Shuttle XPC SH55J2 Barebone PC Review

Motherboards/Intel S1156 by stefan @ 2010-08-13

The XPC Barebone SH55J2 is another interesting product from Shuttle in which we can install any Socket 1156 CPU, with or without integrated graphics, add a single or dual slot video card, turning it into a gaming system or a nice Media Center for our living room.

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A Closer Look Part 1

A Closer Look

The barebone has a very nice silver/black theme in the frontal part and the plastic is covered with a transparent protective film to avoid scratches during transport:

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The “X” from the XPC brand represents the power button and near it we can find the optical drive eject button (which is used when such a drive is installed inside the barebone):

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In the bottom right corner of the frontal part, we can find a zone with three white dots and this is the area we have to press:

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After opening the lid, we can find some additional connectors and a card reader for MMC/SD/MS; the eSATA port is very welcome but I expected to see more than one USB 2.0 port in front:

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The ports description can be also found on the lid:

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On each of the barebones’ sides we can find ventilation holes:

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In the back, we can observe the ventilation hole for the CPU heatsink in center, the PSU with its little fan and the connector but no ON/OFF switch, the PCI brackets in which we can install a dual slot video card and the I/O shield with additional ports:

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On the I/O shield, the following connectors/buttons can be found:

  • VGA port
  • HDMI port
  • 4 USB 2.0 ports along with a RJ-45 LAN port
  • a CMOS reset button
  • the audio ports

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    In the back of the case, all the screws are easy to operate, without using a screwdriver:

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    A Kensington lock hole is also available in the back of the barebone, to prevent unauthorized access inside:

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