Asus ET2300 review

£880
Price when reviewed

We’ve not seen a 23in all-in-one include an integrated subwoofer, and the Asus has a 3W unit on the underside of its base. It provides rumbling bass to complement the slightly tinny mid-range and high-end produced by the ET2300’s quartet of 1.5W drivers. The audio setup is loud, but provides better balance than most.

Performance

It’s an impressive start, but the £880 budget doesn’t stretch to high-end components. The 3.3GHz Core i3-3220 processor, housed inside the Asus ET2300’s base, is at the bottom end of Intel’s Ivy Bridge range. It has only two Hyper-Threaded cores, there’s no Turbo Boost and it’s saddled with Intel’s weaker HD Graphics 2500 integrated GPU. There’s only 4GB of RAM and the system also lacks a Blu-ray drive, dual-band Wi-Fi and a TV tuner.

Asus ET2300

In our Real World Benchmarks, it scored 0.74 – a mediocre result. In our Low quality Crysis test (run at 1,366 x 768), it managed a smooth frame rate of 39fps, but this tumbled to 13fps when we ran the Medium quality benchmark at 1,600 x 900; don’t expect the latest games to run without a hitch at the native, Full HD resolution of the panel.

Windows 8 felt perfectly responsive, though. The Start screen’s Live Tiles flicked back and forth smoothly, and there was no sluggishness when running Windows Store apps. There’s enough power to handle the majority of desktop software, too, although if you regularly edit and render HD videos, you may want more power and RAM on tap.

Asus ET2300

Verdict

No matter how good the screen, 27in panels are too big for comfortable touch-based use – Dell’s XPS One 27 is an example. Smaller 23in screens are more manageable – and this Asus is the best example we’ve seen.

As well as the adaptable stand and great screen, the ET2300 has enough power to cope with general-purpose applications, media and low-end games. The Dell Inspiron One 23 and Toshiba LX830 are cheaper, but the Asus ET2300 is more accomplished than both.

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

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