After­shock Aeon 32R AIO

A NO-COMPROMISES ALL-IN-ONE PC FROM A NEW ENTRANT TO THE AUS­TRALIAN MAR­KET

PC & Tech Authority - - REVIEWS INTRO - AN­THONY AGIUS

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.

KEY SPECS

(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)

• www.af­ter­shockpc.com.au

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