For being tucked inside a case that's just 1.3 inches thick, the specs for Shuttle's new XS35, debuting at next week's CeBIT expo, aren't half-bad. Of course, it's no surprise that this media PC runs an Intel Atom processor (the dual-core D510)the lifeblood of nearly every nettopbut it also includes Nvidia's Ion 2 graphics (in the form of a GT218 graphics card).
In addition to a 2.5-inch hard drive, the XS35 somehow manages to squeeze in a DVD burner. Connectivity includes HDMI output, five USB ports, multi-format memory-card reader, and, sadly, only a wired Internet jack.
Perhaps the XS35's coolest feature is also its most perplexing. It's small enough that it can be installed behind a flat panel display. How convenient it is to access those ports and the optical drive once it's mounted, however, is the currently unanswered question. Also unknown at this time is the price, though Shuttle says the PC will be available in Q2 2010.