Corsair One review: The best small form factor PC we’ve ever tested

0 Posted by - 24th March 2017 - Technology

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Specs at a glance: Corsair One
Lowest Middle Best (as reviewed)
OS Windows 10 Home 64-bit
CPU Intel Core i7-7700 (liquid cooled) Intel Core i7-7700K (liquid cooled) Intel Core i7-7700K (liquid cooled)
RAM 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz (8GBx2) 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz (8GBx2) 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz (8GBx2)
GPU Nvidia GTX 1070 (air cooled) Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB (liquid cooled) Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB (liquid cooled)
PSU 400W SFX 400W SFX 400W SFX
NETWORKING Gigabit Ethernet, AC Wi-Fi
PORTS 3 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB-3.1 Type-C, 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI, headphone jack, microphone jack
SIZE Height: 380mm (18.6 inches), depth: 200mm (14.19 inches), width: 176mm (8.35 inches)
WEIGHT 7.4kg
WARRANTY Two years with 24/7 support and five day repair turnaround
PRICE £1800/$1800 £2200/$2200 £2300/$2300

It’s hard to believe that the Corsair One comes from the same company that designed the Bulldog, a small form factor PC so monstrously ugly that the mere thought of placing it in a living room was enough to set off a spousal gag reflex. Where the Bulldog was a confused mishmash of jaunty, l33t gamer angles, the One is sleek, sophisticated, and—dare I say it—even a little grown up.

That Corsair continues to sell a slightly updated version of the Bulldog is something of mystery considering just how good the Corsair One is. Of all the small form factor (SFF) PCs I’ve tried—and there have been quite a few over the past year—it is by far the best. I’d even go as as to say it’s one of the best pre-built PCs you can buy, full stop.

At £2,300 for a fully loaded version, the Corsair One isn’t cheap by any means—and as always, going the DIY route can lead to substantial savings—but few homebrew PCs have such a tiny footprint. Fewer still do so while being entirely liquid cooled, graphics card and all. It’s a combo that results in a PC that doesn’t just fit into the living room environment aesthetically, but acoustically too.

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