Now let’s have a look at some of the accessories provided!
A quick-setup booklet, some screws for mounting the hard drive and optical drive, a floppy cable and a HDMI to DVI converter! Kudos to Shuttle for providing such an excellent accessory!
Provided in the package, the very basic component of a HTPC – a remote controller! Some software is provided with the shuttle D’VO to make use of the Home Theatre capabilities that the shuttle provides.Navigate and access your entire digital multimedia contents easily with a remote controller, without the fuss of typing and clicking the keyboard and mouse.
Gold-plated connectors for the converter to ensure maximum conductivity and lessen the effects of oxidation.
The converter is used for situations where LCD Monitor users (whom mostly have DVI connections only by now) have trouble finding VGA cables to connect the shuttle PC to their monitors. The converter solves all their LCD connection woes! The HDMI output is also HDCP compliant, so no worries about playing protected high-definition content!
A bird’s eye view from the top.
In our preliminary testing phase, we found that because of the built in HDMI port on the Shuttle PC , there was a jumper that had to be switched in order for external graphic cards to be plugged into the PCIE slot. The black long row of jumpers that you see above the PCI slot are the ones you have to switch , if using an external graphics card.
Not switching the jumper would result in only the display being shown via the built in HDMI/VGA ports instead of the graphic card’s ports. So potential buyers please take note. It befuddled us awhile before we realised it, as most boards nowadays will automatically change the default output to any external graphics card plugged in instead of still using the onboard GPU.
Again potential buyers , take note – despite the impressive array of USB, Firewire, LAN, sound and display outputs, the SG33G5M does away with PS/2 ports. It will be compulsory to have to use USB-based keyboards & mice.
Here is the heatsink that has come a long way. With many variants and long used in Shuttle’s XPC line of PCs, it has been proven to cool efficiently, without hindering any height or weight restrictions. A 0.50amp 92mm fan is provided together with rubberized fan mounts to ensure better CPU temperatures.
Do take note that the wireless module we see here is only built in on the Deluxe model of the SG33G5M.
Next up, a look at the innards.