Samsung recently teased a new PC product and now the curtain has dropped and we have something definitely unusual. Say hello to the ArtPC, a cylindrical desktop that most certainly stands out in a crowd of bland boxes. It's odd looking, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's not ugly, or is it? I don't know yet.
Babble about the design aside, Samsung has produced a mid-tier desktop, erm, 'box' that combines a Skylake Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with an AMD RX 460 GPU and 8GB or 16GB of DDR4 RAM. It's not for the hardcore gamers, more being targeted at creatives who want a little extra graphics power for crunching high-resolution photos and videos.
Samsung will offer a 1TB HDD module, but stock storage is a 256GB NVMe SSD. And we know how good Samsung SSDs are. You've got HDMI, USB, USB-C, SD and Ethernet, none of which come as a surprise on a 2016 desktop PC.
But back to that design for a moment. Up top there's an omnidirectional speaker unit by Harman Kardon, which in itself is an unusual item to have on a desktop PC. And it's modular, so as with the HDD option, Samsung says you'll be able to customize bits of the ArtPC to swap out parts easily to match your own needs.
The ArtPC is set to start shipping from October 28 with the i5 model costing $1200.