2. Unboxing, closer look
Below you see the rear side of theShuttle SZ270R8's retail box, which shows its basic features and specs. As we previously mentioned, it can be purchased across Europe in for about €325~350.
The main device is well-packaged and secured into its own box, and a seperate one includes the rest of the accessories:
- Multilanguage XPC Installation Guide
- Multi-language XPC Installation Guide (EN, DE, FR, ES, JP, KR, SC, TC)
- 32/64 bit driver disk for Windows
- 4x Serial ATA cables
- AC Power Cord (with protective-earth contacts)
- Heatsink Compound
- Protector cap for the CPU socket (do not use if heat-pipe or fan is mounted)
- Bag with screws
Additional accessories are on sale by Shuttle, including the PHD3: 3.5" to 2.5" adapter, the H-RS232 backpanel COM port adapter for RS232 serial interface and probably the most interesting and useful WLN-M Wireless LAN 802.11ac + BT4.0 module featuring two external antennas.
Besides the mainboard and the PSU, the chasis needs to be outfitted with a CPU, SSD/HDD, memory and possibly a graphic card - in case the CPU's built-in graphics is not enough for you - in order to operate. For our tests we installed the following components, kindly provided by Intel, Crucial and Asus:
The chasis has the typical dimensions (34.84 x 21.54 x 19.02 cm) of a mini-ITX Shuttle box:
The black aluminium chassis weighs in about 3.5kg. On the front brushed aluminium plate you will find the following ports: 1x Microphone input, 1x Headphones output (line-out), 2x USB 3.0, Power button, 1x Power LED (blue) and 1x Hard disk drive LED (yellow):
In the rear panel there are the following ports/ interfaces:
- 1x HDMI v1.4b
- 2x DisplayPort v1.2 
- 4x USB 3.0
- 4x USB 2.0
- 2x Gigabit LAN (RJ45)
- 3x Audio 3.5 mm (Line-in, Line-out, Microphone-in)
- Clear CMOS button
- Optional: serial port RS-232 (Accessory: H-RS232)
- 3x perforation for optional WLAN antennas (Accessory: WLN-M)
The two LAN ports can be used in a "teaming function" , which allows you to group both network adapters together in order to function as a single adapter. The benefit of this approach is that it enables load balancing and failover.
In the illustration below you see the maximum dimensions of the graphics card you can fit nto the chasis. Anew graphics card mechanism supports the installation up to 120mm of height graphic cards (support to max. size of 280 x 120 x 40 mm. It also allows easier installations of separate graphics cards or other expansion cards.