Corsair One Pro Review
Published: 20th April 2017 | Source: Corsair | Price: £1800 - £2200 |
It wasn't too long ago when the concept of a HTPC was one that was looked down upon by those of us who consider ourselves power users. After all, the primary function of a Home Theatre PC was to stream films to your television without taking up too much room or making too much noise. This usually meant that they were, to gamers eyes, extremely underpowered and thus not worthy of consideration. As home networking improved and companies sprang up to stream content to your house directly, so the idea of the HTPC died a death. The introduction of Plex was the final blow for the last HTPC we ever had in our front room.
"What has all this talk about dead technology branches to do with the Corsair One?", we hear you ask.
The point is that this takes two elements of an HTPC that are still extremely desirable - quietness in a compact form - and brings them bang up to date with a set of components worthy of a gaming system. We thought that would make you sit up and take notice.
If you know nothing about the Corsair One then the picture at the top of the page doesn't really give anything away. It's been rotated to fit in with our site design, so with a bit of mental rotation - or perhaps just putting your head on your shoulder - you could be forgiven for thinking this is a fairly standard tower that has got some Corsair branding. So far, so mundane. But no, you're wrong. This is anything but mundane. It's mind blowing.
There are three different versions of the Corsair One available, to fit differing budgets and requirements. Currently we believe the GTX 1070 based One will end up at £1800, the Pro at about £2000 and the Webstore Pro One at £2200. That's the model we have for today's overview.
Naturally as you cast your eye down the specifications it's easy to get swayed by the idea of a 1TB SSD backing up a Core i7-7700K and liquid cooled GTX 1080. All lovely stuff and components that we'd recommend to absolutely everyone. But take a moment to look at the dimensions. 20cm x 17cm is the footprint of the One. It doesn't take a genius to realise that is tiny. Hell we've got mouse mats bigger than that.