Summary: Support was sub-par Had issues with USB Customer no more
Pros: Small, fits anywhere Fairly easy to work on Looks pretty decent
Cons: Started to have issues with USB a few months after purchasing it. Neither of the bottom USB ports on the back would power a USB mouse. After the first (yes, I said first) RMA the USB ports were still having issues. Shuttle said they replaced the mobo, then later admitted they just sent the origin...
Summary: Took a little bit to get the video to display correctly on my tv. Had to play with the intel utility to find the right ratio to line the video up. Wish the thing would have worked longer because I had everything set up to be a great media center within a couple of hours.
Pros: Worked perfectly as a media center device running windows 7 and xbmc for 9 hours (that is after i figured out that the intel display utility was needed to line video up correctly for my tv)
Cons: Died after 9 hours of ownership! Half of that time it was off. Most likely was a power supply defect but after I sent it back RMA I am still waiting for a replacement or refund. Currently sold out.
Summary: The size, 4 RAM slots, Marvell Gigabit, PCIE 16X slot, and LGA 775 were deal makers for me on this one. I upgraded from a Socket 939 Biostar 6100M9 that had horrible EMI/RFI issues, and this is lightyears ahead of it in technology.
Pros: Brushed aluminum, BIOS changable light output settings for the Power and HDD activity LED's (is awesome!), high quality aluminum and steel chassis, nifty IDE cable, has 3 SATA cables, and the heatpipe is pretty awesome too! 4 RAM slots is also a very nice bonus.
Cons: Should have a PCIE 1X slot instead of a PCI slot, move the PCIE 16X slot closer to the center of the case? DDR2 and not DDR3. My 9800GT gets a little warm in it using the 'auto' setting in the NVIDIA driver's, but if I manually set the fan to 80%, it never gets over 53C even when gaming heavily.
Summary: My friend had a similar shuttle box that experienced chronic problems until the day he sold it.
Pros: It fits under the desk Easy to fit in box to RMA
Cons: USB ports don't work, and won't power a USB mouse. Tried multiple devices and configurations without success. RMA'd and sent back to shuttle. They shipped it back and said nothing was wrong with it. Had several other certified techs check it out and confirmed that the USB ports are not working co...
Summary: Built this machine as a replacement for an aging AMD X2 system that was on its last legs. Thew a Celeron E3300 with 2Gb Ram. Rock solid and fast with Win7 32bit. Just for kicks I threw Unbuntu 9.10 on it and it handles like a champ.
Pros: Great little machine, fast, stable, quite quiet when the fan isn't running over 1200 rpm
Cons: Small insides make it difficult for people with big hands to move around efficiently. I was quite miffed at some of the routing of cables through a channel on the chassis. I took out one of the SATA cables and it provided some breathing room to get to the HDD
Summary: There are much better alternatives that are smaller and cheaper and less problematic. Theses Shuttles were nice during the "lan party" days...but this form factor/size really doesn't have a place or niche to fill anymore.
Pros: Very nice and tidy on the inside.
Cons: The video failed after about 10 months. First the VGA died and I used the HDMI port...then both went kaput. BIOS started giving me garbled text. Could not easily get XP, Vista, Windows7 or Ubuntu to run cleanly and smoothly on this thing.
Summary: I don't mean to sell this computer too hard... like I said I have found barebones that you could put more money into and make faster. But none this small.
Pros: Plenty of connections both inside and outside for HDDs and USBs. Though the one firewire port put a frown on my face before my order I have since realized that I would easily trade a USB for firewire because most of the devices I use have the option of firewire or don't have it at all.
Cons: None yet. Oh! The CD drive flap hangs open if you haven't put oil on the joints! bam... found a con! Great computer, soon to be outdated by ddr3 and i7 chips n such. But great price for quad core and expandable 16gb ram!!!
Summary: This is the second Shuttle I've built. The first one I made 2 years ago. It seems Shuttle is hit or miss on the quality control side of things. I crossed my fingers when I ordered my SG33G5 and happened to get a good unit that has been through 2 years of college and good deal of travelling.
Pros: Small, good looking, plenty of power for HTPC. Install was a breeze, less wiring than my SG33G5. Very nice little computer and has everything I could need. It was very quiet even under load.
Cons: Digital audio worked for 5 days. I spent HOURS trying to figure out why it just went silent. I thought it was Vista. Reinstalled twice, installed XP, no dice. Called Shuttle -- some diagnosic stuff (reset CMOS, swapped optical plugs with my 33G5), still dead. You can't use anything other than a v...