For those of you who just can't get enough of the hybrid Japanese/Scandinavia aesthetic, here's a wooden external USB hub/hard drive from Suissa. For a mere $875, you can get 750GB of external storage, along with four USB 2.0 ports and and two headphone jacks—and all in a lovingly woodcrafted package known mysteriously as Shadow. What, no terabyte option?
Shadow, of course, is merely the tip of the Suissa iceberg. The Yuki custom hardwood case is designed for media PCs—the kind with five hard drives, two media bays, and a glass top to showcase your insanely expensive flat-panel high-definition widescreen monitor. Of course, any geek who could commission (yes, they're all custom-ordered) such a case would already have an uber-screen too large to fit atop it.
And if you're just looking for a plain old desktop PC case, well, the closest thing this Canadian outfit offers is probably Enlighten, a glass, aluminum and wood art piece that separates the power supply, DVD drive, and motherboard into separate sections of the segmented case for cooling (and coolness) purposes. The quoted specifications are: "Micro ATX motherboard, Intel Quad core CPU or AMD X2 6400+, single NVIDIA 8800GTX video card or ATI Radeon HD2900XT, 4GB PC6400 memory, 1TB hard drive space, DVD burner, 620w power supply." Of course, given the amount of time and money you'll have sunk into the case, one hopes those components are modularly and replaceable. If not, you'll have to buy one of Suissa's three other designs, or custom order a unique one for an unknown price. If you have to ask, you probably can't afford it.
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