What you need to know

  • Corsair is acquiring Origin PC.
  • Origin PC will continue to offer custom-built PCs under its own name, while Corsair will continue to offer its own pre-configured models.
  • Corsair's iCue software will soon be integrated with Origin PC systems to control lighting and monitor system performance.

Corsair is adding to its PC chops today with the acquisition of custom PC maker Origin PC. Monetary details of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition will see both teams benefit from each other's experience in the PC industry.

While Origin PC will come under the Corsair banner, the company will continue to operate as it currently does. According to the announcement, Origin PC will still offer built-to-order PCs while Corsair will focus on offering pre-configured models like the Corsair One.

Going forward, Corsair says that Origin PCs will be integrated with Corsair's iCue software, offering the ability to synchronize lighting and monitor PC performance from the software tool. Origin PC will also begin offering Corsair's Hydro X Series of custom water cooling in some models. From Corsair:

Combining the expansive CORSAIR product portfolio with ORIGIN PC's system building expertise, in-depth configuration options and substantial work force will further expand both company's capabilities. Integrating the CORSAIR iCUE software ecosystem into ORIGIN PC's systems will offer gamers system-wide lighting synchronization and performance monitoring, while the recently announced range of CORSAIR Hydro X Series custom cooling will soon be found in select ORIGIN PC systems. Further co-operation and integration of CORSAIR and ORIGIN products will be announced in the near future.

Origin PC will continue to be based in Miami, Florida, and there are no plans for it to expand sales outside of the U.S. and Canada. For more on the details of the acquisition, you can check out Corsair's full FAQ.

Tiny but powerful

Corsair One

Corsair's One PCs are only a tad bit bigger than a gaming console, but they pack a ton of power in that small package. While they're definitely on the expensive side, they're certainly attractive for space-conscious gamers and people who need a beefy workstation.

Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.

VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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