Review: Shuttle's K-4500 Linux PC

Post about our review of Shuttle's K-4500 Linux system

We finally finished our review of Shuttle's KPC K-4500, the Foresight Linux-based small form factor desktop that Shuttle announced a few weeks back. This review covers the lowest end complete system. Shuttle also offers a bare-bones K45 model (with no operating system) as well as a few others with higher-end hardware and Vista Basic.

Shuttle's KPC K-4500 comes cheap at $229 for a complete system. CNET

As for this model, tread lightly if that $229 price tag makes you think it'll be good for the kids or the non-tech inclined. Not that the Foresight Linux operating system is hard to use, it just might require your help to maintain (try asking a 5-year-old to install a DVD codec, for example). But if you're looking for a cheap, complete Linux system, or you simply want a small PC to knock around on, the K-4500 offers some remarkable bang for your buck.

For the full scoop, check out the full review of Shuttle's K-4500 Linux PC.

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Rich Brown is an executive editor for CNET Reviews. He has worked as a technology journalist since 1994.

 

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