Asus ET2322INTH review

The Asus ET2322INTH all-in-one desktop PC sports elegant looks and a decent feature set, but the performance lags behind competitors.
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The Asus ET2322INTH ($1,299.99 list) puts the all-in-one desktop into a flattering design, adds all the features you might look for in a Windows 8 PC, and adds a quality 23-inch touch screen display. The end result is an all-in-one PC that may not offer the best performance in the category, but certainly offers an excellent-looking alternative when performance isn’t the top priority.

Design and Features
The ET2322INTH’s display is the main attraction, with a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution, an IPS panel, and 10-finger touch capability. The Asus ET2322INTH, in fact, looks very much like a standard monitor rather than a desktop PC. All of the components are installed behind the display, which is supported by a single slim metal arm and a round base. Despite the single supporting arm, the all-in-one is pretty sturdy, with little or no wobbling when touched. However, with only one hinge providing angle adjustment, you won’t see any of the height adjustment seen on the Editors’ Choice Dell Inspiron 23 (2350).

Built into the round base of the stand is a hidden subwoofer. Combined with two built-in stereo speakers, SonicMaster Premium sound, and MaxxAudio processing, the ET2322INTH offers passable sound quality, but the built-in subwoofer is pretty weak, and only seems to kick in at high volumes. To compensate, Asus includes a second, separate subwoofer, similar to that seen on the Vizio 27-inch All-in-One (CA27T-B1). Made from black plastic and metal, the geometric subwoofer looks more like an ashtray that a computer part, but the bass it puts out is far better than the integrated subwoofer alone.

Though made of plastic, the wireless keyboard looks more sophisticated than the average bundled keyboard, thanks to a textured surface that resembles brushed metal. The included wireless mouse is small enough to be a travel mouse and works fairly well. Both the keyboard and mouse connect through a single wireless USB dongle, and run off of AAA and AA batteries, respectively.

On the right-hand side of the system you’ll find a tray-loading Blu-ray drive, which is opened with a spring-loaded eject button. Along the bottom edge of the chassis are a USB 2.0 port, a card reader slot (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MMC), and jacks for headphone and microphone. On the back of the system are the remaining ports: five USB ports (three USB 3.0, two USB 2.0), HDMI-in and -out, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and a connector for the external subwoofer. With the included wireless keyboard and mouse, which share a small USB adapter dongle, one of the USB ports will be occupied. The decision to place the majority of the ports on the back of the system rather than on the side or bottom edge, where they would be more accessible, is a bit of an inconvenience, since it means that using most of the connectors will require reaching around to the back of the system.

Inside, the ET2322INTH is outfitted with 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0 for pairing up peripherals and transferring data, and a Blu-ray/DVD-RW drive. A 1TB, 7,200rpm hard drive offers plenty of space for all of your programs and files. Preinstalled on the drive are a collection of programs and apps, including Skype, FreshPaint, a touch-centric music app called FingerTapps Instruments, and a 30-day trial of Microsoft Office. Asus includes 32GB of cloud storage through WebStorage (free 36-month subscription), and covers the ET2322INTH with a one-year warranty and free phone support.

Performance

The ET2322INTH is outfitted with an Intel Core i7-4200U processor—the same 1.8GHz CPU found in the portable Sony VAIO Tap 21 (SVT21217CXB), though the ET2322INTH has it paired with 16GB of RAM. Despite the Core i7 CPU and increased RAM, the overall performance was solid, but not outstanding. In Cinebench, the ET2322INTH scored 2.95 points, putting it on par with the Sony VAIO Tap 21 and the Toshiba PX35t-A2306 All-in-One Desktop (both scored 2.96 points), but well behind top competitors, like the Dell Inspiron 23 (2350) (6.78 points) or the Vizio 27-inch CA27T-B1 (6.09 points).

Similar results were seen in PCMark 7, where the ET2322INTH scored 3,504 points, which put it near the bottom of the stack. This slower performance is largely thanks to the Intel Core i7-4200U processor, which is more commonly seen in laptops, made for energy efficiency rather than top desktop performance. That said, if you’re happy with laptop-level performance, which is more than sufficient in tasks like Web browsing, office applications, and light photo editing, the ET2322INTH works just fine.

Unlike most all-in-one systems, the ET2322INTH features a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 740M graphics card with 1GB dedicated memory. As a result, it handily outperformed systems that rely entirely on integrated graphics solutions, scoring 573 points in 3DMark11 (on Extreme settings), topping most competitors by a significant margin—the Vizio 27-inch CA27T-B1, for example scored 236 points in the same test, while the AMD-equipped Dell Inspiron 23 (2350) came closest with 495 points. The Nvidia graphics offer better performance, but don’t expect the ET2322INTH to be a gaming PC—while it beat out most competitors in gaming tests, it failed to produce playable scores in either Aliens vs. Predator or Heaven.

Conclusion
The Asus ET2322INTH may not wow users with outstanding performance, but it does well for users who want an elegant machine for standard PC use. If performance is a priority, there’s no question that the Editors’ Choice Dell Inspiron 23 (2350) is the better option, with far better performance in both productivity and graphics-heavy tasks. That said, if the performance isn’t your first consideration, the Asus ET2322INTH does have an attractive design and decent feature set, so don’t write it off completely.

Specifications
Touchscreen Yes
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8
Storage Type HDD
Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GT 740M
Type All-in-one
RAM 16 GB
Processor Family Intel Core i7
Monitor Type LCD Widescreen
Primary Optical Drive DVD+/-RW DL with Blu-Ray
Screen Size 23 inches
Storage Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB

Verdict
The Asus ET2322INTH all-in-one desktop PC sports elegant looks and a decent feature set, but the performance lags behind competitors.
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