Benchmarking this system is kind of pointless, as not only is this particular unit a little underpowered, but everyone has different needs and will configure a machine appropriately. However, I did run SpodeMark2D to see how it compared to some rival systems. I also ran some games to get a feel for performance, and was disappointed. Settings have to be particularly low in order get a decent frame rate.
Unfortunately for Shuttle, 3D performance wasn’t the only casualty, with 2D performance being particuarly under par. Our reference 3.8GHz Pentium 4 and Core 2 Duo E6400 machines where well over double the speed. I’m sure a lot of this is due to our test rigs having 2GB of system memory, instead of a lowly 512MB.
I have no doubts that properly configured, this system will be able to keep up with the best of them. The use of a standard desktop hard drive instead of a notebook drive will also help considerably.
I really do like the X100, it’s sleek, silent and just the right size. However, the lack of dual display output is a considerable problem, as is the price. Although this system is around £750, a decent spec machine is around the £1,000 mark. That’s a lot of money to spend considering what sort of desktop PC you could purchase, or even a notebook. A notebook has the added benefit of being portable, having a display built in and allowing you to plug in a second screen if necessary.
If none of these issues have put you off and you want an ultra small, silent, potentially powerful PC – the X100 is well worth considering.
Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.