Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Apr 2008 16:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Every now and then, a computer comes along that makes a mark, that sets a trend, or that simply stuns you - but not because of its internals, its processor or its software, but because of its appearance. Through the history of computing, there have been a number of computers that were actually designed to appeal not just because of raw technology alone, but also because of stunning looks. Read on for a countdown of my ten most beautiful computers.
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What about HP? And DIY...
by irbis on Mon 14th Apr 2008 00:12 UTC
irbis
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2005-07-08

I agree that Apple has always known how to design good-looking products. But, for example, HP products or Sony laptops are not bad-looking either. Actually - in my humble opinion - a Sony Vaio or most new PCs by HP could beat BeBox or most other models listed in the article here - in looks & design... - but that is just my opinion, of course...

Anyway, the best looking computer is the DIY one, built from the components that you want. In other words: choose and buy the most functional and best looking computer case/enclosure (& other components) to suit your personal tastes. Personally I might perhaps choose some of the new Antec cases because they are also very well designed from functionality point of view: http://www.antec.com/us/pro_en_performance1.php

Edited 2008-04-14 00:23 UTC

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RE: What about HP? And DIY...
by ari-free on Mon 14th Apr 2008 01:04 in reply to "What about HP? And DIY..."
ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

I agree with you there. I have deep respect for all those at tomshardware who make their computers their own.

Another thing...any computer can be made beautiful if you stick in in a cabinet and close the door ;)

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

I agree with you there. I have deep respect for all those at tomshardware who make their computers their own.


That's interesting. While things like case modding have been a sign of "geekness" longer time ago, there's an industry behind it today. Nothing special anymore, except you decide to do something really strange... like putting a PC into a robotron K8924 case:

http://www.robotrontechnik.de/bilder/PCs/K8924/K8924_klein_k.jpg

The bigger the device is, the less need is for loud fans. It's possible to build a silent system that looks at if it comes from ancient history, but features an up-to-date UNIX system. :-) I'll see if I will find the time to disassemble my defective K8924 and put something useful in. It's just sad that it is nearly completely unimaginable to re-use the contact-less (!) Hall keyboard...

Another thing...any computer can be made beautiful if you stick in in a cabinet and close the door ;)


Talk to mainframe guys what they find "looks good" and you'll get interesting impressions. :-)

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