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  • shuttle PC's, a good idea?

    Well I was looking for a PC equivalent of a mac mini and found out about shuttle PC's, here is a picture of what I am looking at:

    The specs are quite nice aswell, and I could easily run linux/windows on it, and the person is selling it for 120$!!!! Which to me seems really cheap

    Here are the specs (his description):
    Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz
    1 Gig of DDR Memory
    120 gigabytes of HArd Drive
    DVD Burner ( CDRW too)
    KEyboard and Mouse.
    Windows XP w/ SP2
    Microsoft Office XP 2002.
    Airlink 802.11g wireless PCI card for wireless networking
    2 usb fron 2 usb back / 2 LAN

    My concerns would be:
    no bluetooth but I could add a usb bluetooth receiver
    I don't know exactly what size it is, It looks like it could be a 10 inch cube.

    So my questions are:
    Does anyone have any experience with these baby's? They seem like a great fit and somewhat of a cheaper mac mini, probably not better than a custom built install but I personally much rather have a PC I can just fit somewhere and not have to assemble everything myself.

    edit: I have found a similar one and the size is: 30 x 20 x 18.5 cm (LWH) Which is pretty big compared to the mac mini which is 6.5*6.5*2 inches, but is more expensive for smaller processing power

  • #2
    Too big, just like every pc with an AC psu in it's case.


    • #3
      If you get a barebones kit that comes with a power brick, can you still use a DC-DC power supply on it?
      My 2007 Jeep Wrangler Worklog


      • #4
        Only the newest Shuttle units use a power brick., THe older ones don't.

        And the use of a DC-DC power supply is really dependant on the power requirements. REad this:

        A shuttle case is abut 8.5" wide, 8.5" tall and 12" deep.
        In my first variant, I chopped it down to a couple inches high.
        Eventually I ditched the case altogether.

        Search the forums. Lots of users have used a Shuttle as a base for a vehicle PC.
        Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
        How about the Wiki?

        Under normal circumstances, a signature would go here.