Aftershock Aeon 32R AIO
A NO-COMPROMISES ALL-IN-ONE PC FROM A NEW ENTRANT TO THE AUSTRALIAN MARKET
All-in-one PCs haven’t historically been the gamer’s rst choice, but as people move into smaller living spaces and hardware becomes increasingly power ef cient, all-in-one PCs are a serious contender for those seeking a neat and compact gaming rig. A new entrant to the Australian market, Aftershock PC, hopes itsAeon 32R all-in-one machine grabs a hefty chuck of that market.
Despite being an all-in-one PC, the Aeon 32R packs the latest 8th-gen Intel Coffee Lake CPUs, a full selection of Nvidia GeForce graphics cards, SSD & HDD storage options, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the option of closed loop water cooling. Yes, water cooling in an all-in-one PC! Aftershock put a nice cherry on top by including a 2-year warranty (most in the industry only offer 1-year), with the rst year including on-site support. It would be great if more PC OEMs followed Aftershock’s warranty lead.
Setting up the Aeon 32R is straightforward. Simply screw in the included stand (three screws all up) and plug in a power cord, along with any other accessories you require. Unfortunately, the ergonomics of the Aeon 32R make plugging in cables post-setup a major hassle. Ports are recessed fairly deep in to the bottom of the unit, meaning they can’t be seen at all whilst on a table, even when the display is tilted fully forward or back. The only way to connect devices reliably, is to place the unit face down on a table.
Whilst not a big deal for initial setup, it makes connecting USB devices (e.g: external storage) after setup a major hassle. That said, there is an oddly placed USB port on the very top of the Aeon 32R. This is predominately for the also oddly designed webcam which comes as a separate USB device, rather than integrated into the bezel. If you aren’t using the webcam, the port be used as an easy way to connect temporary USB devices if you’ve got a cable long enough.
The Aeon 32R is designed around a 1440p, 32-inch curved display. Unlike other all-in-one PCs, there’s no bezel around the top and sides, with only a minimal “chin” about 2cm high on the bottom. That chin is also unbranded and has no LEDs, for a tasteful, minimal look. The display’s image is all you see, with nothing surrounding it to distract you - except the super bright blue power LED that shines downwards onto your desk. A piece of duct tape quickly xes that problem.
Back to the display, it is tuned for gaming, running at 144Hz for buttery smooth gameplay. Unfortunately, it is not G-Sync compatible to go with the included Nvidia GPU. Whilst the display looks perfectly acceptable for everyday use and gaming and a decent colour gamut, it wouldn’t be the rst pick for colour critical work. The display’s curvature is modest, making it great for immersive gaming sessions or movie watching.
The rest of the Aeon 32R is quite mundane. Unlike highly bespoke all-in-one PCs like Apple’s iMac, the Aeon 32R is basically a mini-ITX PC stuck to the back of a 32-inch curved monitor. The upside of this is that there’s proper desktop-grade parts inside the Aeon 32R, not slower laptop gear. It’s got a proper PCIe graphics card plugged in to a standard mini-ITX mainboard, so there’s no reason why when it’s time to upgrade, you do the upgrade yourself with off the shelf-parts.
There are few all-in-one gaming PCs on the market in Australia and none with the high-end specs and competitive price Aftershock are offering. Most are a few generations behind, or are laptops stuck to the back of a monitor. Combine that with the easy upgradeability and 2-year warranty, the Aftershock Aeon 32R should be at top of your all-in-one gaming PC shopping list.
(as tested) 32in 1440p 144Hz curved display
• Intel i7-8700 6-core CPU • Asrock H310M ITX/AC mainboard • Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti 8GB graphics • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM • Samsung 860 EVO 256GB SSD
$3,094 (as tested)