Samsung ArtPC Pulse Combines a PC With a 360-Degree Speaker

Apple’s Mac Pro is an interestingly designed device, but having a Mac and having to use MacOS might not be your cup of tea. Where apple can’t deliver, Samsung comes to the rescue with their upcoming ArtPC Pulse desktop computer system.

The cylindrical PC is just 10.7 inches tall and weighs about 12 pounds, yet it still packs a powerful desktop computer and a 360-degree sound system in one elegant package. There are two different hardware models to choose from where the smaller one comes with an Intel Core i5 (6th gen), 8GB DDR4 memory, 256GB NVMe storage, and an AMD Radeon RX 460 graphics cards. The bigger model has a better Core i7 CPU and double the memory as it comes with 16GB DDR4. It features the same graphics card and NVMe storage as the smaller model but also comes with a 1TB SATA drive for additional local storage needs.

The sound system isn’t a bad one at all as it is a Harmon Kardon built system. The 360-degree omni-directional speaker on the top will most likely double up for a personal assistant feature, but its main purpose seems to be to deliver a great sound all around.

The ArtPC Pulse also features all the usual kind of connectors such as plenty of USB, RJ45 Ethernet, USB-C, and HDMI, and it even comes with built-in card reader.

Samsung teased the ArtPC on YouTube last week (video below and where we get the personal assistant idea from) and they said they’ll officially announce it today with full features and specifications. As of writing, that hasn’t happened yet and the current information come from available product listings.

In case you wonder what such a system will cost you, then we got this covered too and it might not be as much as you thought. The cheaper Core i5 version will set you back $1199.99 while the bigger Core i7 system will set you back $1599.99. Both feature an estimated availability set for October the 28th.

Bohs Hansen

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