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    October 11, 2016

    Samsung introduces the ArtPC Pulse – its own Mac Pro

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    Samsung has introduced the ArtPC Pulse; a new cylindrical entertainment PC that comes equipped with a 360-degree speaker made by Harmon-Kadon.

    It might have taken a while, but it would seem Apple’s cylindrical Mac Pro has set something of a design precedent among high-end PC manufacturers. The latest to join that roster is Samsung, who’ve debuted the ArtPC Pulse; an entertainment PC that sports its own Harmon-Kadon speaker on the top.

    Sporting a decidedly Mac Pro I/O, the ArtPC Pulse sports four USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, an audio jack, one Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and an SD card reader.

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    The top-mounted Harmon-Kadon speaker fires in 360-degrees, making the ArtPC Pulse an attractive destination as a hub for all things audio.

    Internally, the ArtPC Pulse will be configured in two variations – a Core i5 model will include 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a Radeon RX 460 GPU with 2GB of RAM. The higher-end Core i7 model comes equipped with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, and the same Radeon RX 460 GPU. Presently, no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi specs have been made available to the press.

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    The ArtPC Pulse will sell as a Microsoft ‘Signature Edition’ PC, meaning that it will ship with a clean install of Windows 10 aboard and very few pre-installed apps.

    The Pulse will reportedly ship alongside “expansion modules”, which would supposedly add stylized internal components to the PC that will fit inside its cylindrical frame. The one module revealed thus far is a 1TB hard drive set, which already comes installed on the premium i7 model.

    The entry-level Pulse will retail for $1,200 USD, while the premium i7 model will retail for $1,600. Both devices are available for pre-order now, and will become available on October 28th.

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    Pre-order the Samsung ArtPC Pulse at Amazon here

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