Samsung ArtPC Pulse wants to make a statement

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.

The cheaper model is up for pre-order at $1,200, while the more powerful one clocks in at $1,600. Both models are set to release on October 28.

 

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    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    where’s the button to push for water? looks like a city park water fountain.

    • Laykun
    • 3 years ago

    A computer built just to antagonize Apple into trying to sue Samsung again.

    • spugm1r3
    • 3 years ago

    I’m just trying to understand where you would put a PC that appears to have an upward facing speaker. Where’s that perfect spot that gives you the convenience of attaching to a screen that doesn’t render the speaker completely useless?

    • iBend
    • 3 years ago

    IMO
    it looks better than it’s competitors, and that price-tag is fair enough for given specs… and brand…

    • Meadows
    • 3 years ago

    I thought this was another one of those hydraulic press videos.

    • Crackhead Johny
    • 3 years ago

    Looks familiar.
    Let me guess it is better than my ~5gzh 5-7 year old TR build guide box because Photoshop?
    Shouldn’t it cost 11,000$?

    • cynan
    • 3 years ago

    I hope that connecting blue cylinder is some sort of plasma suspension system. Whose idea was it to couple a relatively sizable low frequency transducer enclosure to a PC?

    Everyone knows that extra exposure to vibrations significantly increase mechanical hard drive reliability, not to mention keeping ram dimms and pcie cards nice and secure in their respective slots. It’s probably great for the longevity of the most delicate of PCB traces too.

      • Waco
      • 3 years ago

      You’d be surprised how resiliant HDDs are to mechanical vibration these days. I have a massive HT setup that literally shakes the foundation, yet I don’t even see much of a perturbation in performance when the NAS is only 8-10 feet from the wall of subwoofers.

        • ColeLT1
        • 3 years ago

        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq4[/url<]

          • Waco
          • 3 years ago

          I love that video. 🙂

          The vibrations from a subwoofer are much lower frequency (granted, greater amplitude though) than yelling at a rack. I would bet seeks are the most impacted, streaming reads don’t seem to suffer much. No head crashes yet even with subsonics at high volume in my array. :shrug:

          I definitely understand not wanting to couple the subwoofer with something mechanical like a HDD though. It would not be my first choice for HTPC placement. 😛

          EDIT: Further fun: [url<]http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37337868[/url<]

    • GrimDanfango
    • 3 years ago

    And yet again, they missed the whole point of the Apple design they’re mimicking – that a cylindrical layout means you can fill the center space with a single large cooling solution that all the other system components back onto, allowing a very powerful workstation cooled by a single fan, in a relatively tiny space.

    Nope, the point is obviously to bolt a middling system onto a middling subwoofer and try to justify the big bucks solely on it looking sleek.

    I’ve no interest in the Mac Pro, but at least they tried to actually do something genuinely revolutionary with the design.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    The ArtPC has been skewered on ars in the past few days, I’m surprised the TR crowd has been so gentle with it. I mean, HDMI-out only? 460 with 2 GB VRAM? $1200? Pass.

    • TwoEars
    • 3 years ago

    I’d still hide it under the desk.

    • Corrado
    • 3 years ago

    EXTERRRMINAATTTTE!

    • Rageypoo
    • 3 years ago

    Is it going to catch on fire like the note 7?

      • ronch
      • 3 years ago

      Not if you charge it only up to 60%.

      • Concupiscence
      • 3 years ago

      It doesn’t have a honking big, high capacity battery in it, so probably not.

        • BurntMyBacon
        • 3 years ago

        Don’t underestimate Samsung’s ability to innovate new ways of getting the job done … never mind.

    • the
    • 3 years ago

    So Apple finally released a new Mac Pro… wait, this isn’t the new Mac Pro?!?!?

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Is the power connector really meant to be there in front?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      so you can unplug it quickly if you’re sitting at the computer and hear it “hisssssssss” right before it goes “boom”

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      That’s actually the machine’s back.

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        So the Samsung and Harman Kardon logos sit at the back? Plus all the ports and card slots and power button?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          Mac Pro is that way too. As a user, it’s aggravating to have to turn a machine around just to power it up. Same is true of the iMac and Mac Mini.

            • BurntMyBacon
            • 3 years ago

            I’d set the MAC PRO (and this Samsung system) to the left of the monitor and sideways. That way, I still have relatively easy access to my ports and power button, while the cord mess tucks in behind the monitor.

            I still don’t know why that is supposed to be the back if the logo is there. It’s very easy to move the logo in production, leading me to believe that it was initially supposed to be the front, but things didn’t work out the way they wanted.

          • DPete27
          • 3 years ago

          Form or Function. You choose.

            • BurntMyBacon
            • 3 years ago

            I think you loose a little bit of function either way. Having the power cord up front would necessarily reduce the distance the system could be located away from the plug. Additionally, it would reduce the usable space in front and around it where the cord would need to be routed. Turn it around and you loose quick access to the ports.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Woo, a subwoofer in the same physical chassis as a mechanical hard drive! I hope it’s battery powered for explosive bass boost!

    More seriously though, that actually looks half decent and although expensive it’s at least a usable spec for everything.

    • Wirko
    • 3 years ago

    A lighthouse? A warning siren? A coffee grinder? A camping stove? A ghost trap? All of these?

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 3 years ago

      Lantern. For camping. Don’t forget to bring a Samsung branded battery for it. It has the extra feature of being an excellent fire starter.

    • blastdoor
    • 3 years ago

    “bug zapper” is spot on!

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      If bug zapping was part of the functionality I’d actually be more interested in it.

        • ronch
        • 3 years ago

        Me too. Although my bug zapper has been on for hours and I can still hear a fly buzzing around.

    • EzioAs
    • 3 years ago

    Samsung already had more than enough statements these past few weeks, I don’t think we need any more.

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