Shuttle XPC Nano NC03U3 Core i3 PC Review
Peter Donnell / 3 months ago
A Closer Look
First impressions of the Nano are very positive. The system is very compact and easily small enough to pick up with just one hand. It’s not the smallest system in the world, not even close. However, with room for a more powerful CPU and more storage than most, I think that’s a fair compromise.
Down the front edge, you’ll find a single USB 3.0 port, USB 3.1 port, SD card reader, and the power controls. For moving files and connection a few peripherals, this is more than enough for a compact system.
There’s a little bit of ventilation, as well as a Kensington lock on the side. Security is important with something that could otherwise be easily grabbed and stolen.
Around the back, you’ll find the DC-In for the external power block. This helps keep the size down, but don’t worry, the power cable is no bigger than a standard laptop adaptor. Connectivity gets a welcome boost from both HDMI and DP, which supports up to 4K resolutions, making them ideal for digital signage and desktop work environments. There is a single GbE LAN port and two more USB ports that are perfect for a keyboard and mouse. Finally, there’s a single 3.5mm audio jack.
There’s a COM port on the side too, not much use for home users, but there are many industrial and business accessories that still rely on this technology. Those screw holes are there for the vertical mount too, ensuring it stays locked firmly in place.
The underside is pretty straightforward too, with two more screw mounts. Here you can remove two screws (marked “S”) to open up the unit.
Once mounted in the vertical stand, I think it looks even better. It’s a shame the “Shuttle” logo is now on its side though, but that’s hardly a deal breaker. What you do get though is vertical ventilation which is better to shift the heat. Of course, you also get a smaller desktop footprint.