Asus ET2300 review

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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.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000GB
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen size23.0in


CPU familyIntel Core i3
CPU nominal frequency3.30GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155


Motherboard chipsetIntel B75
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 2500
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics 2500
HDMI outputs1

Hard disk

Hard diskSeagate Barracuda 7200.12
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size64MB


Optical disc technologyDVD writer


Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080

Additional Peripherals

Speaker type4 x 1.5W, 1 x 3W subwoofer


Case formatAll-in-one
Dimensions572 x 265 x 448mm (WDH)

Rear ports

eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
3.5mm audio jacks2

Front ports

Front panel memory card readeryes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardAsus wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption51W
Peak power consumption102W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings13fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.74
Responsiveness score0.81
Media score0.80
Multitasking score0.60

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