics card to something better. The system does lack an HDMI connector for HDTVs but it can be used with either DVI or component connectors for TVs and monitors. This may pose problems with future HDCP requirements for high definition content.

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