It still amazes us how few companies make nice PCs, with your options often being limited to buying a thoroughly boring business machine from the likes of Dell or HP, or opt for one of the high-performance oriented local assemblers like CyberPower and PC Specialist. Well, while walking the hallowed halls of IFA, we spotted a company that seemed to be on our wavelength.
Sarnapa is a brand new Polish PC assembler - you can't even buy its machines yet - that offers uniquely stylish case designs that are apparently inspired by giraffes. How so? Well they live in herds, run perfectly but cannot swim, males are larger than females, and there are various different species with different patterns on their fur...
Yeah, somewhat tenuous. But while the philosophy is debatable the results are undeniable; these are some seriously cute machines. Available in either black or silver anodised aluminium, they have side panels that you can customise either with a design from the extensive choice on their website or from a picture of your choosing, with you able to buy new 'furs' (as Sarnapa calls them) at a later date to keep your PC matching your decor.
The specs of these machines vary dependent upon whether you go for the larger daddy giraffe, the M3, of the mummy giraffe, the M1. Regardless the basics are typical for modern desktop PCs. So you can choose from Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs, 4GB to 16GB of RAM, one or two HDD up to 2TB in size, a slot loading optical drive (DVD or Blu-ray), USB 3.o and eSATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 channel audio. If you opt for the large system you can also fit a full fat graphics card - up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 590. Only an inbuilt card reader seems to be the obvious omission.
There are just two problems. With prices for the M1 and M3 starting at €899 and €949 respectively, these aren't cheap machines, but perhaps the biggest issue is that they're not set to arrive in the UK yet. The company is in negotiations to sort out distribution here but has not finalised things yet.
Nonetheless, other manufacturers take note, this is how you design a PC!