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Computer and Design: the rapid move to computers at the top of their game

In the “Computer” category, we present All-in-One PCs, Desktop PCs, Notebooks, Laptops, Ultrabooks, Gaming-PCs and many other peripherals. Among the latter are printers, storage media, monitors, external hard drives or input devices. Over the past two decades, computers have developed at a tremendous speed, not only from a technological viewpoint, but also with regard to design. The turning point from greyish-beige box to PC with a claim to design qualities came in 1982 when Hartmut Esslinger from frogdesign created the Apple IIc for Apple – an all-white, very matter-of-fact computer called Snow White. In 1998, the first iMac hit the shops and signalled a complete revolution in computer design. With the iMac, Steve Jobs and his chief designer Jonathan Ive had created a computer that stood apart from the competition with its use of gentle forms and a colourful, translucent plastic casing, promoting it to a lifestyle product which looked good in the living room. The design was not only surprising and convincing from an aesthetic point of view; the iMac was also a functional milestone. It was an integrated computer which combined monitor and data-processor in a single piece of equipment. Most of the cables were hidden inside. Over the following three generations, they shaped the ensuing trend to white, rigorously designed, but at the same time extremely elegant computers with a flat screen. In 2001, Apple finally introduced metal casings for high-end notebooks with the launch of its PowerBook G4. In doing so, the company started another trend, one that continues to this day and applies not only to MacBooks, iPads & Co, but also to computers by other manufacturers. The development of computer design is therefore closely linked to the Apple brand, which paved the way for the lifestyle PCs that today surround us and are part of our lives. Above all though, the success of these early design products in the history of computers demonstrated to other manufacturers that computers should not only be able to process data, but should also be well-designed if they were to capture the hearts of customers. Today, the design standards in this sector are very high throughout. That applies in particular to the area of mobile PCs, in other words laptops, notebooks, net- and Ultrabooks as well as tablets. They are available in all sizes and weight categories, as well as in a variety of different design styles.

Computer, notebooks and peripherals on Red Dot 21

Here, on Red Dot 21, you will be able to find a range of very diverse products all of which relate to computers – from laptops via printers right through to virtual reality headsets or notebook accessories. Every year, the jurors of the Red Dot Design Award, renowned design experts from all around the world, also select the best-designed computer products. These products are awarded a Red Dot and are marked accordingly on the product detail pages. We recommend these award-winning products whole-heartedly, but also put forward many other well-designed computers, monitors and gadgets whose design appealed to us. Let yourself be amazed.

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