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5 best desktops of CES 2019 - for gaming, business, and personal use

Although laptops got a lot more attention at CES 2019, there were a number of great desktops announced at the show as well. Here are the five best ones from various companies including MSI and ASUS.

Published onJanuary 12, 2019

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Laptops grabbed a lot of attention at CES 2019. Loads of great models debuted, including the Lenovo Legion Y740, Razer Blade 15, and Dell XPS 13. However, we also saw a number of awesome desktops in Las Vegas aimed at gamers, artists, and business owners. Here are the five best desktop computers to be announced at the show.

MSI Infinite S

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MSI’s Infinite S is aimed at gamers. It’s a very compact tower at just 348 x 244 x 128mm, but it still packs impressive specs. It’s powered by the 9th generation of Intel’s Core processors (up to Intel Core i7) and sports NVIDIA’s new RTX 2060 GPU. The device also features MSI’s Silent Storm cooling system and up to 32GB of RAM.

The Infinite S received two CES Innovation awards and is designed with performance and space in mind. The PC looks cool too, with a rugged case and a customizable RGB strip on the front.

The MSI Infinite S will go on sale somewhere in late Q1 or early Q2. Pricing will be between $700 and $800 depending on the configuration you choose.

Lenovo Yoga A940

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Designed for digital artists, the Lenovo Yoga A940 is an all-in-one desktop PC that looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Studio. It sports a 27-inch touchscreen display, which you can tilt down to a 25-degree angle. It also features Lenovo’s Precision dial that can be placed on either side of the display and gives you more precise control over your work. You can adjust the brush size, opacity, and other settings in programs like Photoshop.

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The device is powered by the Intel 8th-gen Core i7 processor and comes with up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. It also has an integrated wireless charging pad for charging a supported smartphone while working.

The Lenovo Yoga A940 will go on sale in March starting at $2,350, making it quite a bit cheaper than Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2. The retail box includes a mouse, keyboard, and digital stylus, in addition to the Precision dial and the device itself.

HP Omen Obelisk

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At CES 2019, HP announced upgraded versions of its Omen Obelisk desktops, which now come with the 9th generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors and NVIDIA Turing graphics.

HP's high-end Omen Obelisk desktop comes with the Intel Core i9 processor and will go on sale in March.

There are two versions of the desktop available. The entry-level model sports an Intel Core i7-9700K processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, while the high-end variant offers an Intel Core i9-9900K processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti GPU. Both have 16GB of RAM.

The computer looks more or less the same as the original, which isn’t a bad thing. The case is gorgeous and has a tool-less design, making it easy to upgrade components. It also comes with a second SSD slot for adding more storage. The new HP Omen Obelisk will be available from March and will start at $2,250.

Corsair One series

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There are three new desktops in Corsair’s One range. The most powerful is the One Pro i180, a compact gaming device with top-of-the-line specs and a high price tag. It features the Intel Core i9-9920X processor, NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti graphics, and 32GB of RAM. There’s a 960GB SSD and 2TB HDD drive on board as well as customizable RGB lighting. The device comes in at a whopping $5,000.

If that’s too rich for your blood, the One i160 might be a better option. It’s cheaper than the Pro model but still quite expensive at $3,600. It’s a powerful device, packing the Intel Core i9-9900K processor, a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti GPU, and 32GB of RAM under the hood. It has a 480GB SSD and a 2TB HDD.

The least powerful and cheapest of Corsair’s new PCs is the One i140, featuring an Intel Core i7-9700K processor and GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. You’ll get the same storage and RAM as the i160 model, but the price is lower at $3,000.

The Corsair One Pro i180 and One i160 are already up for pre-order, with sales officially kicking off on February 12. The i140 model can be purchased right away.

ASUS ProArt PA90

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ASUS is marketing the ProArt PA90 as a device for content creators. It’s extremely compact, with a height of 365mm and a diameter of 176mm. It weighs around 5.8kg (12.7lbs). The PC is powered by the Intel Core i7-9700K or i9-9900K processor paired with either the NVIDIA Quadro P2000 or P4000 GPU.

When the CPU is under heavy load, the top of the device raises to allow for increased airflow.

The PC has a simple and elegant design with LED lighting on top that changes color to show the load of the CPU. When under heavy load, the top of the device raises to increase airflow and cool it down. It’s pretty cool — check it out in the video below.

Unfortunately, ASUS did not share when the device will go on sale — it only said the computer would be available in the coming months. Pricing has also not been announced, as it will likely differ from market to market.

There you have it. These are the best desktops we’ve seen at CES 2019. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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