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Shuttle XPC X2700 Nettop Desktop PC

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Shuttle XPC X2700 Nettop Desktop PC

Shuttle XPC X2700

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The Bottom Line

Apr 1 2009 - Shuttle has made a potentially great nettop computer with their XPC X2700 but it has a number of flaws that will make it less than desirable for the average user. It certainly provides some unique features such as a DVI video connector and an interior that is easy to work with for upgrading components such as the hard drive or memory. The problem is that it is fairly expensive for a nettop computer and it does not have wireless built-in or a Windows OS option.

Pros

  • Dual Video Output With DVI Connector
  • Easy Interior Access for After Market Upgrades
  • Very Well Built Case

Cons

  • Only Available With Linux OS
  • No Wireless Networking
  • Expensive For Configuration

Description

  • Intel Atom N330 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 80GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
  • AC'97 5.1 Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0
  • 9.8" x 7.3" x 2.8"
  • Foresight Linux

Guide Review - Shuttle XPC X2700 Nettop Desktop PC

Apr 1 2009 - Unlike the previous XPC systems, Shuttle decided to power the XPC X2700 with the Intel Atom N330 dual core mobile processor rather than a standard laptop processor. This is the first of the dual core Atom processor that does benefit multitasking but the lower clock speed doesn't give it much of a performance boost over the single core N270. The 1GB of DDR2 memory will also limit the possible multitasking.

Storage is good thanks to the dual layer DVD burner and notebook hard drive. The 80GB hard drive is a bit smaller than other nettops. With easy access to the interior of the XPC X2700, users can easily upgrade these components after the purchase unlike some other nettop systems.

While the XPC X2700 is still limited in graphics performance by the very old Intel GMA 950 integrated graphics, Shuttle at least included a DVI video connector in addition to the VGA connector. This allows the system to work with a larger number of monitors that feature this digital connector. Of course, HDMI would probably be even better. High definition video streaming is still not really possible with the graphics though.

Most nettops come equipped with a built-in wireless networking adapter in addition to an Ethernet connector. For some reason, Shuttle decided to only equip the XPC X2700 with a gigabit Ethernet connector and no wireless. This may detract many people from buying it to easily connect into a wireless home network for use as an internet terminal with a home theater system.

One of the biggest flaws with the XPC X2700 though is the operating system. Shuttle only offers up the Foresight Linux OS. This may be fine for some, but most netbooks sold in the US market are sold with the Windows XP operating system. Shuttle should really offer this OS with the system if they want to sell these units.

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