New OS, New AIO
Late last year, we reviewed the ASUS ET2411INTI AIO (All-in-One) PC system and found it to be a sleek and capable device. The system had decent poke and a host of features that enabled it to be a strong all-round entertainment powerhouse. This included discrete graphics - albeit a pretty basic NVIDIA GT 630M - an integrated TV tuner and Blu-ray player.
Now that Windows 8 has launched, ASUS has updated their AIO line-up with the new ET2300INTI. Touted by ASUS as the "Master of Home Entertainment", the ET2300INTI is one of the first Windows 8 AIOs that ASUS has launched.
On first impressions, the ASUS ET2300INTI gave us mixed feelings. Browsing through its spec sheets and taking a look at the unit itself, we were glad that ASUS included some new features in this AIO; but at the same time, we were perplexed as to why ASUS left out some of features that made the older ET2411INTI such a competent AIO.
The bad news first. To begin, one of the more glaring omissions is that the ET2300INTI no longer comes with a Blu-ray capable drive. Instead, it has to make do with a regular Super-combo DVD drive. With Blu-ray being the medium of choice amongst many movie enthusiasts, the lack of a Blu-ray capable drive really puts a damper on the ET2300INTI’s ambitions of being an all-round entertainment system. Additionally, the ET2300INTI is lacking the integrated TV tuner that was found on the older ET2411INTI, though the impact it might have on you depends on your country and city of residence.
However, the ET2300INTI is much improved in other ways. For starts, the ET2300INTI 23-inch full HD display panel has been improved with a 10-point touch system. This is a significant improvement over the ET2411INTI, which could only recognize up to two points of touch. Also, ASUS claims that its display is brighter and more vivid than competitive systems which also have IPS panels.
ASUS has also reworked the audio system and the ET2300INTI boasts what ASUS dubs the SonicMaster Premium sound system. We will put this new sound system through an extensive test later to see if its various technologies really work.
In terms of specifications, the ET2300INTI has a slightly improved processor Intel Core i7-3770 processor. It’s still a quad-core processor with 8MB of L3 cache, but it has marginally higher clock speeds of 3.4GHz as opposed to the Core i7-3770S’ 3.1Ghz. Otherwise, the ET2300INTI retains mostly the same specifications of the older ET2411INTI.
Here’s a quick look at its specifications:
- 23-inch Full-HD IPS display with 10-point multitouch
- Intel Core i7-3770 (3.4GHz)
- 8GB DDR3-1600MHz
- NVIDIA GT 630M 2GB DDR3
- 2TB 7200rpm HDD
- Windows 8
For a detailed specs comparison of the ET2300INTI against the ET2411INTI, hit this link.