PC Specialist Devcon 32" AIO PC Review
Published: 26th February 2016 | Source: PC Specialist | Price: £1099 |
We've reviewed a few PC Specialist systems here at OC3D so we're used to how well they are packaged and how much you get for your money. The Devcon 32 is no exception coming in a box so large you could use it as temporary housing and the welcome pack contains every single screw, cable and disk that you would receive had you chosen to buy the components separately.
Opening the box gave us the biggest surprise we've had in some time, and reveals the hidden depths to the Devcon 32. This is no ordinary monitor, nor indeed an ordinary system. Peeking out through the mesh grates on the back we can see a Zotac GTX 970. Yes, this is an all-in-one PC, but this isn't your Dad's wheezy old offering. No sir, this is a proper system, just mounted on the back of a display.
Slipping the cover off of the back and you can see what an outstanding piece of space conservation and high quality build the PC Specialist Devcon 32 is. It's barely believable how this is a selection of normal components you'd put in a tower system, yet squeezed into such a small space. You can just see, on the bottom right and bottom left of the chassis, the mounting points for the feet. These are all cast from robust aluminium and are engineered in such a way that it's impossible to install them incorrectly. You could mount these if you only have one arm, and that's the type of clever design we're big fans of in the OC3D bunker.
Based on the Z170 chipset the ASUS Pro Gaming motherboard is stuffed full of Kingston HyperX DDR4 memory. The CPU cooling is handled by a Noctua NH-L9i Low Profile cooler. We've always been big fans of the Noctua offerings and their low profile CPU Coolers in particular are a highlight.
Showing how much thought has gone into every aspect of this build, the GPU is mounted to a right-angled bracket. This is primarily for space reasons, but having the fans at the top, right up to the mesh, means that it has the maximum amount of area from which to draw its cool air. We all know that the primary negative regarding tightly packaged components is always one of heat and this neatly solved that issue.
Being a full-size set of hardware you have the complete set of outputs. USB 2.0, USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.1 and the audio ports. There is even a combined PS/2 port for the maximum compatibility.
If that wasn't enough around the front there are further USB ports as well as some front panel audio. If the concept of front panel applies to an all-in-one system.
It's a positively stunning piece of engineering.