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No More Penny-Pinching: Seven Mini-PCs On The Catwalk

Sales Figures: Shuttle Leads

Even visually, it makes a high-quality impression : Front of the black XPC from Shuttle

In sales figures, the founder and originator of the mini-bare-bones concept - Shuttle - is well in the lead. No manufacturer offers a larger portfolio of mini-models for almost every taste. Top companies like Asus, MSI and Elitegroup only ventured into the segment some one and a half years later, and lag accordingly. ECS (Elitegroup) takes on the role of the low bidder and offers mini-systems (EZ Buddy with SiS651 chipset).MSI follows a similar strategy with the Hermes series (also SiS651 chipset) at almost the same price. Shuttle is not selling its PC systems on the strength of its prices : Minis from the popular XPC series range in price from $235 (184 euro) to $537 (420 Euro). To note, that is without processor, memory, hard disk and drives.

Test Panel With A History : Mini-PCs Over The Past 2 Years

Our current test panel has fewer beginners and more top models of manufacturers. Aopen presents its firstborn, the XC Cube EZ65, and makes a good impression at first glance. Biostar is starting two new models in the race : the iDEQ 200A for the P4 platform and the iDEQ 200P for the Athlon 64 platform. Shuttle puts its all into the race, sending three models for the Intel platform to the THG lab. The only system for the Athlon XP platform is from Soltek, the EQ3701M. Not a bad offering, especially since it’s the only one for the Athlon XP platform.

Mini-PCs are a long-standing tradition for THG. Those who would like to learn extensively about the subject can tackle the following articles :

Here is an overview of the current test panel with prices :

Aopen XC Cube EZ65$320 (309 Euro)
Biostar iDEQ 200ª$309 (299 Euro)
Biostar iDEQ 200P$309 (299 Euro)
Shuttle XPC SB61G2 Refl$316 (419 Euro)
Shuttle XPC ST61G4$360 (414 Euro)
Shuttle XPC SB75G2$355 (369 Euro)
Soltek Qbic EQ3701M$309 (300 Euro)