13 November 2012 15:30 | By Chester Tan, xinmsn Tech and Gadgets contributor
REVIEW: Asus ET2701

All-in-one Windows 8 Computer



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The ET2701 features built in SonicMaster technology optimized by audio experts — it features a finely-tuned digital signal processor that produces every note in pristine clarity with near-zero distortion. Also onboard is DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC™ ll audio technology, which delivers the most realistic, three-dimensional sensation of being completely surrounded by sound. The ET2701 comes with an external subwoofer with a 580cc resonance chamber dedicated to low-range frequency audio signals that provides a rich bass response never before heard in ASUS AiO PCs.

Available date in Singapore: 22 November 2012 (SITEX 2012)

RRP: S$2,459/-

AIO (all-in-one) computers fit all the hardware into the back of the monitor display in a single unit. This means no wires, no hassle. And now with Windows 8,  you can even use AIO without any keyboard and mouse!

Review unit specs:

- Windows 8 Pro 64-bit

- 27-inch 1920x1080 LED backlit

- 10-point capacitive touchscreen
- Intel i7-3770S, 3.1GHz (turbo boost to 3.9GHz), 8M Cache
- ASUS NVIDIA GT640M 2GB Graphics Card
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- Blu-ray Combo optical drive
- 2TB SATA HDD
- 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI-in, 1x VGA-in, 1x 1Gbps LAN, 1x TV jack, 1x eSATA-USB, 1x 3-in-1 card reader, headphone port, microphone port
- Wireless 802.11b/g/n
- 2MP camera
- SoncMaster Premium, DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC II, External Subwoofer
- 13.4kg
- 3 years local on-site warranty

Big Impressions
It's huge, heavy with well-built finishing like a TV set. The metal stand holds the display firmly, but the screen offers limited tilt angle from 5 degrees forward to 20 degrees backward. I would hope that the stand could swivel but I believe that would compromise the sturdiness of the product.

27-inch is a fantastic size when using the PC from 2 feet away. The screen is bright and sharp with good contrast details and accurate colour reproduction. But where touch input is required, 27-inch feels too large. All your Windows gestures have to be bigger: imagine gliding your fingers from the top to the bottom of the screen to close apps, or to stretch your hands to the left and right of the display to access the menu options. And it's not exactly easy to glide the fingers on the ET2701 glass surface: it feels squeaky and rough to the touch.

The AC adapter is also unusually large, carrying 19.5V, 7.7A of power to the ET2701.

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