Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

Summary: Usually tucked under the desk in a tiny cubicle, the humble workstation gets no love when it comes to industrial design. But the last bastion of the beige box may be getting a rather nice face lift, courtesy of Dell, if some images found on the Internet and supplied to Engadget are the real deal.

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Usually tucked under the desk in a tiny cubicle, the humble workstation gets no love when it comes to industrial design. But the last bastion of the beige box may be getting a rather nice face lift, courtesy of Dell, if some images found on the Internet and supplied to Engadget are the real deal.

As the above image shows, Dell has designed a workstation that looks like it borrowed some touches from sister company Alienware's gaming PCs -- a healthy dollop of red accents and some streamlined styling. It may not qualify as looking full-out "sexy," but for a corporate machine, it's about as close as it gets.

The image are apparently updates to Dell's Precision family, which are its line of performance-oriented workstations. Engadget speculates that the presumed T3600, T5600, and T7600 refreshes would be prime candidates for Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge CPUs, but there's no word from Dell about specs or designs or anything related to new Precisions. However, the potential new look would go along with the company's conversion to sleek design evidenced by its Streak and Venue Pro mobile devices.

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  • Impossible. Dell is not Stylish

    Junky yes, stylish no.

    Dell = JUNK.
    itguy08
    • RE: Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

      @itguy08 I get the feeling everything not Apple is not stylish according to you. To each his own I guess.
      statuskwo5
    • I don't think...

      that rounded corners, on the front only, really suggest "streamlining" nor does adding shiny red "dollops" that appear to be handles, make this box stylish. I've been assigned a series of Dell workstations at work (something over 130,000 US employees) and I always keep the tower as far as I can from my fingers and my clients--for fear of getting cut by all the exposed sharp edges. Beyond lame.
      frabjous
  • RE: Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

    Yuck.
    BrentRBrian
  • RE: Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

    Whether you like apple or not, their iMacs do look good and fit nicely into a home environment.

    In comparison, this Dell is horrendous looking. I have often wondered why Dell etc. don't make something that looks as good as an iMac but the wait apparently goes on....
    RonanSail
    • its a work station

      @RonanSail
      not meant for the home user.
      Ron Bergundy
  • RE: Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

    That's pretty ugly actually. I've been using Dells for the last 17 years and not only has each one been uglier than the last but the quality seems to be going down as well. My latest machine is made of cheap shiny plastic and feels like it'll break apart when I lift it.
    skauser
    • RE: Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

      @skauser

      It's kinda hard to determine build quality based on a picture of a rendering.
      rtk
  • RE: Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

    Nope.
    james347
  • RE: Dell prepping a workstation that actually looks good?

    Actually, I think that looks pretty good compared to the stereotypical beige monstrosity of decades past. It's not so much that this model is stylish by home standards, just that it is a vast amount more stylish than the old ones it is supposed to replace. It's not intended for a home user any way, this thing is destined to sit under a desk in an office cubicle somewhere, not try to accent somebody's living room.
    luxsphinx@...
  • Every PC manufacturer could learn...

    Apple is a great industrial design firm. Nobody makes more visually appealing systems. PC manufacturers could learn a lot about attractive design from Apple. From the looks of this ugly black box, I'd say Dell should be the first to sign up for design classes, if Apple ever offers them. First lesson? Machined aluminum and glass beats cheap shiny black plastic EVERY time.
    BillDem
  • Looks?

    Personally I don't see anythikng wrong with past designs. And I don't see anything more esthetically "pleasing" about the new one. Much ado about nothing, IMO; only bothered to look at two comments; nothing of any interest I could find.
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