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

Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000GB
RAM capacity6.00GB
Screen size24.0in

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency1.73GHz
CPU overclocked frequencyN/A

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total0
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total0
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total0
Internal SATA connectors2
Internal SAS connectors0
Internal PATA connectors0
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total3

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GTX 460M
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GTX 460M
Graphics card RAM1.50GB
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSeagate Barracuda 7200.12
Capacity1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size32MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A

Drives

Optical driveLG CT21N
Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader/DVD writer combo
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
DVI inputs0
HDMI inputs0
VGA inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

Speaker type2 x 5W
PeripheralsNvidia 3DVision glasses, Media Center remote control

Case

Case formatAll-in-one
Dimensions582 x 260 x 460mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)4
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks2

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readeryes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardAsus Eee wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partiion

Noise and power

Idle power consumption114W
Peak power consumption218W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings92fps
3D performance settingLow

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