ASUS ET2321IUTH-06 All-in-One Desktop Review

January 4, 2016
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There’s an easy solution available if you don’t want to bother buying desktop, monitor and input devices separately: an All-in-One desktop. In such a unit, everything is included, you just plug the computer in and you’re good to go. In this review, we’re taking a closer look at one All-in-One desktop, ASUS ET2321IUTH-06, and try to determine if it’s worth your money or not…

The good

It looks like ASUS ET2321IUTH-06 has a decent display. It s 23 inches large – so similar to a regular PC monitor. The resolution is 1920×1080, just the right one for this size, and will allow you to keep two browser windows next to each other. Touch is supported as well, although if you upgrade from Windows 8.1 to 10 might be you won’t need touch at all. IPS being the panel type you can also enjoy wide viewing angles (up to 178 degrees). Two-megapixel webcam is included as well, it’s good for chatting on Skype or filming a video or two.

Memory amount is great here, you’re getting 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz type RAM. The mainboard hosts two SO-DIMM slots, so a person knowing how to upgrade memory can increase the RAM to 16GB if he wants.

Ports selection is good for All-in-One. There are six USB ports (three USB 3.0 and three USB 2.0) for peripherals. Also both HDMI input and output are available for video connection: you can plug in HDMI-outputting device like gaming console to this desktop, or use this desktop through an external monitor like your HD television.

The neutral

ASUS ET2321IUTH-06 doesn’t have a fascinating processor, just Intel Core i3-4010U with a dual-core configuration and 1.7GHz clock speed (no turbo is available). In benchmarks it doesn’t do that well, CPU Mark gives it only around 2500 points – same than regular laptops from 2014-2015. The Core i3-4010U is surely enough for home or small office use, but professionals would do better with a beefier unit.

The hard drive is nothing to be very proud of, it’s a one terabyte 7200RPM platter-based SATA hard drive. It will easily take all your files – for example around 200 DVDs worth of data – but read and write rates will be slow. If you want to make the computer faster, you can remove that drive and put in SSD if you know how to do that.

Networking interfaces are alright, there’s a Gigbit RJ-45 (LAN) port and a WiFi card supporting the b/g/n standard.

Transferring files locally works, DVD burner and 6-in-1 media card reader are included.

The bad

Quite understandable for All-in-One (and for this price), the ASUS ET2321IUTH-06 features no dedicated graphics card. So you must use the integrated Intel HD 4400. It’s great for watching Full HD videos, but if you like to play games, it’s pretty bad news. You need to keep settings and resolution low, for example when using low settings and 720p you should get 20-25FPS on games such as GTA 5. On the other hand, Minecraft will have far better frame rates even if you used 1920×1080 resolution.

Just keep in mind you can’t install a dedicated graphics card in this unit, you’ll have to do with the integrated HD 4400.

Summing it up

ASUS ET2321IUTH-06 is a typical All-in-One desktop: not a powerhouse, but very easy to activate and use. There’s enough oomph for normal home and small office use, and that includes HD videos from YouTube and MS Office applications. Gaming would be a bit problematic thanks to the low-end integrated graphics card. Other than that, it’s a pretty well-rounded computer. Get it if AiO solution is what you’re after!

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