If you’re not a Star Trek fan, then you’re probably not familiar with a Borg. And honestly, it’s not an easy one to try to explain. But I will do my best as it is necessary to understand the rest of this post. A borg is cybermetic life-form thousands of years old which is part organic and part life. They have advanced well beyond Federation science and were unknown prior to a confrontation with the U.S.S. Enterprise. The Borg have a singular goal, namely the consumption of technology, rather than wealth or political expansion as most species seek. The Borg also only want to raise the quality of life or the species they assimilate.
Where am I going with this? The visual style of the Borg in Star Trek has become an iconic part of science fiction. With protruding cables and dark metals, it’s unmistakable. And now you can own a computer that not only looks like a Borg, but it could also be used by a Borg. Courtesy of hardware creator Cherry Tree, it is now possible to have one of your own. Their Borg Cube VR PC is going to be available on November 24th and it is quite the replica of the famous Borg vessel. But instead of having it being used to consume machine lifeforms, there is a PC for all your gaming needs inside.
It might look super cool, but will it hold up as a gaming computer? Here are the specs:
- Processor: Intel Core i7-7700K
- Memory: 32 GB DDR4 RAM
- Storage: 500 GB M.2 SSD drive
- OS: Windows 10 Home
- Dimensions (inches): 6 x 6 x 6
What about the price? Well, you can order the Borg Cube PC with the following options:
- i3 Borg Cube (Intel Core i3-7100 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 120GB M.2 PCI-e drive): $599
- i5 Borg Cube (Intel Core i5-7600K processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 250GB M.2 PCI-e drive): $899
- i7 Borg Cube (Intel Core i7-7700K processor, 32GB DDR4 RAM, 500GB M.2 PCI-e drive): $1,299
The price variation isn’t horrible. I mean, if you’re spending money on this because you are a fan, chances are you’re not overly concerned with the cost. While not listed in the specs, one must assume that if placed next to another computer, then it will get consumed. Right? This computer is a limited edition. When Cherry Tree sent out the press release, there were only 326 units left. They will start shipping on November 24th.
Who is likely to buy this? My guess is that this is geared towards mostly Star Trek fans. I mean, who else is going to understand the reference to the Borg? Who else is going to want to look at something that is kind of cool, but also creepy looking? If I showed this to my mother, for example, she wouldn’t understand it and would think that its horrendous looking. She’s not a gamer, nor is she a Star Trek fan, but you can see where I’m going with this. It’s really cool and interesting, but it’s definitely a niche market. Which is likely why they didn’t make that many of them.