Shuttle NC02U w/ Intel Celeron 3855U Review 2

Shuttle NC02U w/ Intel Celeron 3855U Review

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We would like to thank Shuttle for supplying the review sample.

Shuttle is well known for its compact PC offerings. Its newest addition to the XPC nano category is the NC02U line, successor to the NC01U series. The entry NC02U model is equipped with a weak Intel Celeron CPU, but higher models come with a more capable i3, i5, or i7 CPU, with the flagship unit featuring an i7-6500U CPU. This means you can have a really strong palm-sized PC that will fit anywhere thanks to its 0.85 liter form factor.

Up to 32 GB of DDR3L low-voltage RAM can be installed into these PCs, and their integrated HD graphics will be enough for 4K media content. The main difference to the previous line is that the NC02U models use a new design that makes installing both storage and memory modules easier. A single 2.5" HDD or SSD with a height of up to 15 mm is supported, and the NC02U units are equipped with a lot of I/O ports, including HDMI, DisplayPort, a bunch of USB 3.0 ports, including a Type-C port, Gigabit Ethernet, and even an RS232 port. As you can see, these tiny PCs are fully loaded, and not only for the standards of their compact form factor.

The most affordable NC02U model comes with the Intel Celeron 3855U CPU, while its bigger brothers use the i3-6100U (NC02U3), i5-6200U (NC02U5), and i7-6500U (NC02U7) CPUs. We will evaluate the NC02U in this review in order to figure out whether its weak processor is enough to cover the basic needs of an average user. We don't expect it to set new performance records but would like to see decent multimedia performance since such small PCs are usually used for multimedia tasks, light office work, and Internet browsing.


Shuttle NC02U
Form FactorShuttle 0.85 liter form factor

Operating System

• An operating system is not included
• Supports Windows 7/8.1/10, Linux (64-bit)


Intel HD510 Graphics, DX 12, supports 4K

CPUIntel Celeron 3855U processor (1.6 GHz "Skylake")
Optional support i3-6100U, i5-6200U, i7-6500U
Memory Support2 x 204 pin DDR3L SODIMM slots, 16 GB per DIMM (max 32 GB)
Dual Channel DDR3L 1333/1600 Mhz
NetworkingRealtek 8111E X2
IEEE 802.3u 100Base-T specification revision 1.0
100Mb/s and 1Gb/s operation
Support Wake-On-LAN function
AudioRealtek ALC662
ODD SupportNo
Storage Interface6.0 Gb/s bandwidth SATA III
I/O Ports Front

• 1x USB 3.0 (Type A)
• 1x USB 3.0 (Type C)
• SD card reader

I/O Ports Rear - Side

• HDMI 1.4
• DisplayPort 1.2
• 2x USB 2.0
• Gigabit LAN
• SD card reader
• Audio combo
• COM port


Wireless LAN 802.11n, Internal antenna
WLAN Controller Realtek RTL8188EE

Drive Bays

One 6.35 cm / 2.5” bay, 15 mm height supports one SATA hard disk or SSD

CoolerBuilt-in CPU cooling fan with 4-pin connector

External 65 W fanless power adapter (19 V DC, max. 3.42 A, max)

Power ConsumptionIdle mode: 6.7~7.8 W, full load: 11.3 / 21.7 W (without/with graphics)
(measured with 2x 4 GB DDR3L SO-DIMM, 120 GB 2.5" SSD, Windows 10-1607 64 bit)
Expansion Slot• M.2-2280 slot supports SSD card (SATA+PCIe)
• PCI-Express Gen. 2.0 X4 with up to 32 Gbps
• Supports M.2 cards with a width of 22 mm and a length of 42, 60 or 80 mm (type 2242, 2260, 2280)
Vesa Mount

75 / 100 mm (provided)

Dimensions142 mm (W) x 42 mm (H) x 142 mm (L)
Warranty2 years
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