Press reviews about ST62K
Tomshardware Guide: The smallest and quietest barebone in the test field
4. August 2004
| Shuttle XPC ZEN: Smallest Barebone With External Power Supply |
The smallest and quietest barebone in the test field is the Shuttle ZEN ST62K. Since there is no power supply in the interior, the dimensions of the ZEN could be reduced by many centimeters. Besides, the ST62K has no AGP slot. The external power supply even operates without an active fan, which gives the system a tremendous advantage. The barebone is virtually noiseless, with the exception of IDE hard disk access. The user can set different types of fan control in the BIOS of the ATI IGP-9100 based motherboard. This ranges from ultra quiet, in which the fan only runs slowly, to a smart mode, which is temperature dependent. The ZEN uses a combination of heatpipes and an 80mm fan to cool the system and the Pentium-4 CPU. (...) In addition to the VGA output, the ZEN can also work directly with any television with the S-Video connector (...) An AC97-compatible sound chip, which supports 5.1 surround sound, provides good sound. (...) The extensive range of accessories from Shuttle allows the ZEN to also be upgraded with a W-LAN module.
+ Small case;
+ Quiet operation;
+ Unusual design;
+ Reset button for the BIOS;
+ S-Video out;
+ Easy installation of hardware;
+ Edges ground down;
+ Space-saving cable routing.
Brief Conclusion: The small unit from Shuttle is truly easy on your ears because even when the CPU is fully loaded, the XPC ZEN ST62K remains very quiet. The heatpipe fan system in the interior works very effectively without jacking up the noise level too much. Even with a 3.2 GHz Intel CPU, the ZEN ran for many days under a high CPU load, always in the same decibel range of approximately 47 dB(A). The external power supply also contributes a great deal to this quietness. Therefore, it is a barebone that is ideal for the living room, where each decibel less means more video enjoyment. (...)
OC-Serwis.pl: Recommended Product Award
OC-Serwis Website Poland
27. July 2004
|+ External Power Supply |
+ Silent and stable operation
+ High VGA Resolution
+ Stylish Design
Trustedreviews.com U.K.: Next to no noise pollution...
9. August 2004
| The Shuttle Zen is one of the most compact SFF barebones around, with next to no noise pollution and very good base specifications. [...] this is a great little machine. |
Personal Computer World: ST62K, "Recommended Product Award"
PC Magazin: Full-equipped Mini-PC "ST62K ZEN" 2nd ranked
| The "ST62K ZEN" from Caretta is only surpassed by the "Filia MC 3000" from Terra that on one of its Shuttle brothers. |
(...) From the outside the youngest model from Shuttle is a real eyecatcher. Caretta expands the system additionally with a Hauppauge-TV-card and a remote control that turns your living-room into a multimedia center. (...) But overall the components of the delivery content are wisely chosen like the "Filia MC 3000". (...)
Computer Guide Germany: Editors Choice
Computer Guide Germany
issue June 2004, page 49
| "Empfehlung der Redaktion"|
Der ZEN XPC ist wesentlich kompakter als seine XPC-Brüder. Der Grund dafür ist das externe und passiv gekühlte 180-Watt-PFC-Netzteil. Damit eliminiert Shuttle eine der größten Lärmquellen der XPCs.(...)
Shuttle ist mit dem kompakten ZEN XPC erneut ein ausgezeichnetes Barebone gelungen. Durch das ausgelagerte Netzteilung und die ausgekügelte Kühlung, ist er eine ideale Basis für leise und stilvolle Wohnzimmer- bzw. Büro-PCs.
Dan's Data: The Zen XPC, a great little system, recommended!
13. March 2004
| (...) The cooler screws are thumbscrews, as are the screws that hold the case together. (...) The rest of the assembly job is simple, too; no screw holes are blocked by case rails, no pieces hit other pieces, and nothing's razor sharp. (...) Office apps, Internet browsing, most Photoshopping, lightweight games; no problem. (...) Assembling a PC that starts out as a "bare bones" rig never takes very long, but this was particularly quick and easy. Beginners shouldn't be afraid. (...) As a business box or home theatre PC, the Zen's obviously perfectly qualified, even if you feed it a mere 512Mb of RAM and an original-model Celeron. (...) All of its bits work as they should, and it's dead quiet too - at the cost of not having a whole lot of case air flow. (...) |
The XPC Zen is a great little system. Small, quiet, nice looking, not very expensive for what you get, and easy to work on, too.
And it's pretty good at 3D games, for a computer that's not actually meant to be bought by gamers. (...) The Zen is, however, a surprisingly competent all-rounder. Recommended.
Computer Magazine: Varied Applications of Use
Computer Magazine Belgien
Issue April 2004
| Among Computer-Freaks Shuttle has always been a popular PC manufacturer. With its small case and integrated mainboard it is very popular with LAN-party visitors and people having a lack of space. The new model, the Zen, isn't less smaller than 20 % as its predecessors and has now an external power supply (...). (...) The ATI-Radeon 9100 chipset offers very good graphics performance and a TV-out (...). All cables needed are just included in perfect length. Its varied applications of use make the XPC attractive for the customer. Even overclockers were not forgotten: all speed adjustments can be made in BIOS. (...) |
The XPC Zen is a nice product that will surely appeal to mini-PC lovers. If you are no real hardcore-gamer, the potential of this system will meet the requirements of most users.
Minitechnet: Special Nomination Award
MTN - MiniTechNet Germany/Austria
18. May 2004
| Mit dem ZEN XPC will Shuttle Computer nun ein neues Marktsegment erobern, den Wohnzimmer PC als "Mediacenter". Dafür hat Shuttle das bisherige XPC Konzept umgekrempelt und einen neuen Mini-Barebone auf dem Markt gebracht, der zwar von außen dem Stil der anderen XPCs gleicht, jedoch viele Neuigkeiten aufweist, wie das externe Netzteil und die kleineren Abmessungen. (...) Der Shuttle XPC soll Ruhe vermitteln, und durch die angenehme Betriebslautstärke gelingt das auch. (...) die I.C.E. Kühlung ist so hervorragend, dass wir es trotz unserer Bemühen nicht schaffen konnten die CPU zu erhitzen sodass der Lüfter schneller drehen musste. (...) Was den ZEN XPC ausmacht ist die Performance im Office, Internet und Home Center Bereich, und dies bei angenehmen Betriebslautstärke. |
Daher verdient sich der ZEN ST62K die MTN Special Nomination für den wohl leisesten Mini-Barebone auf dem Markt bei dieser gebotenen Leistung.
+ sehr kompakt und leise
+ passives Netzteil
+ hochwertige Verarbeitung
+ einfache Installation
+ Linux kompatibel
Hardware-Test: ST62K Zen: Unique Product Award!
15. April 2004
| Conclusion: |
It was a pleasure to have the ST62K come visit me. This XPC is super nice (...). (...) but the overall temperature is much lower than with an internal PSU. (...) It is small, has a nice design, very quiet and has space for a soundcard/TC-card/similar. (...) This is the road to choose, when it concerns barebones!
+ Well suited as HTPC (Home Theater PC).
+ Very quiet.
+ Good performance.
+ Good performance from the onboard graphics accelerator.
+ Small and hot (the non-thermal way ).
+ Noiseless and external power supply.
+ Easy-accessible CMOS Clear button.
+ The I.C.E. unit.
Tweakers.net: perfectly as home theater- or office-computer
5. April 2004
| The temperature of the processor and the system itselfs always stays on a descent level, despite the passive cooling (...) We can conclude that Shuttle has managed to design a product that´s refreshing on certain points. It will do perfectly as a home theater- or office-computer, because despite the fact that this barebone is very goodlooking, the power of this computer can´t be underestimated. The noiseproduction is very low, the hardware inside the case is placed in a very, very clever way. |
Hardware.no: Extremly silent and accepted by women!
24. March 2004
The ZEN XPC is a exciting initiative from Shuttle. Here, the market leader goes new ways - with the introduction of a nearly silent and very compact design, through the use of a well-engineered cooling solution and external power supply. (...) The installation [of the components] is very easy; in contrast to other comparable boxes. (...) As an office system or Home-PC this is nearly a dream-system.
+ extremely silent
+ very easy installation
+ efficient cooling solution
+ compact and leight
+ basically good performance with normal applications
+ Audio, Network, USB 2.0, Firewire and Graphics onboard
+ TV output
+ Connectors at the front panel
+ very good "Wife Acceptance Factor" (WAF)
Twoje PC Poland: Perfect for playing movies
Twoje PC Poland
1. April 2004
| ZEN XPC is directed to the "home entertainment center" ... (...) The efficiency of R9100 IGP is very acceptable and well surpasses the solutions such as integrated Intel Extreme Graphic 2 with image quality. Adding such an efficient high end model of VGA board indeed offers much better 3D graphics quality. ZEN is perfect for playing movies-thanks to TV-OUT function also for displaying DVD and DivX movies on TV screen-and music, but also very fine when it comes to the latest games. |
Shuttle ZEN offers an elegant case, small dimensions and small weight. It is a silent and efficient platform for Intel processors, with support of fast dual DDR memory modules.
Both [ST62K and ST61G4] new XPC solutions by Shuttle, and especially ZEN model, can be called "ear-friendly".
Mikro PC Finland: Small and silent
Mikro PC Finland
issue No. 2, February 2004
| Chassis is a few centimeters smaller than before, but paradoxically it seems that inside there is more room than before. The explanation is that the power supply has been moved out of the chassis. An external laptop-like power supply is definetly a better solution. (...) |
Even though the Zen is kind of a "stripped model", it has all the functions needed in a home theater pc. The unit is small and silent. Integrated s-video is an excellent addition, since now there is no need to listen to video card's fan. (...)
Zen XPC shows with what kind of speed mini-pc's are evolving. If this model would have been available in our December mini-pc round-up, it would have gotten the winner award.
Mikrobitti: Noise level a big plus
Issue March 2004
| The small design was regarded to be very successful, (...). Also the heatpipe cooling system was very good. Assembly instructions and manual were excellent. Also the low noise level was a big plus. (...) |
All in all the Shuttle systems did very well. (...)
Chip Germany: Outstanding SFF PC for living room
issue May 2004, page 74
| Ein leiser 80-mm-Lüfter kühlt das System sowie die via Heatpipes angedockte CPU. Dank der Auslagerung des passiv gekühlten Netzteils kommt der Shuttle-Wohnzimmer-PC auf hervorragende 1,6 Sone Lautstärke. Die Onboard-Grafik bewältigt Office- und Multimedia-Anwendungen spielend... (...) |
Chip Romania: Best Hardware Product Award
| Chip Tip: Best Hardware Product Award May 2004 |
PC Extreme: "Gold Rated Award" 5/5 Stars
PC Extreme UK
issue no. 14, April 2004, p.63
| The front panel is in pearl white with a minimalist and clean finish, wih nice touches such as the silver power and reset buttons and discrete Shuttle logo. The 5.25in and 3.5in bays are slightly offset to the side but this doesn´t detract from the look. In fact, we think it gives it individuality. (...) There´s is a removeable hard drive enclosure, screws retaining the drive bay covers and a plastic tab to help remove the CPU fan, so it has a lot of the small touches that turn a good case into a great case. (...) The system is whisper-quiet in operation. |
+ Great design inside and out
+ Good integrated graphics
Techreport.com: Building a kitchen PC with ZEN XPC
7. April 2004
| The recipe for success? (...) A small form-factor box |
This choice was the key to the whole experiment. We've reviewed lots of small form factor systems, but nothing beats the Zen XPC for quiet operation or a small footprint. The Zen is practically silent during normal operation, and it jumps frequently and willingly into power-save mode as I have it configured. What's more, its motherboard includes integrated Radeon 9100 IGP graphics, so I didn't have to sacrifice an AGP card to get it going. The Radeon 9100 IGP is reasonably decent as integrated graphics solutions go, so the kitchen system might be able to serve as overflow the next time we have a LAN party in Damage Labs.
The kitchen PC concept, at least initially, has proven successful.
PC World Italy: Excellent and practically
PC World Italy
issue April 2004
| The new line Zen XPC from Shuttle is sold usually barebone, leaving to the user the possibility to complete the hardware configuration according to their needs. (...)|
The motherboard use an integrated graphic chipset, the ATI Radeon 9100 IGP, the best integrated solutions today on the market.
The quality of the case is excellent and practically noiseless due to
particular passive CPU heatsink and the decision to keep the power supply outside.
Lost Circuits: Exceptional Hardware Award
8th March 2004
| The Shuttle ST62K next to the SB51G2 sets a new record in compacting whatever it is that is needed for a functional PC.(...) Everything is neatly tucked away with cable ties, which finally ends the clutter that sometimes still occurred inside the earlier XPCs. Speaking of cables, the ZEN probably holds the world record for the shortest ATA cable included with any mainboard.(...) |
Shuttle has released another SFF system that is even smaller than the previous versions and further reduced the noise by completely eliminating the power suppply as a possible source. The result is a tiny system with full multimedia capabilities...(...) In terms of quality of components, especially with respect to the VRM and general power management the Zen can run with the best and if memory compatiblity is any indication for clean power at default voltage, the zen deserves top grades in this department as well.(...) Overall, the Zen has pretty much surpassed my wildest expectations in terms of quiescence and the increased performance compared to the earlier versions of ATI chipset-based boards shows that there is still hope for ATI to stay afloat in the chipset business as well. (...)
In terms of innovation and overall technical achievement, the ST62K "Zen" is another example for a system that deserves an Editor's Choice award.
Digitalmediathoughts.com: Deathly quiet - for office or media centre
2. April 2004
| Deathly Quiet|
(...) I nearly fell over in shock at how quiet things were. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you’d need to be in a silent room to even know if the ST62K was turned on or not. Yes, it’s that quiet. (...) Calling this computer nearly silent not an exaggeration! (...) I have a real grudge against noisy computers, which of course means I have a grudge against almost every computer out there. (...)
it’s small, great-looking, very quiet, and comes chock-full of integrated functionality. It would make a great media centre-type PC – put in a big 250 GB hard drive, a PCI TV tuner, and load up Snapstream’s Beyond TV 3, and you’re laughing. Or, if you’re deploying systems in an office environment the ST62K would make a perfect office computer: small, quiet, and highly functional. Special emphasis on the quiet part – office environments tend to be brutally noisy, usually because of the computers, so the stealthy ST62K would be especially welcomed there. (...) Shuttle’s ST62K gets a very strong recommendation from me as a good choice for a personal computer well-suited to being general SOHO computer or a media centre-type PC.
+ Almost completely silent
+ Small size
+ Sturdy, attractive design
+ Integrated ATI Radeon 9100 video, audio, LAN
+ just add CPU, RAM, HD, optical drive
Ports, Ports, Ports (...) the Shuttle ST62K offers an assortment of ports and connections (...) The integrated video is worth mentioning, because (...) the R300 chip-set from ATI includes a Radeon 9100 GPU, which certainly isn’t cutting edge, but good enough for most basic gaming at lower resolutions (and superior to any sort of integrated video from Intel). (...) Assembling the Shuttle was a relatively quick process (...)
PC Go: Klein, gut ausgestattet und leise
PC Go Deutschland
Ausgabe April 4/2004, Seite 89
| Das neueste Modell von Shuttle, der ZEN XPC, ist nur 18x20x30 Zentimeter klein und besitzt ein Mainboard für aktuelle Pentium 4 Prozessoren. (...) Im Vergleich zu seinen Vorgängern hat der Zen einen entscheidenen Vorteil: Er ist leiser. (...) Das Design des keinen Kastens ist gelungen: Die Front ist milchig-weiß, das sonstige Gehäuse in gebürstetem Aluminium. |
Der neue ZEN von Shuttle ist ein gelungenes Barebone-System für jedes Wohnzimmer oder das edle Büro. Er ist klein, gut ausgestattet und leise...
PimpRig: 9 out of 10 "Pimp Hats"
| Shuttle is well known for their high performance SFF barebones systems which pack the power of a full tower into a PC the size of a large shoe box. (...) |
(...) I have been running this unit 24/7 for the past couple weeks and it been as solid as a rock. I am still impressed by the responsiveness and speed of the unit overall. The fact that there is a built in 3D video adapter equivalent to a Radeon 9200 is simply gravy. This being my first experience with a Shuttle system you can color me impressed. (...)Thinking of building a pimpin' HTPC rig? Look no further. The Zen aims to please and hits the mark with a bullseye. Outstanding 6 channel audio, gamer-level 3D performance, versatility, power, and top notch quality are just a few of the great features of this unit which all fits in a PC about the size of shoe box with ninja-like stealth. I am very eager to check out another Shuttle item since this was my first experience with one of their products and it was definitely a great first impression. I would have to give this unit a 9 out of 10. (...)
- Top notch performance
- Silent operation (gotta love the Smart Fan)
- VERY small footprint
- The BEST cable management ever (to date =] )
- Respectable 3D Performance
- 6 Channel Audio
Motherboards.org: Extremely quiet in operation
03. January 2004
| The RADEON 9100 IGP chipset is the fastest, most feature-rich integrated graphics chipset available, bar none. In many cases, the integrated graphics is fully capable of playing virtually every game that I'm currently playing, (...).|
For the intended audience, the ST62K works well. The integrated components of the XPC give virtually everything that someone would need for expansion with 4 USB 2.0 ports and 2 IEEE-1394 ports onboard. (...) Aesthetically, every XPC I've ever used has been pleasing to the eye and in terms of space, can't be beat. Instead of a Med-Tower ATX case that would often get in the way or fit awkwardly on my desk, the XPC fits easily on my desk. The color scheme works beautifully for me with the rest of my desk. Personally, I use a XPC when doing any traveling, as it's a simple matter to hook it up to the TV-Out of a TV and use the computer. In operation, the XPC is also extremely quiet. I hardly notice the sounds coming out of the XPC. (...)
Fraz PC: "Recommended Product" and "Performance Award"
20th Feb. 2004
| Shuttle XPC Zen is a very fitting product. Thanks to this XPC, one can create a real home entertainment centre. Quite efficient integrated VGA allows for comfortable gaming, and ensures clear quality TV and CRT/LCD image. |
- onboard graphics with high performance
- supports FSB 800
- high graphics quality
- low noise
Giga.de: Live-Vorstellung des ZEN XPCs in Giga-Help-Sendung
Overclocker Cafe: "Recommended Award"
16th Feb. 2004
| Innovation comes from thinking slow and smart. Shuttle doesn't seem to want to miss a trick with it comes to design. Their ICE cooling system really impressed me. The case vents on the floor of the Zen XPC and its general ventilation tie right in to the single fan concept. This and the heatpipe design shows good systemic thinking over at the Shuttle R&D office. Shuttle has produced a high quality item and their attention to detail shows. A perfect example of this is the grommets we found between the 80mm fan shroud and its mounting point. As much effort to minimize noise seems to have gone into the Zen XPC as went into its clean lines and good looks. (...) Overall, we found the Zen XPC unit a solid little machine that I'm sure will prove itself as a compact replacement for a desktop or make an fantastic media center. (...) The Zen XPC however, will put a smile on your face at the end of the day for its innovation and utility. Where it shines most, is in the productivity and media world that the bulk of computer users fall into. (...) |
- Extremely quiet operation.
- Very small and compact case.
- Design is smart and well thought out.
- Good performance.
- I/O ports on front and rear of unit both hot simultaneously.
- ICE Cooler Technology is FANTASTIC.
- External CMOS button.
- Prescott ready.
WCM Össterreich: Editors Choice
WCM Zeitung Österreich
Ausgabe 206, Febr. 2004, Seite 62
WCM Magazine Austria
Issue 206, February 2004, page 62
| Der Zen war während des gesamten Tests eine Ausgeburt an Stabilität und verursachte keine Abstürze (...) Die Lautstärke stellt trotz der potenten CPU (3 GHz) alle bisher da gewesenen XPCs und ihre Kollegen von anderen Herstellern der Small Form Factor PCs, die wir bisher im Test hatten, in den Schatten. Denn der Zen arbeitet wirklich flüsterleise und ist in 30cm Entfernung so nahezu nicht mehr wahrnehmbar. Damit nimmt der Shuttle Zen auch die letzte Hürde zur nahezu optimalen Heim-Multimedia Anlage. Freunde der Windows XP Media Center Edition wird es zudem freuen zu hören, dass Shuttle auch eine passende Fernbedienung im Angebot hat. |
Fazit: Der Zen ist die konsequente Weiterentwicklung des XPCs in Richtung Wohnzimmer. Shuttle hat dem Kundenwunsch entsprochen und den gerade bei Multimediaanwendungen sehr wichtigen Lautstärkefaktor minimiert. Die Verarbeitung ist wie immer hervorragend (...) Daher zwei Daumen nach oben für den Shuttle XPC ST62K "Zen"!
+ lüfterloses externes Netzteil
+ 20% kleiner
+ leiserer Heatpipe-Kühler
+ recht guter TV-Ausgang
+ stabil, auch mit 3 GHz
The ZEN XPC was a revelation of stability during the hole test and there were no single crash (...) Despite the powerful CPU (3 GHz) it outshines all previous XPCs including their colleagues from other SFF manufacturers which we had tested so far. Since the ZEN really works whisper silent and is hardly noticeable in 30cm distance. Thus, the Shuttle ZEN takes the last hurdle to a nearly perfect home media center. Friends of the Windows XP Media Center Edition are surely lucky to hear, that Shuttle has also a suitable remote control in its product range.
Conclusion: ZEN is the logical continuation of XPC-development with regards to living room. Shuttle has listened to the customers desires and minimized the noise factor, which is very important especially in connection with multimedia. The workmanship is superior as usual (...) therefore I move my two thumbs upwards for the Shuttle XPC ST62K "Zen"!
Bit-Tech: "Bit-Tech Highly Recommended Award"
8th February 2004
| (...) The only possible noise source is the single fan at the heart of the ICE system, this is a super silent 80mm fan which through the BIOS is self adjusting, remaining as slow possible until required. The result of this it absolutely amazing — of all the PCs I have worked with, including some passively cooled CPU server boxes, this is by far the most quiet. I would love to have given you a decibel reading but the needle on my Sound Level Meter didn’t even move on it’s lowest setting. (...)|
I ran a set of standard benchmarking applications: Pifast, PCMark04, SiSoft Sandra and Seti. The results proved to me that the performance of the little Zen was more than just respectable. None of the main subsystems proved to be lacking in power in any of our tests.(...)
(...) If you want a system that offers an outstanding combination of looks, subtlety, performance and absolute silence look no further (...). Make no mistakes, a system that can silence a P4 2.4c to the point of needing a glance at the LED on the front to tell if it’s on, deserves praise. What remains to be seen is if the Zen can manage the same with Intel’s Prescott core (...).
I am going to give it a bit-tech Highly Recommended award. Well done Shuttle!
"Das Ergebnis von diesem Test ist absolut erstaunlich - von allen PCs mit denen ich gearbeitet habe, einschließlich einiger passiv gekühlten CPUs in Server PCs, ist dieses mit Abstand das Leiseste. (...) Die Ergebnisse haben mir bewiesen, dass die Performance des kleinen ZEN mehr als nur beachtlich ist.
c't Magazin: Qualifiziert für das Wohnzimmer
c't Magazin Deutschland
Heft 3/2004, Seite 78ff
| Der ZEN XPC bietet in einem Vergleichstest mit 35 Mini-PCs die geringste Lautstärke unter Vollast : nur 0,9 Sone, was ihn definitiv "für den Einsatz im Wohnzimmer qualifiziert". |
With only 0,9 Sone, the ZEN XPC offers the lowest noise under full load in a comparison test among 35 participants. This definetely "qualifies it for the use in the living-room"
ZDNet.de : Einfacher als Lego
3. Feb. 2004
| Einfacher als Lego: Barebone Shuttle XPC ZEN ST62K|
Die Überarbeitung der XPC-Reihe ist geglückt - nie war es leichter, sich auch als Anfänger selbst einen Kompakt-PC zusammenzubauen.(...)
Die Vorteile des Designs, darunter die charakteristische Heatpipe, die die Abwärme des Prozessors hinten zu einem Ventilator und aus dem Gehäuse leitet, aber auch das würfelartige Aussehen (allerdings nach Angabe von Shuttle 20 Prozent kleiner als früher) und die große Zahl an Anschlüssen sind geblieben. Zu den Neuheiten zählt ein externes Netzteil im Stil eines Notebooks, eine verbesserte Kabelführung und ein zur Seite hin offener Festplattenkäfig, der sich überdies leicht ausbauen lässt.
+ simple Installation
+ edles Design
+ durch externes Netzteil sehr leise
Das Redesign ist gelungen: Zwar machen 20 Prozent weniger Gehäusevolumen als bei früheren Modellen wenig Unterschied, zumal ein externes Netzteil dazukommt, aber das System ist leiser und leichter einzurichten als seine Vorgänger.
Even simpler than "LEGO": The barebone Shuttle XPC ZEN ST62K
The overwork of the XPC-range was successful - for a beginner it was never assemble to build a compact-PC. The advantages like the design, the great range of connectivity, the cube-like look (according to Shuttle certainly 20% smaller than before), the typical heatpipe, which leads the heat of prozessor to the fan and further out of the case, remained. The innovation is the extern power supply which looks like a notebook, a better cable-moving and an open optical-drive-cage, which is easy to remove.
+ simple installation
+ noble design
+ very quiet because of extern power supply
The new design is excellent: The case size is 20% smaller than the earlier models, but that makes no difference, because of the extern power supply, but that way the system is quieter and easier to manage than a model before.
Silent PC Review : Very small, very quiet, inexpensive and powerful PC
Silent PC Review USA
8th Feb. 2004
| "Shuttle Zen XPC: Finally, a Quiet SFF PC! |
The ST62K, with its silent external power supply and very quiet ICE cooling system is very impressive. You get a machine that's basically as powerful as a full-fledged mid-tower system with a very small footprint. This seems like the perfect platform for an HTPC, and it's certainly good enough as a mainstream solution for running business applications or regular home use.
With its completely redesigned internal layout, XPC Zen was created to remove unwanted noise, airflow intrusions and untidiness. Features introduced with the Zen XPC include Shuttle's advanced external power adapter, side mounted harddrive and cleverly integrated cable management.(...)
I'd give the Shuttle Zen XP five stars for innovation & sensible design, and four stars for noise performance. Very nice, strongly recommended if you want a very small, very quiet, inexpensive and powerful PC for general computing.
The Shuttle Zen XPC ST62K represents a new generation of SFF computers. Like ALL products, it is a compromise; like the best products, it is a clever, well-balanced compromise that addresses the needs of many. For this reason, I foresee a highly successful life cycle for the Zen.
+ Small, unobtrusive footprint.
+ Understated styling.
+ Lots of I/O, front ports especially useful.
+ Quiet, quiet, quiet (with HDD suspended).
+ Seems to have good cooling.
+ Very stable, no driver issues.
+ Very good performance.
+ External PSU runs very cool, can be placed out of the way.
+ Excellent design, very easy to build.
+ Clutter-free interior for good airflow.
...little, powerful and quiet PC."
Tom´s Hardware Guide : Kompakter und kleiner
Tom´s Hardware Guide
27. Januar 2004
| Das neuste Barebone-Kind aus dem Hause Shuttle hört auf die Typenbezeichnung XPC Zen ST62K und ist im Vergleich zu den bekannten Modellen von Shuttle und Co. deutlich kleiner geworden. In allen drei Abmessungsdimensionen hat Shuttle zirka 1 cm eingespart. (...) Das Gehäuse ist im schlichten Aluminium gehalten und die Frontblende in Elfenbeinweiß. (...) Vor dem Komponenteneinbau muss der XPC komplett zerlegt werden, was aber schnell und unkompliziert geht. (...) Der geöffnete ZEN ST62K bietet genügend Platz zum Installieren der übrigen Computer-Hardware. (...) Alle Kanten sind beim ZAN ST62K feinsäuberlich abgerundet und reduzieren somit die Unfallgefahr beim Einbau der Hardware. (...) |
Der neue Shuttle ist noch kompakter und kleiner geworden... (...). Für die Grafik- und Videoausgabe sorgt der ATI 9100-Chipsatz, der für eine ruckelfreie DVD-Wiedergabe ausreicht.
PC World Norway: Good for the living room
PC World Norway
issue February 2004
printed issue 7/04, page 54
| With Pentium 4 at 2.8GHz and 160GB Samsung harddisk we have measured a noise level of ca. 34dB in idle mode and 36-37db with full load which is a good result. |
Conclusion: The Shuttle ZEN XPC works as well as traditional PCs for those, who don't need the performance of highend graphics cards. With its low noise level and integrated TV output it can also be a good basis for a living-room-PC for playing music or videos.
+ Low noise
+ Nice design
+ Good integrated graphics solution with TV out
Techreport.com : Shuttle's Zen concept is a fine idea
20. January 2004
| Shuttle has made some long strides its first SV24 barebones system, but the delightful little cubes have actually put on weight along the way. As enthusiasts and gamers demanded more robust power supplies and support for AGP graphics cards, Shuttle's XPC cubes grew to accommodate those desires. (...) For mainstream markets and applications that don't require discrete AGP graphics, Shuttle has whipped up a smaller, quieter "Zen" XPC ST62K system. By stripping the cube of its AGP slot and using a passively-cooled external power supply, Shuttle manages to make the ST62K nearly 20% smaller than current XPC systems. And thanks to ATI's Radeon 9100 IGP, the ST62K is still packing DirectX 8 graphics under the hood. |
(...) the ST62K's tiny footprint and quiet operation are appealing. A nearly silent cooling fan also makes the ST62K perfect for small form factor home-theater PCs, where the cube's integrated Radeon 9100 IGP graphics are more than adequate for TV output. (...) Overall, Shuttle's Zen concept is a fine idea. The ST62K certainly has enough horsepower for most mainstream and business applications, and Shuttle is to be applauded for thinking outside the box (literally) to make the cube smaller and quieter than previous XPC systems, (...).
SFFTech: An all around great SFF system
20. January 2004
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(...) The Zen combines superior on-board video performance, a tiny form factor, and quiet operation to create an all around great SFF system. Now, if you’re an enthusiast, hardcore gamer, or LAN party nut, you should probably consider a higher end unit such as the Shuttle ST61G4 XPC. But for most casual users out there, the Zen is a fantastic system. (...) All in all, the Zen seems to represent Shuttle’s next generation XPC case design. (...), Shuttle seems to have made great strides in improving overall system noise, cable clutter, and chassis design to create a small, quiet, and, yes, overall tranquil SFF.
Barebone Center: Optik und Verarbeitungsqualität hervorragend
02. Januar 2004
| (...) Mit den G-Style brachte Shuttle einen poppigen XPC auf den Markt, bei dem sich die Optik der Frontplatte leicht verändern läßt. (...)|
Die Perlmutt-weiße Frontabdeckung schillert je nach Lichteinfall in anderer Farbe. Wer diese Farbe z. B. von Autolackierungen kennt, weiß wovon wir sprechen. (...)
Der Shuttle Zen XPC ST62K wird sicherlich wieder ein Top-seller Produkt werden. Die Optik ist wiedereinmal hervorragend - wie auch die Verarbeitungsqualität. (...) Da ZEN soviel wie "innere Ruhe" bedeutet, ist das ein passender Namenszusatz - so finden wir. Der (...) Heatpipelüfter ist endlich wirklich leise geworden und bietet dennoch genügen Leistungsreserven. (...) Zusätzlich wurden Kühlöffnungen am Gehäuse geschaffen, die zur Regulierung des Temperaturhaushaltes beitragen sollen. Angenehm ist auch die Montage der primären Festplatten. Das Gehäuse kann einfach entnommen werden und auch hier wurde wieder auf eine teilweise Entkoppellung der Festplattenschwinungen mittels einem Gummiband geachtet. Der ATI RS300 Chipsatz bietet mit der integrierten ATI Radeon 9100 genügend Power für diesen Wohnzimmer PC. (...) Besonders gut hat uns natürlich auch das passiv gekühlte Netzteil gefallen(...).