The Zen isn't the fastest computer around but it's quite a nifty little piece of hardware. This is the kind of computer that would be great in a home theater situation but we still don't see anything exceptionally handy which has become a bit of a gripe recently with the XPC's. The Zen ST62K is a beautiful XPC - it's small, very quiet and nice and easy to get around - all of which make it perfect for a home theater situation.
The external power supply was a nice touch as it gave the overall size a slight shrinking and the weight of the XPC a little drop. While the weight reduction is a nice addition, competition is extremely fierce these days in the SFF market. MSI have a number of SFF computers with an LCD and remote control and Epox have a giant screen on the front reading out information and ABIT have the vast amount of space to do more inside their DigiDice - heck, Iwill even have a dual processor SFF on the way. All these things make each stand out and while Shuttle still would have one of the highest quality SFF units around, they are being left behind due to other companies using the idea and adding something extra to separate it from the others.
The overclocking power of this unit isn't the best but we really didn't expect too much as it isn't designed with the enthusiast in mind. The most disappointing stand out from the Zen was the lack of Serial ATA. Serial ATA has really become the mainstream standard and it would have been much nicer to use a SATA cable instead of a big ugly IDE alternative.
That said the Zen does what it is supposed to do - it's quiet, small, looks good and runs well. It isn't the best performer but it doesn't have to be for the market segment it is focused toward.
Shuttle has done a great job with the Zen ST62K XPC and it's good to see that they have done something a little different with the XPC this time around. We will look forward to even more changes from the normal in times ahead.
No Serial ATA!
No AGP port
Low wattage on PSU
Rating - 7.5 out of 10
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