Asus 23.6" ET2410 All-In-One PC Review

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Performance Summary & Conclusion

Performance Summary: We weren't blown away by the benchmark numbers the ET2410IUTS-B019C turned out, nor did we expect to be when we glanced the spec sheet. There's just 4GB of RAM, a mechanical hard drive, and a lower end Core i3 2100 processor that Asus tasked with both computing and graphics chores, an awful big workload for a basic chip, even one built on Intel Sandy Bridge technology. So you're not going to win any benchmark bragging rights, and you can forget about lugging this puppy to LAN parties. Even if it wasn't heavy, the integrated graphics are ill-suited for most modern titles, and completely incapable of DirectX 11 visuals.

However, as a family machine, this all-in-one does a better job of making a case for itself, at least for basic computing tasks. You know the ones: Email, Facebook, puttering around cyberspace, watching high-definition video clips, and anything else that isn't real demanding. We wish it came with more storage space, and Asus didn't do the Full HD display any favors by omitting a Blu-ray drive on this particular model, but if you're fine with the system specs, the ET2410 makes good use of what it does come with.

Touchscreen computing is finally within reach, and the sub-$1,000 ET2410IUTS-B019C from Asus proves this. At $850, we hesitate to call this a budget machine, but it's at least affordable. It's also very attractive and will give the impression perhaps  that you spent a bit more than you actually did, especially when you fire it up for visitors and start tapping at the screen to load up your playlist, filling your living room with sound from the surprisingly capable integrated speakers.

At the same time, we can't help but feel underwhelmed by the overall package. Touch computing is neat, but until Windows 8 arrives, it's still easier to navigate with a mouse and keyboard in Windows 7. But it's the hardware that has us scratching our heads. It feels like Asus made concessions at almost every turn, from only outfitting the ET2410 with 4GB of RAM at a time with system memory is dirt cheap, to only providing 500GB of storage space -- these are yesteryear specs. And then there's the dual-core Core i3 2100 processor, which is fine for basic tasks, but lacks the muscle for any kind of heavy duty computing or gaming. On top of it all, where's the Blu-ray drive to take advantage of that 1920x1080 display? It's on the ET2410IUTS-B018C model, and so is the faster processor (quad-core Core i5 2310), more RAM (6GB), and twice the storage space (1TB), though it still lacks a dedicated GPU. Still, it's a much more powerful machine with several improvements, and it's only about $100 more, which is well worth it for the upgrade if you're interested in an all-in-one like the ET2410.

 

  

  • It has a touch screen and Full HD resolution
  • Integrated speakers can fill up a room
  • Looks absolutely gorgeous
  • Wireless mouse and keyboard
  • Weak integrated graphics
  • No much storage space
  • Dual-core processor doesn't pack a performance punch
  • Why no Blu-ray drive?

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