ASUS Windows 8 Compatible AIOs and Desktop Gaming Machines
ASUS Multitouch All-in-One PCs
When it comes to Windows 8, you will only fully experience it if you have a touch-enabled display. However, if you feel that notebooks or tablets with screens under 13-inches are simply too small for you, just check out these multi-touch All-in-One PCs (AIO) from ASUS. For now, we’ve managed to get our hands on two AIOs that might look familiar.
The ASUS ET2220INTI is an AIO with a 21.5-inch (16:9 widescreen, Full HD LED backlit) screen size. This is definitely a large step up for users who are used to staring at tiny notebooks screens. It is able to detect up to 10-points at any one time, which makes it easier to fully engage Windows 8 with both your hands, or for 10 people who only have one finger each.
As it will be retailing at a relatively affordable price, something has got to give. Hardware-wise, it isn’t very spectacular. It has a capable but standard Intel Core i5-3330 with a clock speed of 3.0GHz, 4GB RAM and a 1TB mechanical HDD. It will be supported by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 610M (notebook class) discrete graphics, which is enough for casual use but non-angry birds gaming is definitely out of the question.
As for connectivity, it’s got a grand total of 6 USB ports. Two speedy USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0/e-SATA port on the side, with an additional three USB 2.0 ports on the back for your peripherals. It also has a built-in card reader, a DVD optical drive, a headphone jack, and an mic jack on the side, while its RJ45, HDMI-In and HDMI-Out ports are located at the back.
Consumers with a bit more space in their homes could definitely consider getting the ASUS ET2701INTI 27-inch AIO. This model also has a 10-point multi-touch display that has a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), and a 16:9 aspect ratio just like the ET2220INTI. However, it will cost almost a S$1000 more.
During our interaction with it, we didn’t find that it was any more responsive than the ET2220INTI, so a little bit of extra consideration might be needed when getting this model. For S$1000 more, you will just get a bigger screen, a Core i7-3770S (3.10GHz) processor, a Blu-ray drive, a 2TB HDD and a slightly better (but still notebook class) NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M (2GB) discrete graphics.
The processor and discrete graphics bump-up will definitely result in improved performance over the ET2220INTI. At the very least, you will be able to enjoy lag-free casual gaming on the modern UI environment or low-quality graphics 3D gaming, but it probably won’t be enough for some graphics intensive gaming. Connectivity is also the same as the ET2220INTI, but there will be an additional hybrid TV jack and a VGA port for connecting an extra display, if having two screens is your thing. Our recent review of the EN2411INTI, 24-inch AIO machine will give you a good idea of what to expect of the ET2701INTI.
ASUS ROG TYTAN CG8890 Gaming Desktop PC
For gamers looking for something as impressive as it is powerful, the new ASUS ROG TYTAN CG8890 certainly fits the bill. This ridiculously powerful gaming machine boasts best-in-class components across the board, and spares no expense, utilizing a liquid-cooled six core, Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz) processor, ASUS Rampage IV Formula (Intel X79) motherboard, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 dual-GPU graphics card, ASUS Xonar Phoebus sound card, 128GB SSD with a 3TB HDD for storage and 16GB RAM.
If that wasn't impressive enough, this behemoth of a machine features ASUS' one-touch Turbo Gear overclocking system, which allows you to dynamically overclock the CG8890's processor up to 3.8GHz without requiring a reboot. For massive cool-factor points, hitting the Turbo Gear overclock button also transforms the chassis, with the lights changing from blue to red, and the system vents opening outwards to allow for improved airflow and better heat dissipation, ensuring system stability.
Of course, something this cool isn't cheap, the ROG TYTAN CG8890 will set you back a hefty S$5900! For more photos and details, check out our coverage in Computex 2012.