Author: Bob Buskirk
Getting the X50 setup is pretty simple, just plug it in and hit the power button. To our surprise Shuttle had loaded Windows 7 on our test sample. When Windows 7 comes out on October 22, they will be shipping the X50′s with Windows 7. When you turn the system on you will notice the blue accent light at the bottom lights up. It gives the X50 a little bit of style.
This is a touch screen system, but once I turned the system on Shuttle really did not have any custom programs or anything like that to take advantage of the touch screen feature. They didn’t even have the on-screen keyboard turned on. So really to operate the system you need a keyboard and mouse, which are not included. After turning the system on I installed CPU-Z took check out what was under the hood. We have an Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2 memory, Integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics, and a Toshiba 160GB SATA hard drive.
The 15.6-inch screen gives you a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768, which is not the largest resolution, but it works very well for browsing the internet and other related tasks. You are able to have a browser window open and still be able to have your IM list viewable. So working with multiple windows is really not that hard with the X50′s display.
Another thing I did was run quite a few different programs at once. I had 2 Firefox windows running, Pidgin, iTunes, and Shuttle’s ezCam software running and I did not notice much lag at all. The Atom 330 really keeps up!
With any display I load up a few movies and see how they look. I played both movies and TV shows and while they all played well the colors on the screen were not that vibrant at all and the display was very dull. So if a movie was dark it would be very hard to see it on the screen. Also viewing angles were not that good at all.