Let me tell you the greatest benefit of an All-in-One desktop. That’s the ease of use and deployment. You don’t need to worry about missing displays or mouses because everything is included. In addition, these AiOs are often quite inexpensive, considering that you’re getting a full computer set. But ASUS Zen Z240-C1 happens to be a bit more pricey All-in-One, so let me tell you if it’s really worth the money or not…
What programs would run on it?
Frankly, ASUS Zen Z240-C1 doesn’t have problems with running any “everyday” programs. Its processor is the Intel Core i5-6400T, a workhorse of the i5 series equipped with four cores, 2.2GHz clock speed and 2.8GHz turbo. It’s not a low voltage model, hence the performance is impressive. You can see it yourself in CPU Mark benchmark, where this i5-6400T reaches 5200 points and i5-6200U (a low voltage model) 3900 points which is considerably less. So yes, even though All-in-Ones sometimes sport a power efficient processor, this one doesn’t, and as a result performance is adequate for heavier applications (like Adobe Premiere editor) too.
Also memory is sufficient for demanding software and multitasking, the desktop has one 8GB (DDR4 2133MHz) stick installed. If for some reason you need more, rest assured the maximum this system can take is 32 gigabytes on its two memory sockets.
The hybrid hard drive acts as a storage, it has the large 1TB 5400RPM SATA 3 hard drive section and then a small 8GB solid-state drive cache. The SSD part is automated, computer will decide what programs will be put there. This drive should suffice for casual and power users alike, but a tech-savvy person can surely swap it for a real SSD if he wants to.
Good for gaming too?
ASUS Zen Z240-C1 has some gaming capabilities. The graphics card is a dedicated GeForce GTX 950M with 1GB of memory. Now it surely isn’t a beast, but can play any games (as of Spring 2016) although few will require lower settings to run smooth. For example, the popular Grand Theft Auto 5 will get ca. 30 FPS if played on high settings and Full HD – lowering settings will bring better FPS. Fallout 4 on medium and 1366×768 is likely to get +40FPS.
What peripherals and devices does it accept?
You can spice up the ASUS Zen Z240-C1 with some peripherals. For example, there are two HDMI-out ports if you want to plug in more monitors. There are also one USB 2.0, four USB 3.0 and one USB 3.1 Type C for various devices (such as a keyboard, mouse, your digital camera).
The only audio ports are the common headphone / microphone connectors.
Even though the computer is called All-in-One, it doesn’t have everything you might want to have: DVD burner is not here, but you can get an external one and hook that up to the desktop’s USB port.
Media card reader supporting SD(HC/XC), MS (Pro) and MMC is available.
This unit can be connected to Internet via the low-end 802.11n adapter (supports Bluetooth 4.0) or the 1000Mbps RJ-45 port in the back panel.
A built-in webcam is included, feel free to have a Skype video chat using that.
Other things you might find interesting
ASUS Zen Z240-C1 has a wonderful 24 inches (23.8″ to be exact) display featuring the 1920×1080 resolution. The panel type is IPS which often leads to good viewing angles; indeed the advertised horizontal and vertical angles are 178 degrees here. This particular model (-C1) does not support touch.
The system does not operate on battery, you need it plugged in to a power socket any time you’re using it.
The power supply isn’t that beefy, only 180W, but because you can’t upgrade much of the system it should be sufficient.
Wireless keyboard and mouse are included.
Windows 10 Home (64-bit) is pre-installed on the storage drive.
ASUS Zen Z240-C1 is one of the more powerful All-in-Ones, in that it features a Skylake-based Core i5 processor with plenty of oomph for demanding software and power users. Having 8GB RAM is also a good idea, however hybrid hard drive is a bit disappointing – for this premium price, one could very well ask for a solid-state drive. Fortunately, you can install one inside if you have the skills. Also gamers will be given something thanks to the dedicated graphics card. So, if you’re in search for a new All-in-One that has to be powerful and quite gaming-friendly, choosing this ASUS should put a smile on your face!