Asus ET2300 review

2 Apr 2013

With a versatile stand, stunning screen quality, and enough power to cope with work and play, this 23in all-in-one comes highly recommended

Price when reviewed 
880
5

Touchscreen all-in-ones are split into two groups – the tabletop systems that look like giant digital photo frames, and the more traditional base-and-stand designs such as this model.

We prefer the latter because they’re more flexible, and the ET2300 showcases this better than most. From its standard, front-facing desktop position, it’s possible to push the ET2300’s screen all the way back until it’s lying flat, or at any angle in between. That’s a step ahead of the similar Dell XPS One 27, which stops a few degrees short of horizontal.

Asus ET2300

The Asus is steady on its base, whatever position you choose to leave it in, and its 11.6kg weight keeps it firmly anchored to the desk.

It’s also rather trim-looking: the screen is only 50mm thick at its deepest point, and it tapers attractively to an 18mm chrome-effect edge. The wedge-shaped base is large, but it’s finished in slick, brushed aluminium, and ports are side-mounted, so they don’t spoil the overall appearance of the PC.

Vision and sound

Switch it on and the 23in screen continues to impress. Although it's not as big as the Dell, Windows 8 is more manageable on this size than on the 27in behemoth. Edge-swipe gestures, scrolling, panning and zooming all feel more natural on a screen this size, and the ability to tilt the screen to any angle is a major boon. Coupled with a top-quality keyboard and mouse, the ET2300 is a joy to use.

Asus ET2300

There are no Windows 8-specific keys on the keyboard, or touch facilities on the mouse, but those are our only gripes.

The image quality of the IPS panel is one of the best we've seen from an all-in-one. The 1,920 x 1,080 resolution renders Windows 8’s Live Tiles in sharp detail, and the 245cd/m[sup]2[/sup] maximum brightness is plenty. Colours are vivid without being oversaturated, and an average Delta E of 3.7 makes for superb colour accuracy. A contrast ratio of 907:1 lends photos and movies depth and wide dynamic range. Better still, both dark and bright tones are well separated.

Details

Price ex VAT £733
Price inc VAT £880
Overall rating 5
Performance 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 6

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size 23.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i3
CPU nominal frequency 3.30GHz
Processor socket LGA 1155

Motherboard

Motherboard chipset Intel B75
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3

Graphics card

Graphics card Intel HD Graphics 2500
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Medium
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics 2500
HDMI outputs 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 64MB

Drives

Optical disc technology DVD writer

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080

Additional Peripherals

Speaker type 4 x 1.5W, 1 x 3W subwoofer

Case

Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 572 x 265 x 448mm (WDH)

Rear ports

eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
3.5mm audio jacks 2

Front ports

Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Asus wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 51W
Peak power consumption 102W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 13fps
3D performance setting Medium
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.74
Responsiveness score 0.81
Media score 0.80
Multitasking score 0.60