Just like how we are told not to judge a book by its cover, so too, should we not write off a small form factor computer based on its size alone. After all, there is the saying that goes something like this – it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. Shuttle, a name that has long been associated with small form factor computers, have come up with the Shuttle DS81 machine which measures a mere 19cm x 16.5cm x 4.3cm. Underneath its hood, you will be able to find an H81 chipset that supports user-upgradeable processors up to a Haswell Core i7 (!). Similar to its predecessor, the Shuttle DS61, the DS81 would arrive with advanced cooling capability so that it can function even in environments of up to 50 degrees, including digital signage situations.
Apart from that, the Shuttle DS81 is also relatively large in terms of connectivity, where you get a pair of PCIe Mini slots (one of them being half-size while the other is full-size), up to 16GB RAM thanks to the two available slots, half a dozen USB ports, with two of those rocking to the USB 3.0 specification, a trio of display outputs (1x HDMI and 2x DisplayPort), dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and a memory card reader. It is expected that the Shuttle DS81 ought to arrive from next week onwards with a starting price of 178 Euros.