The numbers of big greyish boxes that used to be in every household have greatly reduced in the recent years. The finger is pointing at mobile devices and compact laptops like Chromebooks. But I’m not a judgemental person at all, I try to find something good in every computer. And there surely are many positive things in having an ASUS M32AD-US026S. I’ll tell you the pros and cons below.
This desktop was released not long ago on 3 September 2014. It runs on Windows 8.1 64-bit version and is powered by Intel Core i5 processor. The CPU clocks at 3.2GHz and has four cores. From such a setting, you can expect excellent performance and multitasking capabilities. Also charts show this Intel isn’t a laggard at all. What is more, the same charts give excellent bang for the buck ratings for the processor.
Whopping 8GB RAM is installed in ASUS M32AD-US026S. It’s debatable whether one really needs so much, or is it just a showoff from ASUS to give an illusion of much faster computer. I can’t say for sure, but it’s safe to assume 8GB memory is enough for any tasks you could do with this computer. In case you really want to install more, that’s possible because the system supports up to 16GB of system memory.
They also didn’t skimp on the storage space. There’s a 2TB (2048GB) hard drive installed which provides space for, say, hundreds of DVD quality movies. That’s of course assuming you actually store data on your computer. Many have moved to other storage methods such as cloud, which ASUS offers for its customers 100GB for free.
What does ASUS M32AD-US026S offer for gamers? There’s no dedicated graphics card here. However, the Intel Core i5-4460 processor contains HD Graphics 4600 chip. It’s a member of the somewhat poor Intel integrated graphics chips family. It’s not a good friend for hardcore gamers because heavy titles like Thief of latest Assassin’s Creed will have chops, although the severity varies depending on how smooth ride you’re used to. At least around 20 FPS should be attainable for such games. For older titles and those with less graphics, you can expect better frame rates with more eye candy turned on.
Connections, other things
Now that we’re done with the essentials, let’s see about other things this ASUS has. For starters, there’s a DVD burner installed so you can both read and write data from/to optical media. The front panel also contains 2 USB 3.0 ports, a 6-in-1 card reader and headphones/microphone jack.
The back panel contains 3 USB 2.0 ports as well as VGA and HDMI ports. Thus, using dual monitors is possible on ASUS M32AD-US026S.
Both Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac WiFi adapters can be used for network access. Also Bluetooth 4.0 is supported, letting you connect mobile phones and wireless gamepads to the desktop.
Whereas monitor must be acquired separately, this Asus still ships with USB mouse and keyboard.
ASUS M32AD-US026S is one of those around 500 buck desktops that does it job very well in home, home office or student dorm. In essence, it also provides enough power for demanding users like developers and graphics designers. Playing games is not unheard of at all, just remember to keep resolution and other settings on the low side on latest titles if you opt for this Asus.
All in all, I don’t see anything particular to complain about here. Similar price (or even cheaper) All-in-One desktops can be less of a hassle to setup but they’re not on par with the performance this Asus possesses. As such, this desktop is good pick if you want more power and future-proof than a couple hundred bucks cheaper computer can offer.