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Up close with the Zotac Mek 1 and Magnus gaming PCs at CES

Zotac's got a pair of new gaming computers on show here in Las Vegas.

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Zotac Mek 1 gaming PC

Here at CES 2018, gaming PC supplier Zotac showed off a pair of pretty small gaming PCs. The first is the Mek 1, a VR-ready SFF (small form factor) computer that fits up to a GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card and comes with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of memory, 1TB of storage, a 240GB boot drive and more in its vertically oriented frame. 

It's under 5 inches thick -- and the GTX 1070 Ti model should ship for under $1,400 this month (about £1,035 or AU$1,790).

But that's not the fun part of the Mek 1.

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Zotac Mek 1 gaming PC

The fun part is how you have to pry open the computer's eyelid...

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Zotac Mek 1 gaming PC

...and poke it in the eye to power it on. Seriously!

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Zotac Mek 1 gaming PC

Zotac says the PC has a dedicated chamber for the graphics card, to keep it thermally isolated from the rest of the computer. It'll fit up to a 12-inch dual-slot graphics cards if you want to swap it out, though you'll need to keep the total system power under 450 watts (or swap out the power supply too).

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Zotac Mek 1 gaming PC

The Mek 1 comes with a mechanical gaming keyboard, mouse and touchpad in the box too.

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Zotac Mek 1 gaming PC

The switches are off-brand, but they're supposed to resemble the popular Cherry MX Blue.

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Zotac Mek 1 gaming PC

Here's the mouse and mousepad that come with the computer.

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Zotec Magnus gaming PC

Zotac also showed off a larger version of its Magnus mini-gaming PC that now fits a GTX 1080 graphics card as well. 

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Zotec Magnus gaming PC

The new Magnus is light enough to lift and easily carry around.

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Zotec Magnus gaming PC

One last pic, with a look at the ports you get on the bigger Magnus.

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