Samsung has confirmed that it is following Apple into the world of desktop PCs that look like bins, announcing the impending launch of the ArtPC Pulse family of cylindrical rigs.
Teased by Samsung and revealed in full thanks to listings on Amazon, the ArtPC Pulse machine owes a debt to both Apple's Mac Pro
and Amazon's Echo range. The guts of the PC are, as with the Mac Pro, housed in a cylindrical chassis, though complicated through an Echo-style light ring and a top-mounted Harmon Kardon 360-degree speaker system. The result is an odd design which comes across as half bin and half Star Wars droid, but one which is undeniably eye-catching compared to the traditional black box approach of the PC world.
Inside the metal chassis of the ArtPC is a choice of hardware: the entry-level model includes a 2.7GHz sixth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB of DDR4 memory, and an AMD Radeon RX 460 2GB graphics processor; the higher-end model upgrades the internals to include a 3.4GHz Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive in addition to the 256GB SSD. Both come with Windows 10 pre-loaded.
While Samsung's designs are likely to draw considerable attention, the company isn't alone in following Apple into the bin-like PC realm: earlier this year Cryorig announced the Ola PC case
, inspired by Apple's design, while MSI and HP have also teased their own cylindrical systems.
Amazon US listings for the entry-level
and top-end ArtPCs
are live now ahead of an October 28th launch date, with UK pricing and availability yet to be confirmed. Samsung's teaser video for the range is reproduced below.