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ByteBench Ubuntu PC

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Would you pay upwards of €2000 for a designer PC running Ubuntu?

That’s the price German tech company Convar are asking for their latest ‘furniture meets electronics’ design ‘ByteBench‘.

bytebench PC

For a €2,250 computer you might expect the performance level to match the aesthetics, but the ByteBench sports a meagre dual-core Intel Atom CPU beneath its pretty casing. A chip that is capable, but hardly expected of a premium product.

Along with a measly 1.8Ghz Atom you also get:

  • 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB 7200RPM SATA ‘Designer’ HDD
  • DVD Drive
  • 2x USB 2.0
  • 2x USB 3.0
  • eSATA, ethernet, digital S/PDIF, HDMI, DVI ports
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/g/b

In their defence the device, encased in solid steel and precious woods, is handmade to order and can be furnished with your own choice of ‘wood finishing’.

OS and Other Features

By default the ByteBench ships with Ubuntu 10.04, although a $99 “upgrade” to Windows 7 is available.

One unique feature of the ByteBench is that it the hard-drive is hot-swappable with other ‘designer HDDS’ available from the company.

Personally, I prefer their range from DIY HDD enclosures made of cardboard…

The ByteBench, and the other items mentioned in this post, can be purchased from the Convar shop @

Thanks Ulmer