We’ve always preferred Shuttle’s bungalow chassis to the usual PC tower blocks, and now we’re definitely planning to move in – it’s squeezed an Intel Core Duo processor through this model’s front door.
The XPC Barebone SD37P2 is as unfurnished as computers come. It’s essentially just a shell, which you fill up with your choice of memory, hard-drive and processor.
The options, though, are way above the usual Small Form Factor (SFF) computer fare. There are a number of configurations, but Shuttle recommends filling it with an Intel Core 2 Extreme processor (the super-powered gaming version), 4GB RAM, two 400GB hard drives and a copy of Windows XP professional.
Its range of connections is impressive too. We’re particularly keen on the ten USB ports around its casing, which means you could hook up some external hard-drives, a mouse, a mini lava lamp and a self-destruct button (see related stories below), and still have a few spare. There are also a couple of Firewire slots for your camcorder and other such gizmos.
If that’s too high-end for you, Shuttle has also just announced the availability of aBarebone budget SFF PC called the SK22G2, which can’t house an Core Duo processor, but is available now from £150.
XPC Barebone SD37P2
Price: from £285
On sale: September