Samsung’s “ArtPC Pulse” Desktop, Revealed Via Amazon Listings

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Samsung ArtPC

Samsung has quietly started taking pre-orders for the new ArtPC Pulse, a cylindrical computer that bears more than a passing resemblance to the current-gen Mac Pro. The two systems couldn’t be more different in terms of focus, however. While Mac is aimed squarely at workstation users, this ArtPC is most definitely intended for the home use. Its centerpiece is a top-mounted, 360-degree Harman Kardon speaker along with ambient lighting — much like HP’s Pavilion Wave, this could sit in the living room just as easily as it could in your den.

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Samsung ArtPC

ArtPC Hardware:

The hardware under the hood is very different as well. About only thing in common with the Mac is an included 256GB solid-state drive(SSD). Instead of a Xeon processor and workstation graphics, you are getting a 2.7GHz Core i5, 8GB of RAM and the entry-level Radeon RX 460 graphics. You would not be rendering advanced 3D models on this rig, in other words, but it’d be enough to play 4K video game and indulge in some light gaming. As it’s, Samsung is counting on expansion modules to pick up some of the slack. It has not detailed all of them or how they will work, but you can get a 1TB hard drive module if you need more space.

Model number DP700C6A-X01US DP700C6A-A01US
Processor

 

Intel Core i5 @ 2.7GHz (quad-core) Intel Core i7 @ 3.4GHz (quad-core)
Operating system

 

Windows 10 Home Signature Edition Windows 10 Home Signature Edition
System memory 8GB DDR4 16GB DDR4
Graphics

 

AMD Radeon RX 460 (2GB) AMD Radeon RX 460 (2GB)
Storage 256GB NVMe SSD 256GB NVMe SSD
Storage module included None 1TB 5,400RPM HDD
Ports §4x USB 3.0

§1x Ethernet

1x HDMI

1x USB Type-C

§1x SD card reader

§1x headphones jack

§4x USB 3.0

§1x Ethernet

1x HDMI

1x USB Type-C

§1x SD card reader

§1x headphones jack

Price $1,200 $1,600
Pre-order one now from AMAZON AMAZON

ArtPC Price:

The shift in focus leads to a much lower price than Apple’s machine, although the $1,200 you’ll pay is not cheap for what you’re getting. You are most definitely paying a premium for both the design and that speaker. At least you’d not have to wait long to see whether or not the ArtPC is worth your attention. If Amazon is correct, then the desktop ships on October 28th.