Pros: Easy Assembly. Well thought out. The correct connectors for slim cd is already part of the unit, no need to purchase an adapter.
Cons: QC on them isn't what is should be. Built 5 of these, without incident, on the 6th when I went to turn it on I heard a snap. Was a screw in the fan blade. Odd, I hadn't lost a screw. Then I began to build the 7th and heard a screw rolling around when I tipped it. Sure enough there was a screw missing from the motherboard mounts. Front motherboard mount screw that was there was loose. I went back and check the last one I built with screw in fan blade and sure enough th...
Summary: Specs - This can't really be considered a con against the product so much as Newegg. No where on the Newegg page does it say that this case/machine has a 65 watt TDP limit but it supposedly does. The sticker on the box lists that. However, I installed a 77 watt i5-3570K CPU without issue. The power supply is only rated to 90 watts. To be fair, the CPU can hit 88 C I stress the system for a while with the Intel burn-in test but that's not normal use.
Pros: Size - It's small. Barely bigger than a Wii which makes it perfect for an HTPC.
Cons: RS232 - ??? I guess they aren't really a con since they are pretty much useless and I just disabled them in BIOS. They don't get in the way but I'd have preferred more USB ports.
Pros: Small, runs quiet, lots of usb ports (at the back). Very easy to build. Uses laptop parts. Runs a lot cooler than my previous computer.
Cons: Came with only 1 sata cable. I had to buy another 8" sata cable to install a second ssd. Try to add in an Intel N-6235 wifi / Bluetooth mini pcie card but couldn't get the Bluetooth part to work. Talked to Shuttle tech support and still trying to find solution. Also, no usb 3.0 port in front, why?
Pros: I took me less than a hour to setup. This barebone is clearly for people that can use for work. It includes two COM ports that usually modern computers don not come with. The installation was super simple. Just have to buy 4 items and your done. CPU, Memory, HDD, Slim DVDRW drive. You can install mSATA SDD on it. If you want to buy XS35GTV2 or other slim modes, you can consider this one.
Summary: After coming back to ncix (I used to purchase hardware from them more often) I was very displeased with the service. In their defense I was not well versed in their methods of payment (their HTML5 mobile website still needs a little work). Once I finally sorted that out and manually sent a payment from my paypal account, the hardware showed up quickly (they've always been fast). Unfortunately, the product description for the XH61V is a bit misleading.
Pros: Great quality hardware. It's obvious the designers at Shuttle know how to design and build good hardware. Very slick system with high quality material, fit and finish. Small in size, its presently my HTPC.
Cons: The hardware shows no disadvantages at this point.