Shuttle XPC tastes both flavours of HD

We often marvel at a gaming rig so vast that it could power a small island, but we're also easily tickled by a neat little living room PC – espe

We often marvel at a gaming rig so vast that it could power a small island, but we're also easily tickled by a neat little living room PC – especially one that caters for our not-so-vast collection of HD DVDs.

Shuttle's latest XPC takes us back to the days when the format war was still raging by packing a combo drive that'll spin both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. A solitary HDMI output pipes pictures to your plasma and support for 8-channel audio takes care of surround sound – just add movies.

The aluminium box of tricks also sports a 500GB hard drive for stuffing with pics, music and vids, plus 2GB of RAM, a TV tuner with time-shifting functions and a 25-in-1 card reader.

There's even a moderately beefy graphics card in there for a spot of Half-Life 2 in the living room. Suddenly, that hefty gaming rig seems unnecessary.

Essentials

Shuttle XPC G5 6801M

Price: €1234

On sale: Now

Contact: Shuttle