Asus ET2300 review

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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.


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


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.


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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