Images: Death to the beige box

Check out our gallery on the winners of a next-gen PC competition, featuring designs that cater to people's passions while also offering some eye-catching aesthetics.

Napkin PC
The Napkin PC won first place in the Next-Gen PC Design Competition. Click photo for gallery of winners. Microsoft

Microsoft's fourth annual Next-Gen PC Design Competition put entrants to the task of dreaming up concepts that not only offer eye-catching aesthetics, but also cater to people's passions.

Check out's gallery on the competition, featuring designs that tap into niches like travel, sports, fitness, cooking, and children. Winning concepts were inspired by everything from napkins to building blocks to the everyday book.

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by Brian Bennett