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The Reinvention of the Desktop PC as Art

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Desktops are dead! Well, not quite, but the beige boxes so many of us grew up with are, and have long been, on the wane. The next, possibly redemptive step for the desktop PC? Decoration. And why the hell not?

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What Jeffrey Stephenson has done here is take a well-known (in some circles) PC case, the flamboyantly bizarre Thermaltake Level 10, and scaled it down, fuzzily, to 25% of its original size. (He calls this one the Level 11.) Plastic becomes wood, black finish become silver, and its various partitions and compartments are reconfigured from something HR Giger could have designed into a compact piece of hand-designed furniture. Wedged inside is a VIA Nano processor and a set of netbook-esque internals; just enough to cut it as an HD media center box.

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Illustration for article titled The Reinvention of the Desktop PC as Art

And really, that's the kind of role the so-called "desktop" is destined for: It'll sit under our TVs; next to monitors that easily dwarf it; nestled between unsightly network hardware, serving up files to the rest of the house. Today, desktops should blend. [SlipperySkip via Dvice]

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frankurd
Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

Is the Coca Cola can part of the unit or is it just there for some other reason ?

Also, there's something about having a wood case that's filled with metal pieces which get really hot that concerns me. Of course, it's a step up from the cardboard PC case.