Shuttle has started to sell its new Gaming Nano family of small form-factor PCs. The miniature Shuttle X1 systems are barely larger than Intel’s NUCs, but they integrate Intel’s 45W high-end mobile Core i5/i7 HQ-series Kaby Lake CPUs with NVIDIA’s mobile GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB GPUs, which make them capable of running VR games. The combination of size and hardware leads to pricing from $1465 to $1709.

Shuttle and Mini PCs

Shuttle was among the pioneers of modern small form-factor PCs for enthusiasts in the early 2000s. Back then, the company was the first to offer custom PC barebones that enabled users to build a PC without hassle on motherboard fitting and cooling. Shortly after, the company began to offer specialized versions of PC barebones designed for HTPC and gaming applications, essentially pioneering SFF gaming PCs. Shuttle was among the first PC makers who offered cube-sized (somewhere between ITX and mATX) PCs based on Intel’s X58 and X79, inventing a miniature enthusiast PC category (over two years before Falcon Northwest’s Tiki) and showing a new market for boutique PC makers, and eventually manufacturers of PC components. Intensified competition and other issues eventually forced Shuttle to focus on non-gaming specialized PCs and barebones for several years, but it looks like the company is plotting a comeback. Earlier this year Shuttle launched its SZ270R8 barebones, based on the Intel Z270 chipset and aimed it at the audience that buys Mini-ITX PCs. In June, the company formally announced the first member of the Gaming Nano family — the Shuttle X1, which is aimed at a slightly less crowded market of miniature gaming systems.

The Shuttle X1

The Shuttle X1 is an extremely small desktop PC that fits in a palm of a hand and resembles higher-end Intel NUC computers and competitors. Just like the NUC, the Shuttle X1 is based on Intel’s mobile CPUs, going up to 45W versions of the Core i5-7300HQ and Core i7-7700 HQ. But unlike Intel's NUCs, the X1 also carries an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB MXM GPU module. The systems are equipped with 8 GB or 16 GB of DDR4 memory operating in dual-channel mode. As for storage, the entry-level X1 has a 128 GB M.2 SSD and a 1 TB HDD, whereas the more advanced X1 PCs feature 256 GB M.2 drives without HDDs.

When it comes to connectivity, the Shuttle X1 offer a rather typical set of I/O features, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth, a GbE port, one USB 3.0 Type-C connector, four USB 3.0 Type-A headers (two on the front), four USB 2.0 ports, three HDMI outputs (one for a VR headset), one DisplayPort, one SD card reader as well as one 3.5-mm audio jack.

Shuttle X1 Specifications
Model Shuttle X1 i7 Shuttle X1 i5 Pro Shuttle X1 i5
CPU Core i7 7700HQ
2.8/3.8 GHz
6 MB cache
45 W TDP
Core i5 7300HQ
2.5/3.5 GHz
6 MB cache
45 W TDP
GPU GeForce GTX 1060 with 3 GB of GDDR5 memory
1280 CUDA Cores, 80W TDP*
Dual Channel
8 GB DDR4-?
? Channel
Upgradeable to 32 GB
Motherboard Custom
Storage SSD 128 GB M.2 256 GB M.2
Wireless 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
Intel AC (8265?)
Ethernet 1 GbE port
USB 1×USB 3.0 Type-C
4×USB 3.0 Type-A
2×USB 1.0 Type-A
Display Outputs 1×DisplayPort
Audio 1×3.5mm audio jack
Card Reader SD card reader
PSU external
Warranty 3 years
Dimensions Not Specified, but 'shorter than a soda can'
MSRP with Launch Discount $1709 $1500 $1465

*For the GTX 1060, the desktop GPUs have different specifications for the 6GB (1280 cores) compared to the 3GB (1152 cores). The laptop versions of the GTX 1060 do not make this distinction - all the cards have 1280 cores, and there is no 1152 core variant for MXM.

The Shuttle X1 chassis has a rather aggressive design with red elements and an unorthodox shape. A good thing about small dimensions is that the Shuttle X1 is easy to carry. A bad thing about the X1 is that it uses a number of custom components (chassis, motherboard, cooling, etc.) as well as mobile CPUs and GPUs, all of which are relatively expensive. As a result, the most affordable Shuttle X1 costs $1465 even with a discount, whereas the most advanced one is sold for $1709. All three Shuttle X1 systems are now available directly from the company and usually ship in one or two business days.

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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Monday, August 14, 2017 - link

    Yeah. I also wonder why manufacturers can't just sell a "stripped down laptop" as a thin portable PC.

    It's hard to justify the $1500+ prices of these "small gaming PCs" when you can have an even more compact package in a laptop form factor and with today's modern Nvidia GTX 10XX series GPUs, there's little performance differential between mobile and desktop variants.

    Like what would be so difficult of basically taking the exact same internal parts as a laptop and just shipping it in a modified chassis that includes no keyboard, no screen, no touchpad, no internal battery. IE: Just the PC itself, peripheral ports, and the DC plug to power it. Maybe a VESA mounting option if they want to get a bit wild with the idea. With the removal of all those extraneous parts you should be able to get an even more compact form factor than a laptop AND it should be at an overall lower price for end-users.
  • imaheadcase - Monday, August 14, 2017 - link

    Those who complain its "overpriced" don't understand this is not something you can build yourself. Its all in house stuff. That argument its overpriced only applies to systems you can buy that uses off the shelf stuff. It may be overprices to you, but to someone who wants a simply gaming systems to sit next to TV its easily something a laymen would consider. People forget here that majority of people don't want to think about stuff, they just want it to work.

    Its the reason consoles got so popular so fast.
  • jabbadap - Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - link

    So it's not only overpriced, it's hardly upgradable too. At least you could easily upgrade old shuttles, which used normal desktop graphics cards and normal dekstop cpus.

    And compare this to prices of same kind of machines from zotac, msi, asus and gigabyte. And you see there's better price/perf products out there. Shuttle is not anymore own with it's niche market.
  • watzupken - Friday, August 18, 2017 - link

    The pricing is senseless. Why pay this much for this when you can easily get a laptop with similar specs for the same price or lower?
  • LauRoman - Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - link

    The arangement of those ports looks awful

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