updated 02:55 pm EDT, Thu August 9, 2007
Shuttle G5 3201M
Shuttle today released its first HD movie-capable, pre-assembled small form factor PC. The G5 3201M can be configured with either a BD/DVD-RW combo drive or a full BD-RE burner to read the 25GB discs at 5X and optionally write them at 4X. Every system comes with a 256MB GeForce 8600 GTS that almost completely offloads decoding work from the CPU at the native 1080p resolution of HD clips. Media center features also extend to single or dual TV tuners with support for either analog or digital broadcasts, a Windows Media Center remote, and video out to TVs through a DVI-to-HDMI adapter or S-video.
The 3201M shares the front-panel LCD of other G5 systems and always ships with a baseline 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and a multi-format card reader. Shuttle lists the entry price at €1,419 ($1,944) before tax for its European debut and already allows buyers to custom-configure the media center today. A North American version is probable but uncertain.