Apple Won't Give Us a New Mac Pro So Samsung Is Selling a Look-a-Like

By Christina Warren on at

More than three years ago, Apple started selling a computer that looks like a bin. Now Samsung has a very similar looking computer that is much cheaper.

Dubbed the ArtPC Pulse, this $1,200 (£971) computer looks even more trashcan-like than the Mac Pro. But see, this is all about art. (For the designers at Samsung, copying one of Apple’s designs is very avant-garde.) The ArtPC Pulse is nearly 11-inches tall and features circular lighting, along with a “Harmon Kardon 360-degree Omni-directional speaker unit.” Apparently, the computer also has removable expansion modules that will let you customize the system. A 1TB HDD module is available separately.

The basic specs aren’t as professional-friendly as the (now three year old) Xeon’s on the Mac Pro, but this is going to be a lot less expensive. For $1,200 (£971), you can get the ArtPC Pulse with an Intel Core i5 (Skylake), a 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, a Radeon RX 460 GPU, along with USB-C and HDMI ports. For $1,600 (£1,294), you can get it configured with a Core i7, 1TB SATA hard drive and 16GB of RAM.

I’m not really sure why it took Samsung three years to copy Apple’s cylindrical design for a desktop. Then again, Samsung’s not alone. HP built its own PC in a 360-degree speaker back in August. [Amazon via PCWorld]