Years before the Mac Mini mesmerised our gadget-obsessed eyes, Shuttle had been dedicating its days to squashing PCs into ever smaller boxes. Well, now it’s realised a life-long dream with the smallest computer we’ve seen – the mini X100 series.
You won’t need a desk for this PC – a coaster should do it. It’s just 5.3cm high and about the width of an A4 sheet of paper, which gives it very similar dimensions to the wonderful Hi-Grade DMS.
It comes in two flavours. The mini X 100BA is aimed at business users, and features a Core Duo processor, Wi-Fi and a DVD combo drive. You can customise the spec, but Shuttle recommends the respectable combination of an 80GB hard-drive and 512MB memory.
The PC also lets its hair down occasionally as the mini X 100HA, which focuses on multimedia activities with Windows XP Home, an ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 for games and video editing, and DVI/TV-out connections.
It also offers a slightly more capacious 200GB hard-drive and a DVD re-writer alongside the usual Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and Firewire connectivity.
The prices may be low, but don’t forget to budget for what the Mac Mini calls BYODKM – bring your own display, keyboard and mouse.