Just like HP showed a few weeks ago, the desktop market is anything but dead, especially when it comes to the all-in-one market. ASUS came out with its own efforts today, and these new E series all-in-ones are worthy contenders. USB 3.0, 27-inch screens, and CPU power galore, will one of these be your next machine?
First, what the new machines have in common. All of these guys run on newer 2011 Intel Core CPUs, buried beneath a 1920×1080 resolution touchscreen display. They’ve all got plenty of connectivity options, including 802.11 b/g/n wireless networking, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, memory card readers, an e-SATA port SonicMaster sound systems and a VESA port for hanging it wherever you see fit.
Optional upgrades include Blu-ray optical drives, for catching up on the latest Hollywood flicks (no 3-D, of course), 1TB of HDD storage space, 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM and other, unlisted, upgrades. The ET2210 comes with a 21.5-inch screen, the ET2410 uses a 23.6-inch panel, and the ET2700 brings a whopping 27 inches to the table.
In order to separate the three models, ASUS did throw in a few extra features on the bigger models. Like HP’s recent TouchSmart iterations, the E series of new all-in-ones has an HDMI port on the 23.6-inch ET2410 that lets it double as a passive display for video game consoles, cable boxes or notebooks.
The slim new all-in-ones (just 2.36 inches thick!) will look as good on the wall as they do in your entertainment center, though you might have to wait a few weeks to score the model you want. ASUS has announced that the ET2410 device is available right now for just $899. The smaller ET2210 will launch later in October, while the larger ET2700 unit is scheduled to come out in November for an undisclosed sum.