Dell XCS: Snap-On PC Concept

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This concept for a future Dell XCS PC is called evolutionary by its designers, but it looks pretty revolutionary to us. The developers have somehow determined that consumers are afraid to get their hands dirty under the hood of a conventional PC, and would be more likely to tinker with their hot rods if they consisted of snap-together modular parts.

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So they've designed a PC with an easy-as-pie numbering system, where all those megahertz and gigahertz and other complicated numerologies are replaced by simple single-digit numbers. Plus, they've made it impossible to insert one of these modules into the wrong place.

But wait. If you take away the degree of difficulty, doesn't that diminish the degree of satisfaction once the job is done? Nevertheless, this is one badass-looking PC. Maybe someday we'll see one in the real world.

Dell XCS [Yanko Design]

DISCUSSION

Well, technology is halfway there already... half of those modules can be run off of USB or FireWire itself, and some of the more intensive modules could sit very close to the computing module.

As for Ikea, while they do use particle board, the furniture itself seems far more solidly constructed than Wal-Mart (and most other cheap furniture store) stuff. That, and the veneering is done much better so the particleboard itself doesn't swell so badly if you spill some water on it.

You can make good furniture out of particleboard, you just have to design it for proper strength (nothing says cheap than a table or shelf with a sag in the middle, or after it's assemble it wobbles badly). That, and having assembled my fair share of non-Ikea furniture, I can say Ikea at least has a better QA department - nothing's more irritating than having pre-drilled furniture with the holes that really don't align with each other (while most have a small misalignment, it usually isn't very bad), screws that are too large or too small for the hole, or other fasteners that are *just* too short or too long, so that you can never quite get it to latch. It's not like Ikea's standards are very high, just that they're higher than other furniture manufacturers.

(That, and Ikea's stores are far nicer to visit than a furniture store - Ikea stores are persistently crowded vs. other stores.).

It's sorta like Apple vs. Dell - sure, they *can* make nice machines, if they tried...