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Samsung Introduces Its Own High-End Cylindrical Desktop Computer

Postby sunnyd » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:09 pm

Story : http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/10/samsung-introduces-its-own-high-end-cylin





There’s a new black cylindrical desktop in town, but unfortunately for fans of the nearly three-year-old Mac Pro, this one isn’t from Apple. Samsung’s “ArtPC Pulse” desktop, revealed today via Amazon listings, isn’t quite the PC version of the Mac Pro, but that description isn’t far off.

The port layout in particular is distinctly Mac Pro-esque, though not as high-end. It has four USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, an audio jack, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a power connector arranged vertically on its back. That power plug implies that, like the Mac Pro, the system saves some space on your floor with an internal power supply, which is a nice touch.

One major point of departure is the system’s top layer, which is apparently a 360-degree speaker from Harmon Kardon. The Mac Pro has an integrated speaker, but it’s definitely not a major selling point. Samsung is more interested in pushing the Pulse as an entertainment PC.

Aesthetic comparisons aside, the Pulse is aimed pretty squarely at the high end of the consumer market and not at the workstation market. Both models include quad-core Skylake Core i5-6400 and i7-6700 CPUs, which are solid performers but not replacements for the 6-, 8-, and 12-core CPUs that come with higher-end Mac Pros.







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