This year we’ve seen more and more manufacturers release all in one PCs. While a lot of these PCs have been targeted to home users, businesses too can benefit from adopting AIOs. ASUS certainly has been busy with various models this year, and their latest, the ASUS AIO ET2321 is a PC that can be adapted to a variety of scenarios.
Build quality & design
While traditionally AIOs have a rather unique design, the ET2321 makes for a rather stunning addition to anyone’s desk. A tapered stand effortlessly holds up the screen, before dissolving into the base in one swoop. It’s certainly the most attractive looking AIO I’ve played around with so far, so ASUS gets major brownie points in the looks department.
The ET2321 has the usual assortment of features and ports you’d expect to find on an AIO. There’s an optical drive, Ethernet, USB 2.0 and 3.0, as well as HDMI in and out. Annoyingly, the USB ports are all located at the back of the unit, which makes it difficult to quickly plug and unplug devices. I don’t understand why ASUS didn’t think it would be a good idea to include at least one USB port on the side of the ET2321. Of course, the 23” IPS panel takes center stage, but I’ll elaborate more on it later.
|Released:||October 1, 2013|
|Dimensions:||22.48031496063 in x 14.133858267717 in x 7.8740157480315 in|
|CPU Type:||Intel i3-4010U|
|Optical Drive:||Blu-Ray Combo 8X|
|Integrated GPU:||Intel HD 4400|
|USB:||3.0 x 2|
|Video:||HDMI x 1|
|Audio:||3.5mm, Stero speakers|
|Resolution:||1920 x 1080|
Benchmarks & Performance
ASUS informed me that the model that I was reviewing was their entry-level one, aimed more at casual business user than someone who wanted to run a lot of hardcore applications. The ET2321 handled simple tasks in Office with ease, running through some Excel macros and Word documents without any hiccups. I was even able to run Adobe InDesign for some basic layouts, but trying to manipulate some large images posed a bit of a challenge for the i3 processor. Still, most web-based applications or virtual desktop software will run flawlessly on the ET2321.
The 23” IPS panel has a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which is great for working on large spreadsheets, but can make certain text-heavy websites appear just a tad difficult to read. It also supports 10-point touch, much like ASUS’ other AIOs. The screen has a viewing angle of 178 degrees, making collaborating with people using a single screen a bit easier. The screen is also incredibly bright and quite sharp, with colors being reproduced brilliantly.
As with most AIOs, there’s a bundled wireless keyboard and mouse. These are again quite basic, but are enough to get the job done. The keyboard was spaced out comfortably, though the keys were a bit too spongy for my taste, and didn’t quite ‘click’ when I typed out. The mouse was certainly compact, so if you’ve got slightly larger hands like myself, you may find it a bit uncomfortable to use the mouse for extended periods of time.
Heat and Noise levels
The ET2321 never got noticeably loud during use, given that it wasn’t doing any extensive computing. The unit did get a bit warm towards the left hand side, but it wasn’t too hot to handle the unit when it was on.
While the ET2321 may be fairly basic, it certainly will make heads turn with its stylish design and crisp screen. If you’re looking for more power under the hood, ASUS does offer higher models with faster processors and dedicated graphics, but as an entry-level business AIO, the ET2321 will fit perfectly in nearly any office environment.