Originally Posted by bcre8v2
Jason - can you elaborate? I have been looking for a HTPC and form factor is the biggest concern followed by power consumption. Shuttle seems to fit the bill.
Well...I used to be a big fan of Shuttle XPCs, having reviewed and bought them for years. Slowly but surely though, I moved toward custom-built systems for one main reason: noise. I've tended to use the higher-end XPCs, and unfortunately they tend to put noisy fans in them. The reason I have no Shuttle XPCs in my home/office right now though is the fact that they tend to flake out after a couple of years. My last Shuttle, the one I based this article on
, flaked out on me a few months back - bad power supply I think. The problem with Shuttle XPCs of course is that when you have a part go bad - PSU, motherboard, etc. - it's always a special-order part to get it fixed.
Now, all that being said, I think there's some great Shuttle units out there like this one - units that aren't the kind you'd overclock like I did with my XPCs...and I imagine they'd last longer if they weren't pushed so hard.