Asus ET2400XVT review

£1254
Price when reviewed

We’ve seen laptops and monitors with Nvidia 3D Vision technology before, but the Asus ET2400XVT is the first all-in-one PC we’ve come across with a screen capable of displaying games, movies and pictures in glorious 3D.

Asus ET2400XVT review

The Asus is an all-in-one machine, but Nvidia 3D Vision isn’t integrated as elegantly as we’d like: the transmitter that synchronises the images with the included active shutter glasses isn’t embedded in the chassis, but has to be connected via USB. You get everything you need to get started, though, and the 3D effect works well thanks to the maturity of Nvidia’s drivers – a far cry from when the system was introduced and threw up strange graphical effects on numerous popular games.

We’re less keen on the 24in panel. Detail is good and there’s no backlight bleed, but colours are oversaturated to the point of annoyance; when compared to the clean, accurate colours of the similarly-priced Sony VAIO L21, it’s a poor show that could prove irritating outside the bombastic environments of games and movies.

As usual, a range of touch-specific software is included, but Asus has confined its apps to a dock at the top of the screen instead of an all-encompassing front end. Apps are divided into categories that encompass touch tools, fun apps and more prosaic software, but the offering differs little from other machines: you’ll find typical media playback, note-taking and painting apps. Access to Asus’s @Vibe app store sounds promising, but there’s little to download. It’s slick, but nothing new or innovative.

Asus ET2400XVT

The Asus is more impressive under the hood. The Intel Core i7-740QM is one of Intel’s most powerful 45nm mobile chips, with its stock speed of 1.73GHz stretched across four Turbo Boosted, Hyper-Threaded cores. Its application benchmark score of 0.64 is fine enough for all but the trickiest of tasks, even if it can’t match the 0.74 scored by the Sony’s Sandy Bridge mobile part.

As befits a system designed for 3D gaming, there’s a relatively powerful graphics chip inside. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 460M is one of the firm’s most potent mobile graphics chips, and it showed in our benchmark: a score of 57fps in our Medium-quality Crysis test – run at 1,600 x 900 – gave way to an impressive 28fps in the High quality test run at 1,920 x 1,080. That’s almost playable, and running the High quality test at 1,600 x 900 produced a smoother score of 36fps.

The rest of the machine includes 6GB of RAM, a 1TB hard disk and a Blu-ray drive – one of the best specifications we’ve seen from an all-in-one. The speakers are loud and bassy, which makes for great gaming, but movie fans will be less pleased by the overblown mid-range. The only notable absence is a TV tuner.

As a gaming and movie system there’s plenty to like about the Asus ET2400XVT. It offers impressive performance, a 24in 3D-capable screen and Blu-ray playback. If the price was a bit lower we’d be raving about it; as it is we’re just a tad more enamoured by the excellent Sony VAIO L21.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB
RAM capacity 6.00GB
Screen size 24.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency 1.73GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 2
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 3

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M
Graphics card RAM 1.50GB
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 32MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive LG CT21N
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader/DVD writer combo
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speaker type 2 x 5W
Peripherals Nvidia 3DVision glasses, Media Center remote control

Case

Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 582 x 260 x 460mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 4
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 2

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Asus Eee wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partiion

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 114W
Peak power consumption 218W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 92fps
3D performance setting Low

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