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Shuttle XH81

Shuttle XH81
alaScore 86

11 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Shuttle XH81. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and design. The usability and size also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

size, usability, design, price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Shuttle XH81 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (newegg.com)

Excellent Tiny PC for Specialized Uses

 

While not silent this is very quiet and it is not designed to be a HTPC - it is for specialty applications that require a compact PC with some legacy hardware (serial ports), multiple nics, etc. It worked out great for my needs and have 5 of them...

This is high quality bare-bones PC. The components are well laid out and assembly is straight-forward.

No USB 3 on the back.

Mar, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Excellent Tiny PC for Specialized Uses

 

While not silent this is very quiet and it is not designed to be a HTPC - it is for specialty applications that require a compact PC with some legacy hardware (serial ports), multiple nics, etc. It worked out great for my needs and have 5 of them...

This is high quality bare-bones PC. The components are well laid out and assembly is straight-forward.

No USB 3 on the back.

Mar, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Shuttle XH81 - great if it works

 

I ordered two of them for HTPC use, to be built with identical i5 Haswell CPUs, Micron mSATAs and 8GB memory. One was DOA, would not POST. The fan on the dead unit was very loud and whiny at start. The other unit was easy to build, is quiet and it...

Very small but easy to assemble, supports the latest Haswell processors - don't go over 64W. I used i5-4440S. Runs fast and quiet if you get lucky with the fans on your unit. The dual fans look cheap, but seem to be the standard 50mm size and should be...

One of the two I ordered was DOA. Waiting for the RMA process, had to pay rather high return shipping. The DOA machine had a noisy fan it.

Mar, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Good HTPC

 

Unlike the other reviews, I did not find that the fans were too loud. This is not silent like my Mac Mini, but you could not hear this from across the room. I got this with a $99 i3, stuck an old laptop drive and a couple sticks of RAM from an old mac,...

Quiet (but not silent) small form factor PC. Easy assembly.

No USB3 on back panel. Fans are audible when PC is at arm's reach.

Dec, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

NOISY Fans, Nice Case, Quick to Assemble

 

If you're having trouble with the USB3.0 drivers you download from Shuttle's driver page, it's because they packaged the wrong thing in the zip file. Shuttle Support pointed me to getting the USB3.0 drivers from the DS81 download page.

The XH81 comes with the quality construction that's known with the XH61V that I've had for some time. The support for Haswell made this unit worth waiting for. However... if they don't fix the cons, this is likely my last Shuttle.

I'm writing this review next to a noisy XH81. It is loud; even at a cold idle. It is un-Shuttle like. I contacted Shuttle Support and they confirmed that the fan speed on their lab's XH81 also runs at 2600 RPM. Then, they went on to explain that maybe...

Sep, 2014

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Noisy Fan and BIOS Bug?

 

Terribly disappointed in ShuttlePC's lackluster commitment to quality control and user experience. Inside the XH81: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116988 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239390...

Having had the great XH61V, I was really looking forward to the XH81 for the expected build quality and Haswell support. The XH81 has the same high quality construction and ease of installing component while maintaining a small form factor.

To my dismay, the XH81 is much noisier than the XH61V. I called Shuttle Support and had to strongly suggest they escalate what could be a BIOS issue. On the XH61V, the fan's Smart and Ultra-Low Speed runs at 1300 RPM. At Low Speed, the fan spins at...

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio output channels:5.1
Audio system:Realtek ALC 662

Certificates

Certification:RoHS, FCC, CE, BSMI, C-Tick
Energy Star certified: Yes
Safety:CB, BSMI, ETL

Design

Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Colour of product:Black
Cooling type:Active
LED indicators:HDD, Power
Product Type:Mini PC barebone

Graphics

Graphics adapter family:Intel
On-board graphics adapter: Yes

Memory

Maximum internal memory:16
Memory channels:Dual
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM
Number of memory slots:2
Supported memory clock speeds:1333,1600
Supported memory types:DDR3-SDRAM

Motherboard

Compatible processor series:Celeron G, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Pentium G
Motherboard chipset:Intel H81
Number of Processors Supported:1
Processor Socket:Socket H3 (LGA 1150)

Networking

Ethernet LAN: Yes
LAN controller:Realtek 8111G
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 50

Other features

DC input voltage:19
Number of SATA connectors:3
Power LED: Yes
Power requirements:100 - 240V

Packaging Data

Package weight:3.5

Ports & interfaces

DisplayPorts quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:2
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:2
Microphone in: Yes
Serial ports quantity:2
USB 2.0 ports quantity:6
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2

Power

Number of power supply units:1
Power Supply:90
Power supply type:AC/DC

Processor

Built-in processor: No
Compatible processor series:Celeron G, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, Pentium G
Motherboard chipset:Intel H81
Number of Processors Supported:1
Processor family:Intel
Processor lithography:22
Processor Socket:Socket H3 (LGA 1150)

Software

Compatible operating systems:Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 7, Linux
Operating system installed: No

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Number of storage drives supported:2
Storage drive interface:Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III
Storage drive sizes supported:2.5

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24
Height :7.2
Package weight:3.5
Weight:2.2
Width:20