Sometime in the last few years, all the big hardware and data companies out there must've had a secret meeting, because it seems like everyone wants to put a light-up cylinder in our homes. Companies like Amazon and Google have simple assistants like Alexa and Google Home in small devices. Apple's Mac Pro and HP's Pavillion Wave pack full computers into cylinders. Even smaller vendors like MSI has joined the fray with its Vortex. Now, Samsung is getting into the cylinder game with the ArtPC Pulse, a subwoofer and bug-zapper lookalike intended to meet all your modern computing needs.
While some of the aforementioned devices were ostensibly designed with the intent of blending into a room and minimizing the visual impact of having a PC, it seems like Samsung's ArtPC Pulse goes for the opposite effect. Whereas the HP Pavillion Wave is wrapped in fabric to make it look like a piece of furniture, Samsung's device is a sleek gunmetal grey cylinder that glows, thanks to its ambient blue LED lighting. Like the Wave, though, it acts not just as a computer but as a speaker as well, with sound provided by audio company Harman Kardon.
Amazon's pre-order page advertises expansion modules for the ArtPC, including a 1TB HDD module. None of the modules are pictured in the Amazon listing, and Samsung doesn't have a product page for the ArtPC yet (the company is likely busy with other stuff right now). We're not quite sure how the modules will attach or what modules will be available, apart from the HDD.
The ArtPC comes in two equally grey-and-blue flavors. The lower-power model includes a Core i5 CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The more expensive version of the ArtPC Pulse packs a Core i7 CPU clocked at 2.4GHz, 16GB of RAM, and a dual-storage setup with a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. Graphics horsepower in both comes by way of AMD's RX 460 graphics card with 2GB of VRAM. The ArtPC Pulse appears to be cut from the same cloth as the Wave—minus the Wave's literal cloth covering. Both are consumer-oriented systems meant for those who want their PC to take up as little space and with as little clutter as possible, and who aren't worried about upgrading it later on.
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