updated 01:15 pm EDT, Thu April 23, 2009
Shuttle AIO PC in Europe
Shuttle PC is shipping the X 5000TA touchscreen nettop in Europe, a close variant of the X50 all-in-one PC the company has announced for the North American market. It gets the same 15.6-inch, 1366x768 touchscreen monitor, a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 1.4-inch thick profile. There is also the same 160GB hard drive, though the European model's is pre-loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic operating system versus the X50's Windows XP. The European pricing of the X 5000TA, set at the equivalent of $651, is also an indication of what the X50 should cost in North America. A version without an OS is also be available in Europe, priced at $547.
In its launch, Shuttle Europe also announced the X 5000TA PC will be offered in other sizes, different feature sets and with different operating systems, and that these versions are already under development.
The stand-out feature of the PC on either side of the Atlantic is its swiveling stand that doubles as a carrying handle and allows it to be hung on a wall, like a photo frame. More pedestrian specs include five USB ports, a gigabit Ethernet connection, Wi-Fi, VGA output and VESA mount compatibility. There is also a 1.3-megapixel camera, stereo speakers, and a built-in microphone.