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Really Stylish PCs and Peripherals

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the style-matters dept.

Hardware 310

knipknap writes "With Christmas lying ahead I decided it was time to present myself new PC hardware. Of course, nothing can be good enough for my Linux box, so I ran looking for some really nice cases - but was soon disappointed by the very little options available when it comes to stylish cases. There is the very nice Hoojum Nanode, which is for Nano-ITX boards only, while I was looking for more powerful alternatives. Then there was the Cubit P4, also from Hoojum, which seemed to suit my needs. I ordered one via mini-itx.com, but unfortunately they messed up the order and noticed only after it was already sold out... so there went my last option. I was also recommended Hush (I already own one) and Shuttle, both of which I found looking kind of cheap. Another problem seems to be finding good peripherals - I have not found a single higher quality mouse and keyboard outside the plastic computer world. So I decided to ask Slashdotters - which other options are there available?" Personally I love the Hush box.

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wewt (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130260)

first post

uh uh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130264)

I love my "feel the chip just under my hand" mouse

try a mac (1, Informative)

sachins (833763) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130265)

mac's are really good looking if u r considering that as a option...also u can put ur linux on the mac box

Re:try a mac (0, Offtopic)

adeydas (837049) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130292)

how can you put linux in a mac box? please explain...

Re:try a mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130323)

you download one of the numerous PowerPC distros and install...DUH!

Re:try a mac (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130324)

About the same way you put it on a PC box, downlad an appropriate ISO, burn it to a cd, and boot from it.

Re:try a mac (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130380)

Na, you don't even have to download an iso, try debians netinstall. You download only the kernel and a small image to boot from. Put that on the partition you later want to install GNU/Linux on, and boot. Therefore, you don't even have to burn a cd!! Donwload, copy to target partition, go.

Re:try a mac (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130327)

You can install Yellow Dog Linux or compile Gentoo yourself to run it on nearly any Apple Computer. I've personally done it one PowerMac G5s and a PowerBook G4, works very well if you really don't like Mac OS X, but I prefer it.

Re:try a mac (1)

sachins (833763) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130367)

yes but if u r going in for style, always mac os x is far better, it transparent menus and cool animations will blow everyone off.

Lian-li (5, Informative)

currivan (654314) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130350)

Lian-li makes some nice atx cases. The one I have, the pc-v1000, looks a lot like a g5 with the drilled aluminum front. Zalman makes an absurdly expensive (~$1400) aluminum case indended for fanless cooling. Most of the decent-looking cases I came across were flat and designed for home theater applications.

As for peripherals, I don't think you'd actually want a metal mouse or keyboard in the long run. Logitech makes a nice looking high-end wireless keyboard with detachable number pad for about $200, and I like the way their mx700 mouse looks.

Re:Lian-li (1)

Fishead (658061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130542)

Check out In-Win cases. The name is somewhat lacking, but the cases are realy nice to work with. Everything is well build, no sharp edges, pieces slide out for mounting, and they are affordable too. You can get a nice one for ~$100 CDN.

If you want flashing lights, and really cheap with a nice PS, check out the Raidmax Scorpio. ~$70 CDN with a 420W powersupply. Be warned though, lots of sharp edges. One piece in particular is REALLY good at slicing open the back of your hand when you are trying to connect the drive cables.

Chris.

soldam is an excellent option. (3, Informative)

gladbach (527602) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130660)

I am astonished that no one has mentioned soldam, a japanese case maker. very very nice stuff, but obviously comes at a price.

www.soldam.com

Re:try a mac (0, Troll)

knipknap (769880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130385)

Apple /did/ have some nice cases, but you have way, way less issues running Linux on PC hardware. No need to compile most packages (more i386 binaries available in Apt), no nasty problems with endianess and pretty much all Distros run out of the box on PCs. Also, I like the idea of having an advertising-free case ;).

Re:try a mac (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130416)

Contrary to popular belief, Macs are not 'good looking' or 'stylish'. They are white box pieces of shit, akin to PCs in the late 90s. That is all.

Re:try a mac (1)

jessecurry (820286) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130462)

unfortunately when it comes to defining "good looking" and "stylish" the only measure we really ever can have is popular belief, you anonymous coward :)

Re:try a mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130589)

The troll would have contained a lot more truth if it had been referring to early-90s Macs, many of which didn't look much different to PCs.

Re:try a mac (4, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130420)

Try using things like capitalization, pronouns, and verbs. This is not IRC, k1dd13.

Re:try a mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130456)

It's not?

Wow, someone's having delusions of adequacy.

Why Does Christmas == Presents? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130496)

Why does Christmas always mean presents? In China [phrusa.org], Christmas means only commercial activities: sales, sales, and more sales.

What happened to the idea that Christmas means values: goodwill and love?

Instead of buying a new PC, why not buy something that teaches values. A good example is a new book: O'Reilly Factor for Kids. It teaches values and is a great stocking stuffer.

ThinkGeek (2, Informative)

rzebram (828885) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130268)

Look at some of ThinkGeek's peripherals. I particularly like their mini wireless mice, though those are more for laptop applications. They carry some really nice Logitech keyboards and mice which are both stylish and functional.

Re:ThinkGeek (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130432)

Don't even bother going there. If you're looking for the most stylish keyboard/mouse combo, then look no further than the Logitech diNovo. Sure it runs $250 but I've never worked with a better keyboard, ever. You may have problems getting the bluetooth to work on a linux box(since it's a bluetooth set) but it's absolutely amazing when you use it.

Mac (0, Offtopic)

network23 (802733) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130282)

Jeez.
This is a nobrainer.
Buy a Mac.
A "stylish" PC is like lipstick on a pig.

Re:Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130322)

Macs are "one size fits all" when it comes to looks. Not personal at all, and also very dull. No color at all.

Re:Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130358)

Buy a used mac then. All the colors of the rainbow!

It's hard to beat... (0, Redundant)

TrumpetPower! (190615) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130289)

...Apple.

Cheers,

b&

Gmail invites..... (0, Offtopic)

MSDos-486 (779223) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130305)

are pretty much a dime a dozen....in fact I,m offering 3 gmail invites to the person who 1st responds to this post in order to shake your economic structure .

does apple make a PVR ? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130421)


because thats what these are for, as if iam going to want a made-in-taiwan apple

For nano-itx (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130294)

Look at this case:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-lc07.htm

Re:For nano-itx (1)

BJH (11355) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130410)

Yeah, I'd think it looks quite nice if it weren't for that HUGE FUGLY LOGO on the front.

to be cool and stylish... (2, Interesting)

biryokumaru (822262) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130300)

...i suggest a nifty ergenomic dvorak keyboard, you can get it on ebay fer a bit: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&cate gory=51083&item=5149151249&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW theres always alienware et al, altho im not certain you can get just a case... i also suggest getting a wireless gyro mouse. again, i suggest ebay as a good source for one of them pretty cheap.

Re:to be cool and stylish... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130405)

I suggest you learn to spell. Oh, maybe you should find out how to do links too, fucktard.

dvorak kicks ass... (1)

fbartho (840012) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130612)

:) I moved on to dvorak by choice over the past year (well, over the summer in fact), and I am quite happy with the result. My only gripe is that most of the keyboards I have used have slightly differently shaped keys such that if I were to rearrange the keys they would not feel right under my fingers... this means that I generally use a standard qwerty keyboard, and just ignore the key layouts, making it quite confusing for anyone who watches me type or who attempts to use my computer without my permission... And when I look down at my fingers for whatever reason, I am visualizing a dvorak, instead of the letters... I looked at the keylabel replacement option, but that is just not interesting, i don't want a sticker under my fingers when I type... Thus, is there any place I could find dvorak keyboard for around 10 dollars? :) because that is the cost of my current keyboard, and it would be a shame to spend 60-80 dollars to get a dvorak keyboard...

Re:to be cool and stylish... (1)

CptSkippy (793400) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130639)

...i suggest a nifty ergenomic dvorak keyboard, you can get it on ebay fer a bit: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&cate gory=51083&item=5149151249&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW


Only that isn't. Dvorak Layout [mwbrooks.com]

Mac (1)

lachlan76 (770870) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130301)

Two other options that come to mind:
  1. Get a Mac
  2. Get a Mac off ebay, and mod the case to put a PC in. I have never tried this though, it may or may not be possible.

Re:Mac (1)

rampant mac (561036) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130407)

"Get a Mac off ebay, and mod the case to put a PC in. I have never tried this though, it may or may not be possible."

Search ebay for B&W or Quicksilver cases, you can sometimes pick them up fairly cheap. The cases are really nice, very sturdy, but you'll have to do some modifications to get the motherboard inside.

Check out how this guy [mac.com] did it.

i got better idea :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130569)

1. buy a Mac Classic on ebay (doesn't matter if it doesn't work, you just want the case). this should be real cheap.
2. buy mini-itx and mod the case to fit board, power supply and 3.5-inch IDE disk inside
3. profit!!! errr i mean watch all the chicks dig your cool case. yes, gets all those hot chicks in your bed it does. ;)

NeXT (2, Interesting)

idiotnot (302133) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130672)

I have a dead NeXTStation [z80.org] that I'm going to mod to fit an ITX board and three drives. I'm also hoping to figure out a way to maybe use something like a notebook DVD drive in place of the floppy port.

Actually modding these, though, is tougher than a standard PC case -- they're thick cast metal, which looks difficult to cut.

Next thing to do is find a monitor and keyboard that look like they belong with it. Or, I might just use it as a MythTV setup, as it'd look good beside a TV.

Vintage look (2, Funny)

spac3manspiff (839454) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130313)

Or you can always go for the old school look.
http://www.teschke.de/heatpipes/i-1.jpg [teschke.de]

Re:Vintage look (1)

BJH (11355) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130390)

Funny you should say that - I was thinking of buying the black version of that case (it's an early Lian-Li, if I'm not mistaken) when I put together my 400MHz dual-PII box with a Matrox G200 and a Voodoo2 12MB 3D card, back in 1997 or so.

Unfortunately, when I had a look at the real thing I found it rather cheaply made.

Mac, Mac, Mac (4, Interesting)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130320)

Everyone seems to be suggesting to go with a Mac. Well, if I were you, I would take a half-way decent case and mod it. Chop off the back if it is too long, put some plexiglass on the side, stencil on the side, whatever floats your boat. Much more unique than the standard Mac, and you'll have fun making it too.

Re:Mac, Mac, Mac (3, Insightful)

computerme (655703) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130431)

I've seen what passes as "mods" of PC.

Cripes. Purple glow in the dark strips. "See thru cases" ooohh...

It reminds me of the honda civic fan boys who lower their car and put blue glow things around the license plates.

Eeeekk.. I guess this is where i have to say, to each his own... but.. shudders....

Elegance is not a MOD.

Re:Mac, Mac, Mac (1)

ThisNukes4u (752508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130453)

I'm not talking about neon lights and glow-in-the-dark paint and that kind of stuff that is just a waste of money, just making the case yours instead of a mass-produced box.

Re:Mac, Mac, Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130471)

Wow, great idea. Buy the most expensive kind of computers: a Mac. And destroy it with a hammer.

Re:Mac, Mac, Mac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130637)

Wow, great idea. Buy the most expensive kind of computers: a Mac. And destroy it with a hammer.

Don't put ideas into my head. You *know* it would be worth it...

Re:Mac, Mac, Mac (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130509)

Stencils, plexiglass? Computer cases shouldn't be the third-rate crafts projects that they usually are. Might as well rice a car while you are at it.

Re:Mac, Mac, Mac (1)

33degrees (683256) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130671)

You know, the kind of case moding you're describing has never struck me as nice looking, especially compared to the newer macs. To me it's like telling someone whose trying to decide between a bmw and a mercedes that he should just get a civic and add a spoiler and some neon running lights; it's really incomparable.

no linux, + windows + antivirus tax (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130325)


i cant buy it without the antivirus or windows tax and the prices are a ripoff 180Euro for a dvdrw ? 350euro for a 400gb drive ? 280euro for a winPVR graphics card ?

why cant i just buy the case ? the whole thing just seems such a ripoff and with no linux support ill just keep my cash thanks

Make your own (4, Interesting)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130334)

Doing your own case mods is something that requires time, patience, and some money, but there's nothing that you buy that compares the final product.

My favorite is my Fossil computer [archive.org], which is a Victorian beauty of brass and wood. I've also done the "all black" computer before black became the new beige. I also dallied with a Lego computer, though the innards finally died.

Clear PC = Bad Deal (4, Informative)

Omega1045 (584264) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130336)

I usually would not say anything, but I had such an incredibly horrible experiece with ClearPC that I am going to comment.

I wanted to buy a clear acrylic case for a PC I was buidling, and decorate it with neon wires (one reseller [elwirecheap.com]). I went ahead and purchased from ClearPC, a Canadian company (actually, just some guy, but read on).

I was told the case would be packaged in a safe way, so it would arrive undamaged. When it did arrive, several parts were broken, and some extras I ordered like LED fans, etc, were just missing.

After 6 months of constantly trying to get a response from ClearPC, I finally got some of the broken parts replaced and some of the missing parts (I still did not have everything I need for a full case, nor all the parts I ordered).

I just gave up, but swore I would tell anyone looking for a cool case that ClearPC is a horrible vendor with horrible customer service. I usually live and let live, but this is a very special case for me. I will not put their URL here, no need to give them a free link. But if you find yourself on a case site offering clear cases ending in ".ca", just keep on surfing. BTW, this is not a dis on Canada at all, it just happens that this company is there or I probably would have at least taken them to small claims court and tried to get them blocked from doing business in my state.

Re:Clear PC = Bad Deal (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130401)

thanks for the info, I live within 8 miles of ClearPC's retail outlet. As a proud Canadian I hate to see anybody here take advantage of americans or anybody else. I'll be making a late night visit there very soon with a brick (note attached) as a payback for their incompetancy.

Yeah that's just great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130426)

Let's just tar and feather all of the Canadian retailers. I just did a quick search and found at least 5 other companies selling the same kind of case.

Re:Clear PC = Bad Deal (2, Insightful)

raventh1 (581261) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130439)

Why not just ship it back and demand your money back, or a replacement?

Re:Clear PC = Bad Deal (1)

Omega1045 (584264) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130500)

Not to be rude, but you don't think I tried that? They said they would give no refund.

Re:Clear PC = Bad Deal (2, Informative)

Jahf (21968) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130552)

Next time:

1) buy with a credit card that has purchase protection

2) don't give the vendor 6 months (the longer goes by the less chance of getting the purchase protection invoked)

3) document the condition and any attempts made to remedy it

If done properly (you need to check your credit card policies, don't just assume they'll cover it) it won't matter what the vendor says, the credit card will pay you back and often will remove the money from the vendor's account.

My sister just got scammed on Ebay (her first purchase, $300 which is a big deal for her, and looking at the seller's feedback I wouldn't have had any worry about buying from him). She is probably going to get bitten because she paid with a debit card (charged as a credit, but not all debit cards provide credit style transaction) and didn't go through PayPal even though the seller accepted it, so no PayPal protection.

Simply put ... it is one of life's hard lessons but you have to protect yourself before doing remote transactions.

Re:Clear PC = Bad Deal (1)

Omega1045 (584264) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130686)

Thanks for the advice. The truth is that I am just too trusting and have always had really good luck with online purchases. I now purchase everything with my PayPal or a CC that I know has protection.

Felines? Fruit? Surgery? (1)

Faust7 (314817) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130340)

There is the very nice Hoojum Nanode,

What's with all the cats and fruit and stuff? In one picture, you've got a hand in a surgical glove, placing a whole pineapple on top of the Nanode. In another, you've got a cat in what appears to be orgasmic throes.

I'm sure it's clever marketing that's just over my head, but...

Re:Felines? Fruit? Surgery? (1)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130399)

not to mention the case itself looks like some kind of helpful kitchen gadget peddled on very late night shopping channels. "the ronco zip-seal plastic wrapper. seals your produce tight for easy freezer storage!..."

Logitech DiNovo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130360)

About the only set of pc peripherals that I know that are good looking are the Logitech DiNovo bluetooth KB & Mouse combo... You have to like that slim lap-top style KB though... Wireless and the plastic has a kind of rubberized feel, not just um... er... Hard and cheep.

Alright, I'm going back to sleep.

nomac (0)

poptones (653660) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130376)

Likely an unpopular opinion, but I don't see anything particularly great about macs, either. The basic case design has been around five years now - it's just not as square as most pc cases.

and I've never found what I would consider a unique or even attractive mass produced case. Every one of them is a square box with or without a panel of connectors either hidden behind a cheap flimsy door or stuck in the middle of the case like a complete afterthought.

If you're not willing to build it or have someone build it, I say "Good luck cuz yur gonna need it."

Stylish Keyboard (1)

Pyrophin (841705) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130411)

Ye ole IBM Model M http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&cate gory=4706&item=5148124982&rd=1 the best keyboard to this day, durable as anything and makes this awesome "click" when you press the keys. Tactile typing at its best! And for mouse, the Microsoft Intellimouse optical ~Phin

Re:Stylish Keyboard (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130592)

I've tried out the old style click-matic, and don't see the point. All it gets are buttons that are needlessly hard to press, needlessly loud, and a good keyboard can be tactile and not click-omatic.

Re:Stylish Keyboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130664)

Proper keyboards do not go 'click', they go 'tap'. I've seen that Model M thing, and I just don't get this fetish people have for it.

Cooler Master WaveMaster (1)

cixelsyd (239) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130419)

Just worked on a machine in this case in the shop... gorgeous, imo [coolermaster.com], especially in black. Though I'd probably switch the blue LEDs for red or something.

Nano-ITX (1)

ryanr (30917) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130433)

Does anyone know if Nano boards are actually shipping anywhere? I've got a case project I'm workingon that is too small for mini-ITX.

Razor Mouse (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130455)

If you want a mouse that will say something, check these out:
http://www.razerzone.com/
I've personally never used one, but I know several people who have, and have heard nothing but good things about them.

Shuttle and DVD/CD drives (1)

wwwillem (253720) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130460)

and Shuttle, both of which I found looking kind of cheap

It depends on the models, some I like, some I don't, but the big problem with Shuttle is always that it looks OK until you mount an optical drive. How to match the material and color they use for their frontplates?? I personally think Shuttle should create something that I would call "bare-bone Plus", which means: include a matching DVD/CDRW.

There is one exception, and I bought that one myself two weeks ago, which is the SN85G4, an AMD64 model. I added a black OEM (Pioneer) DVD, which had no logo's at all, and the combination looks very classy. But of course, YMMV.....

Why don't... (5, Interesting)

BJH (11355) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130465)

...you try this place [woodcontour.com] for your mouse and keyboard.

Although if you find their $US5000-8000 pricetags a bit much, the overstock page [woodcontour.net] might be a bit more useful.

Northgate Omnikey (1)

PuppiesOnAcid (792320) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130480)

If you're looking for a bulletproof keyboard and extrememly responsive keys, get a Northgate Omnikey. You can find them on eBay, or buy one from this guy [northgate-...repair.com].

Apparently this was the wrong place to ask. (0, Redundant)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130492)

We have folks suggesting Macs.

We have folks suggesting that you make your own, and you could have for example a wooden computer that looks like 1970s DIY crap, or a plastic case with lights and a window.

We have folks suggesting enthusiast cases, like AlienWare, Lian-li's aluminum behemoth, or "the shark", which looks even cheaper than AlienWare's 1959 Cadillac Eldorado [paulgraham.com] crap.

Apparently hoojum & hush are the best you're going to do around here. Shuttle only passes imho because you could stow it somewhere out of view.

Run it on PPC... (1)

Cycline3 (678496) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130493)

You could always run Linux on PPC hardware .. iMac, eMac, Power Mac G5... and the Mac peripherals are super styling.

January sales.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130497)

Surely if you're buying presents for yourself you should wait and hope for some good discounts after Christmas, in the January sales?

Don't join the December 25'th buying/marketing hype now if you don't have to. And as you're buying for yourself you don't have to do so...

(...if only my family would wait until New Year for their Xmas presents... :-P )

Sexy Cases :D (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130499)

http://www.coolermaster.com - Have a look at the wavemaster and the cavalier series. These are amongst the best built and damn good looking cases you can buy on the market.

higher quality keyboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130521)

Although somewhat an antithesis of "style", nothing I know of can beat a good ol' "Model M" IBM keyboard (not the cheap-ass Logitech ones) when it comes to quality. It's just the kind of thoughness that can last over a decade... not to mention that thing is sturdy enough to club someone with it and keep using it for its intended use afterwards.

Apparently Unicomp (http://www.pckeyboard.com/) still sells a model of the same design but I can't say anything about their quality.

Re:higher quality keyboard (2, Informative)

Cmdr TECO (579177) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130644)

This keyboard [matias.ca] offers real switches and USB in a 'modern' package.

(I've never used one -- I'm satisfied with IBM Ms, Fujitsu KB4700s, and/or Apple Extendeds when away from my Kinesis Contoured -- but they have ALPS switches so they're doubtless fine.)

Other options (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130526)

which other options are there available?

Suicide?

perphs (1)

kronchev (471097) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130533)

I have heard good things about Hush, never owned one (haven't updated for a while). Mouse and keyboard, well, I use a freebie Compaq keyboard with integrated smartcard reader, it is absolutly solid, I feel like I could beat a football team to death with it and it wouldn't even notice. My mouse is a Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical, I've used this for a few years and have put it through constant running and near constant hardcore gaming (and I do have a temper) and it's held up on me. The other kind of mouse I'd recommend is a Logitech MX510. Don't even bother with wireless mice, they're a waste of money, and they DO have a delay.

uhmmm.... $975.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130538)

for a hush mini-itx system, and it doesn't even include a dvd drive. i like quiet, but i think i'll pass....

Mac G4 Cube (1)

selderrr (523988) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130559)

hard to find, not cheap, but I got my 2nd hand Cube for 800 euro. I equipped it with bluetooth (USB dongle) and airport. Then I dissembled an old PC LCD monitor to encapsulate it in a wooden frame which hangs on the wall, with the cables going thru the wall (the other side of the wall is staircase to basement). Now all I need are stylish speakers (the Apple Pro speakers are not such good quality (I don't like the soundsticks by the way)) and I have a really really nice audio setup that everyone envies.

Shuttle SN95... (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130578)

...I got that one, and I find it nice and stylish. Actually discrete is a more proper word, it is not flashy at all. Black with some silver decoration, it'll blend in most anywhere. Now, if only I could afford a 20" black LCD or something, it'd look even better...

Kjella

Antec Sonata. (2, Informative)

Slayk (691976) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130642)

I'm rather fond of my Antec Sonata [antec.com]

The exterior is pretty toned-down (aside from the blue led on the front, which I have unplugged for sleeping purposes), damn quiet, and well thought-out from front to back (drawers for all drives, rubber-mounted fan/drives, etc). For those who believe that the style of a case need not end once you open it, it's a good choice.

RE:Really Stylish PCs and Peripherals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11130646)

I got a great looking and functional NeXT Station from Blackhole Inc.

What's nice? What's NeXT? (2, Interesting)

WillAdams (45638) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130685)

For my part, I still haven't found a machine to displace my NeXT Cube from my desk at home, though my Fujitsu Stylistic is getting pretty close.

I've always thought it a shame that NeXT wasn't able to continue to make up-dated motherboards for it (they did three, the original Motorola 68030 @ 25MHz, an '040 at 25, then the ``Turbo'' '040 @33MHz --- there are a couple of ``Nitro'' processor daughtercards at 40MHz though).

And of course, one could squeeze say 16 small motherboards into it, run a Beowolf Cluster and have a ``hypercube''.

Seriously, it's kind of sad that there's so little being done in the way of nice looking machine designs that an almost 15 year old design still seems current (or timeless?). Most of the nice design work these days seems to be at Apple (heir to the NeXT throne --- I just wish they did something other than the iPod in black) in laptops or Tablet PC systems, esp. those w/ docking options.

William

Wood (1)

tacocat (527354) | more than 9 years ago | (#11130708)

Buy an ultra cheap POS case and strip out the PCI backplane for the rear of the case and the ATX mounting plate for the mobo. Then build the rest of the case out of wood. Been there, done that. nice!
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