Friday, September 28, 2007

The Most Beautiful PC You Can Buy

Up until a couple of years ago, it wasn't common finding the words "beautiful" and "PC" in the same sentence. PCs were usually gray, boring boxes. When Dell decided to ship computers with black chassis, it was heralded as a major design decision.

Then along came Apple and shipped the original iMac (worked on this one at my first startup), and suddenly "design" stopped being a dirty word, in reference to PCs and technology in general. I'm sure you all remember that period, at the beginning of this millennium, where everything, from a computer to a utensil, was coated in transparent plastic.

Apple continued shipping computers that looked great (including my Mac Mini - the nicest piece of technology in my living room) and various other gadgets (like the latest batch of iPods, the iPhone and the AppleTV) that look like they belong in a museum. The iMac evolved, and the latest titanium-encased model looks like this:

So, imagine my surprise when I came across this PC from Gateway (yes, the "Cow" company), called Gateway One:

Not only does this PC looks gorgeous, but it actually contains some very nice features:
  1. Embedded web cam.
  2. Transparent keyboard (well, not necessary, but nice).
  3. TV Tuner.
  4. Remote control.
  5. And guess where all the ports (USB, sound,ethernet, etc.) are located? On the power brick!
    Only one wire needs to be connected to the actual computer. How's that for smart design?

There are 3 models, ranging from $1300 to $1800 (for different hd, memory and video card configurations). See the full spec here.

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