Let’s be honest, all-in-one PCs have always been a pretty compromised lot, sacrificing performance for a sleek, compact form factor.
Sure, you get a clutter- and wire-free work area, but the internals are usually a disappointing collection of underpowered parts. And getting inside that AiO to service or upgrade it? It would be easier to stroll into the iPhone prototype room at Apple HQ wearing a Samsung shirt.
Origin PC’s Omni defies that stereotype. It’s so powerfully over-the-top and tinkerer-friendly that it’s therare breed of AiO that enthusiasts can take seriously.
Gordon Mah Ung Unlike most AiO’s, it’s easy to get inside the Omni.
Shockingly powerful (for an all-in-one)
On the surface, the Omni’s 34-inch curved enclosure doesn’t look much thicker than a standard wide-aspect curved monitor. But inside, the Omni packs some serious computing muscle. We’re talking full-tilt, overclockable, high-performance desktop components.
Origin sells the Omni with options for Intel’s Skylake chips up to a Core i7-6700K. If that’s still too tame, there’s an option for Intel’s Broadwell-E, even the 10-core chip. GPU options also run the gamut from mid- to high-range.
For our review unit, Origin selected “high” and packed the Omni with Intel’s new Broadwell-E 8-core Core i7-6900K and Nvidia’s mighty Titan X Pascal.
That’s pretty much top-of-the-line performance for graphics and almost top-tier for CPU. For storage, our review sample featured a 512GB M.2 Samsung 950 Pro drive and a 1TB Seagate hard drive. There’s actually room for two 2.5-inch drives if you need more storage capacity.
The CPU itself is liquid-cooled using a unique custom closed-loop cooler. Our unit, though, exhibited a rather loud gurgle and slurp when first powered on.