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: A nice quiet (it's true!) Shuttle system, very compact. Built it for my parents who wanted something smaller on their desk. Had to add some rubber feet so it wouldn't slide when opening the doors to access the DVD drive or USB ports (when placed in a vertical orientation) . Having the picture of the stand in the description is a bit of a tease ( looking at you NCIX!
Pros: small, quiet, relatively easy build
Cons: needs the stand for secure vertical placement, cable management requires precision