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Shuttle X50 review

Has the touchscreen nettop finally come of age?

Our Verdict

This is sadly not a very useable touchscreen device. We would recommend checking out the MSI Wind Top or hold off for the next gen of Windows 7 touchscreen PCs

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Touchscreen

Against

  • Vista keyboard too small
  • Underpowered
  • Poor screen

Touchscreen computers like this Shuttle X50. They're the future, right? Last year, out at Nvidia's Nvision conference in Santa Clara we saw some fantastic examples of display technology in a Minority Report style.

We've also got Windows 7 on the very imminent horizon, which is promising all kinds of touchscreeny loveliness. So you can expect lots of machines rocking up in the near future - last month we had MSI's Wind Top and this time we've got the latest from Shuttle, the X50.

But unfortunately this one aint no PCF Gold award winner. What we loved about MSI's take on the all-in-one touchscreen rig is conspicuous by its absence in the X50. They've both got the same Atom dual-core CPU, both rocking 1GB RAM and both waving a 160GB HD around for storage needs.

The big, big difference though is in the screen. Touchscreen displays have to be good to make for a usable device, unfortunately the Shuttle's screen is pretty unpleasant. Post laborious calibration it was just about sensitive enough, but the display itself is incredibly dark and look like it's stuck behind a thick film of celluloid.

The 1,366x768 resolution is also a little tricky to deal with on a 15.6" screen - especially considering there were no added extra touchscreen apps to make navigating the screen easier.

The on-screen keyboard in the bundled Vista Home Premium is all kinds of useless - the buttons are too small, meaning that this touchscreen absolutely has to have a keyboard attached to it to make it any use at all.

Essentially what we have here is a very expensive touchscreen tablet, with a poor screen, limited touchscreen capability and as low powered as a netbook. On the plus side it has a carry-handle...

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Tech Specs

Product TypeAll-in-One Computer
Green CompliantYes
TouchscreenYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGraphics Media Accelerator 3150
Wireless LANYes
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Total Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
WebcamYes
Processor ModelD510
ColourBlack
Operating SystemNo
Brand NameShuttle
Form FactorDesktop
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ENERGY STAR
Memory Card ReaderYes
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelNM10 Express
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 256 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Number of Processors Installed1
Hyper-ThreadingYes
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Height327 mm
Width391.3 mm
Depth36 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerShuttle, Inc
Product ModelX50X2A
Product NameX50X2A Desktop Computer
Controller TypeSerial ATA
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberX50X2AB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.shuttle.com
Marketing Information

The Shuttle X5020XA is an all-in-one PC boasting a 39.6cm (15.6-inch) touchscreen LCD powered by Intel's Atom D510 dual-core processor. It is fully configured with 2 GB of memory, a 250 GB hard disk drive and is delivered without operating system. Equipped with Intel's GMA 3150 onboard graphics, it provides generous performance for daily computing with internet and office applications. A webcam, built-in speakers, card reader, WLAN and other features leave nothing you could ask for. Have any applications start up quickly by just touching the screen for working most swiftly and conveniently.