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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Taste is always personal
by thavith_osn on Mon 14th Apr 2008 05:45 UTC
thavith_osn
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2005-07-11

But I guess beauty isn't just skin deep, so like other posters have said, it's more than just looks, I could design a Ferrari with a 4 cylinder engine and that would not be "beautiful"...

Having said that, I think I would include

C64 (or Vic20 - both great machines in their day and nicely designed).

Sinclair ZX80 or 81 (not the 16k ram pack - lol)

Apple ][ (the //c and //e looked nicer, but the ][ got the whole thing going, plus the 6502 at 1Mhz was fast back in 78 - does anyone else remember the new comuter smell ;-)

Amiga 500, cheap and powerful - maybe too powerful <evil laugh>

iMac (current model or the white one just before it)

iMac Bondi Blue (ugly now, but wow back in 98 and fast - ok, maybe not the mouse so much, looked nice though - he he)

Agree with Sun's Pizza box

Cray should be there, ah, those comfy couches... Never saw one, but would love too...

Agree with Next

Don't agree with BeBox, a great OS and nice hardware, but damn ugly (IMO) - sorry...

Actually, the Current Power Mac is very nice too,
AirBook (but limited in power, so I would leave it off)

As for PC cases, hmmm... I think Sony does a great job...
Think Pad should be there too...
Maybe we need a list of the top 50, 10 is too hard...

As for best design in a computer, for me it would go to the <drum roll> original Mac. (yes, i know what I said about Ferrari and 4 cylinder engines), but this thing was a brilliantly designed box (both inside at the OS level and outside at the hardware level) for a specific market. It proved to be over priced and under powered, but apart from that, it was an amazing engineering feat!!! You could go with a Mac couple of models up with the HD and extra slots for memory... The Amiga runs a close close second - for the me OS and drives lets it down) - I owned an Amiga back then by the way, not a Mac...

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RE: Taste is always personal
by frood on Mon 14th Apr 2008 06:19 in reply to "Taste is always personal"
frood Member since:
2005-07-06

- I owned an Amiga back then by the way, not a Mac...

Shame we all feel like we need to put in these anti-flame disclaimers in our opinions.

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