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Shuttle KPC K-4500-RS Intel Celeron 430 1.8 GHz Intel GMA 950 512MB DDR2 80GB Black Mini PC

  • 80GB
  • 512MB

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Just because you work in a cube doesn't mean everything has to be ugly. The K-4500-RS Perfect Cube Mini PC from Shuttle is a space and power saving system that's a great choice for everyday tasks. It comes with an Intel Celeron 430 CPU for a great balance of power and efficiency. The Foresight Linux OS isn’t a memory hog so you only need the 512MB that's installed, though you can upgrade to 2GB if necessary.

The glossy black front cover has a removable clear panel that you can put your favorite picture behind. Or you can change images depending on your mood so other people coming into your space can get a heads up in regards to your mood.

Though the case is small, there's plenty of room for external expansion. Four USB 2.0 ports give you a multitude of options for external devices. A PCIe x16 expansion slot allows you to add more powerful video or other capabilities as needed. Power, efficiency and attractiveness - Shuttle hit the trifecta with the K-4500-RS!

  • newegg Customizable Front Panel Insert your memorial photos or favorite panel images behind the Shuttle KPC K-4500-RS’ crystal panel to match your mood or your home décor.
  • newegg Compact Cube Design With a compact cube design, the Shuttle KPC K-4500-RS adds stylishness to your desk without taking up much desktop space.
  • newegg Integrated Intel GMA 950 Graphics Core The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (GMA 950) graphics core is an intelligent and responsive graphics engine built into the Intel 945GC chipset that is on the motherboard. This integration provides incredible visual quality, faster graphics performance and flexible display options without the need for a separate graphics card.
  • newegg Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity The Shuttle KPC K-4500-RS features a fast Gigabit network interface for high-speed LAN connections at up to 1000Mbps data transfer rates with advanced security features to ward off malicious attacks. Gigabit LAN is ideal for supercharged seamless streaming of Internet audio and video content.
  • newegg Foresight Linux Operating System The Foresight Linux operating system features an intuitive interface and assorted desktop software with enhanced security and stability to fully suit your everyday computing needs.

Learn more about the Shuttle Computer K-4500-RS


Intel Celeron 430
512MB DDR2
Hard Drive
Intel GMA 950
5.1 Channel High Definition Audio
Operating System
Foresight Linux (Pre-Install)

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Celeron 430
CPU Socket
CPU Speed
1.8 GHz
CPU L2 Cache


North Bridge
Intel 945GC
South Bridge
Intel ICH7


Onboard Video
Intel GMA 950
Graphics Memory
Shared 224MB Video Memory
Graphics DirectX Support
DirectX 9


Memory slot
2 x 240Pin
Memory Capacity
Memory Type
DDR2 667/533
Max Memory Supported

Hard Drive

HDD Capacity
HDD Interface


Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC662
6 Channel


First LAN
Marvell 88E8056
Wireless LAN
WiFi (Optional Shuttle PN20 802.11a/g)
Max LAN Speed

Back Panel Ports

1 x D-SUB
Rear USB
Rear Audio Ports
3 jacks

Power Supply

110~240V AC
Power Supply

Physical Spec

11.0" x 7.5" x 6.7"


Customizable front face plate
USB installer (Optional)
Recover DVD

Manufacturer Warranty

K-4500-RS Complete Barebone
Driver Disk
User Manual
Power Cord
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information

Customer Reviews of the Shuttle Computer K-4500-RS

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  • Robert H.
  • 5/22/2008 4:47:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsvery noisy, good server box in a closet

Pros: Very small box with decent hardware for linux. The default linux should be wiped and replaced with fedora or ubuntu or something stable. Other than that, great little server box.

Cons: Very noisy little power supply fan is on full blast all the time - sounds like a little 1u mini server fan. No problem in a server room or a closet, but not something you want on a desktop.

Other Thoughts: Shuttle sells a no-fan silent power supply, but it costs about $90. Puts a power supply brick outside the box, but claims no noise. Have no idea if it works for this box, but seems like it would make the noise level drop to a manageable level.

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  • Jason S.
  • 5/15/2008 10:50:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBob

Pros: The price is perfect. These make great computers for basic web surfing and office use. I installed Ubuntu without any issues. Very happy with the purchase.

Cons: The warranty issue other reviewers mentioned. As a reminder be aware you cannot install an internal CD/DVD drive. The bay is blocked with sheet metal. I knew this when I made the purchase. An external CD/DVD is a worth while investment though, since you don't always use your CD/DVD drive and can unplug it when not in use to save some electricity.

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these for two relatives who use them for web surfing and some light applications. They love'em.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/13/2008 7:53:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsIT Guru II - Warranty Sticker

Pros: I see one other review based on the "sticker". I have a shuttle XPC and it also came with the warranty sticker. The first thing I wanted to do when I got it was to replace the DVD drive. I was very upset about the warranty sticker and called Shuttle ready to fight and complain that all I wanted to do was upgrade the DVD drive. Shuttle's response was a pleasant. "Sure go right ahead and do that. We will make a note about it in your file..."

Cons: This little guy only has a 100w psu so I am not quite sure how much upgrading you will be able to do anyway.

Other Thoughts: I had to mention this even though I don't own a KPC but I am seriously looking into getting one for each of my children so they will leave my computer alone!

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  • Sam T.
  • 5/10/2008 9:53:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Linux Box

Pros: This is a fantastic Linux desktop at a great price. Even before upgrading to 2GB RAM it was performing great. Better yet, all the hardware is well supported and working fully.

Cons: Oddly, the pre-installed Linux copy didn't have the root password it was supposed to have. I had been planning to at least give Foresight Linux a try, but I installed Fedora 8 on it instead. I suppose I could have booted into single-user mode to fix that too.

Other Thoughts: Ooooo, shiny. Prettiest PC I've ever owned and the cheapest too!

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  • Bruce H.
  • 5/9/2008 7:23:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBeautiful but noisy

Pros: High quality fit and finish. Small size. Beautiful design. Foresight Linux OS with Gnome desktop is attractive and quite fast with this hardware. Good installed software selection.

Cons: I am disappointed with the fan noise. This computer is much louder than typical and IMHO too loud for a desktop.

Other Thoughts: Small is good; small and very quiet would be great.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/5/2008 11:40:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little PC

Pros: Size, Price. For the price tag it is a great PC as long as you know what ur buying. It comes with a Linux OS which keeps the price down. Customizable faceplate f.t.w???

Cons: Only fan is the cpu heatsink fan, but does have the option to add a 92mm case fan on the back which i just ordered after recieveing mine. limited technical information included. had to get a tape measure to see what size the case fan was.

Other Thoughts: I ordered this pc to use as a file server/test machine for my new appartment. I had 2gb of ram lying around so i put that in and also purchased a 250gb drive just for storage. The machine comes with LINUX, not a bad thing, just a consideration. Also there are NO optical (cd etc..) drives on this machine. But USB cd/floppies work great. No trouble installing XP x64, server 2k3 or linux on the machine with the usb cd.

You can put 2 HDD in the chasis. There are 2 Sata controllers and 1 ide controller.

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  • Nick P.
  • 5/4/2008 10:54:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat little machine, dumb sticker

Pros: I set this up as a little home server and it works great. Note that it draws 42 watts in its normal idle state (some of the marketing materials say 33 watts, but that's for a lower spec cpu). The performance is fine for basic surfing. It came with some linux distro which seemed a bit unpolished, so I installed Ubuntu 8.04 and it works great. Since there's no CD drive you need to make a bootable usb key and drop into the bios to boot from it. The interior appears to have space for 2 drives, but there's only one sata cable included.

Cons: There's a "warranty void if removed" sticker that supposed to keep you from opening up the box. And yet all the marketing materials talk about how the user can upgrade the memory and disk. So which is it guys? This is very annoying, as you unbox this thing you've just bought, and then there's this sticker taking away some rights you thought you had. This is the only reason I couldn't give it 5 stars.

Other Thoughts: No weirdness installing closed-source drivers is required. All the graphics and everything work great just with the base OS ... I believe this is due to Intel's making sure their hardware supports open drivers. Go Intel! We need more manufacturers like that for a reliable and competitive software environment. I'm looking at you ATI and nVidia.

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  • Dennis C.
  • 4/19/2008 4:59:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsnice and small

Pros: nice and small, great price, shiney, connects nicely to my 40' Samsung TV

Cons: For those that dump the O/S that it came with and install Windows XP, beware I was not able to do it with trying 3 different external USB optical drives and several XP CD's. It would just go black after the first Windows install screen when it detects hardware. Found out it could not see the SATA drive. So used the PATA on another drive then cloned it over to SATA just get Windows installed. That was not fun. I also, bought the wireless network PN-20 Shuttle device. It does not install properly on that case. I had to MOD it just to get it on by bending the metal mounts for it on the case just to get it in. It only has th stock CPU fan and the power fan. Has a place for a third back fan. It is much louder the more hotter it gets. So much so I set it to go into Stanby in 30 minutes. The manual is a single large piece of paper. What a joke. The WEB site is nothing what I am use to compared to ASUS motherboards. No place for internal optical drive can be a problem.

Other Thoughts: With all the cons I do I like it.

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  • Edward M.
  • 4/15/2008 4:41:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsslimmer version may be better for you

Pros: Nice version to those who don't want to build

Cons: You are basically paying too much for the extra parts. I would build this with a celeron processor but I would not be using the anemic 512mb of ram or the 80gb hard drive.

Other Thoughts: Go with the cheaper version if you don't mind building yourself.

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  • Vincent J.
  • 4/13/2008 11:42:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsIT Guru

Pros: I was thinking about getting this one as it seems compact and equipped, but now I have issues with it ( see below).

Cons: Beware: Note the waranty sticker on back of comptuer.
After seeing the waranty sticker I am steering clear of this shuttle computer just for what the company is trying to do to their customers. Over priced for what they imply and limit you to on their terms

Shuttle cannot, under US Federal LAW, void your waranty.
You as a user have the right to add new compatable equipment in YOUR computer. Any other terms dictate control over the consumer and the end product which becomes the property of the purchaser. Granted if said user messes up or parts are wrong and damage equipment resulting from those additions they are not covered. US Warranty law with reference to Tie-in sales and FTC Trade Act.

Other Thoughts: *Note
This has nothing to do with NEWEGG they only sell it, it is totally a manufacturer issue and compliance between the US federal Gov, Shuttle and you as purhcaser and enduser

NewEgg rocks brings us variety and new toys rock on !
... just wish the manufacturers did half as good.

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