Shuttle XS35 GT Barebone PC Review

Others/All-in-one PC by stefan @ 2010-10-27

The XS35 GT Barebone from Shuttle, after equipping it with the necessary hardware, can be used as a media center, little server or seedbox; its main advantages are that it is completely silent and consumes very little power, so we can leave it on 24/7 without caring about the energy costs.

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A Closer Look

On both sides of the XS35 GT barebone, we can see nice textured plastic covers, with a metallic mesh behind, to allow ventilation; the company logo is also present on both sides. On the sensitive parts, Shuttle has put a transparent plastic film, to avoid scratches; these must be removed before the first use, because they obstruct some of the ventilation holes:




Here is a close-up on the lateral cover:




The lateral covers look even better with the transparent plastic films removedJ:




On the top part, we can see another mesh, to allow faster heat evacuation:




On the opposite side, we can find, unsurprisingly, some other ventilation holes, along with the place where the stand goes in:




In the back of the device, we can find most of the available ports: the microphone and headphone jacks, a hole for the Kensington lock, a RJ-45 Ethernet port, 4 spare USB 2.0 ports, 2 VGA connectors (the one covered with a black cap by the manufacturer is not active, because the barebone features Nvidia ION graphics), a HDMI port and a DC-in port:




The frontal part features a little card reader, the HDD activity and power LEDs on the left, the power button, a spare USB port and the place to mount the optical disk drive:




Through the power button we can see the bright white power LED on the right, along with the blue HDD activity LED on the left:




Inside the barebone:


To install the needed components, we need to get access inside the barebone; to do that, the manual instructs us to remove a little screw located in the back of the barebone; after a further inspection, if we look more carefully, we will find that the little screw hides in the back of a black rubber button, with adhesive on its opposite side:





Right after opening the first cover, we can see that there is a lot of free space remaining inside, which is a good thing and prevents overheating; on the left side there is a large radiator that covers most of the PCB:



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