Shuttle flaunts midget media centre

Rumours may be swirling that Acer is ready to buy the company out but it’s business as usual for small form factor PC obsessive Shuttle. It&#821

Rumours may be swirling that Acer is ready to buy the company out but it’s business as usual for small form factor PC obsessive Shuttle. It’s just announced a new XPC Barebones PC, which, thanks to media centre-friendly components, is hankering after that spare spot next to your telly.One look at the SG33G5M and you might be tempted. Its sultry VFD display and gold trimmings certainly make a change from the shoebox styling of its forebears, and the Intel G33 Express chipset is just gagging for some Windows Vista action.Two other bonus extras make it a potential media chum for your telly – an HDMI port means it can pass hi-def content onto an external source, and a bundled remote lets you operate it from your Pyramat Sound Rocker gaming chair.Talking of gaming, an onboard Intel graphics engine and 7.1 audio chip also makes a good bet for some PC fragging. All you need to do now is feed it a hard-drive, processor, RAM and keyboard. Quick, before it wastes away. Essentials Shuttle XPC Barebone SG33G5M Price: £390 On sale: August Contact: Shuttle Related stories: Tiny Shuttle packs Monster HD ability Gadget of the Day: Hannspree XM New York WIN – a Tosh laptop in our design competition