Asus ET2701 review

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All-in-one systems are usually touted as media specialists, and the Asus ET2701 takes this to the next level – it includes an external subwoofer to place next to its 27in frame.

The subwoofer is a small, brushed-metal unit that’s partnered by two 3.5W speakers built into the all-in-one. In our tests, this setup proved disappointing; the sub delivered thunderous bass but overpowered the rest of the range.

Asus ET2701

Thankfully, the integrated speakers deliver just enough bass by themselves, but mid-range sounds lacked nuance, and higher tones were simply too quiet for our liking. The Dell XPS One 27, which has two 20W speakers and a 12W internal subwoofer, produced far better sound.

The ET2701’s 27in, 1,920 x 1,080 screen also looks good initially, with an average Delta E of 4.6 matching the Dell for colour accuracy. The top brightness level of 290cd/m[sup]2[/sup] is also up with its rival’s 297cd/m[sup]2[/sup] figure. However, smearing and blurring induced by the VA panel’s slow response times ruin the experience. The panel simply can’t cope with moving images as well as Dell’s IPS screen.

Under the hood, the Asus improves. It uses the same Core i7-3770S processor and Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics core as the Dell, and it returns similar benchmark results. Its 0.99 score in our test is just ahead of the 0.98 scored by the Dell, and the two are almost inseparable in our Medium settings Crysis test.

The Asus has a 2TB Seagate Barracuda hard disk that posted the quickest benchmark results we’ve recorded from a hard disk, with sequential read and writes of 175MB/sec and 171MB/sec. It’s got the only Blu-ray writer we’ve seen in an all-in-one, plus 8GB of RAM and a good selection of peripherals. The Scrabble-tile keyboard has a firm key action, and the mouse is small but serviceable. The only major omission is a TV tuner.

Asus ET2701

The ET2701 mixes a glossy screen bezel with a striking, angled stand, but it can’t compete with its rivals for flexibility or build quality. The rear panel behind the screen feels plasticky, and lacks the solidity of the Dell. The plastic doors used to cover the ports on the left and the optical drive on the right feel flimsy. Also, the stand offers very little range of tilt.

We’ve had issues with the size of 27in touchscreens, and the Asus suffers from the same awkward touch operation.

Sheer size aside, good screen quality is marred by the panel’s response times and poor audio quality. The £1,699 Dell is a better option.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity2,000GB
RAM capacity8.00GB
Screen size27.0in


CPU familyIntel Core i7
CPU nominal frequency3.10GHz
Processor socketLGA 1155


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce GT 640M
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetNvidia GeForce GT 640M
HDMI outputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSeagate Barracuda 7200.14
Hard disk usable capacity1.80TB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size64MB


Optical disc technologyBlu-ray writer


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


Case formatAll-in-one
Dimensions660 x 233 x 508mm (WDH)

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)2
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
3.5mm audio jacks4

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardAsus wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption80W
Peak power consumption156W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings56fps
3D performance settingMedium
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.99
Responsiveness score0.89
Media score1.09
Multitasking score0.99

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