Asus recently added four models to its line-up of all-in-one PCs in India, which include two touchscreen models ET2012IGTS and ET2411INTI. We managed to get our hands on the former, which sports a 20-inch display. Let’s find out if it’s a worthy consideration for space-constrained desktops or as an entertainment PC for the living room.
A space-saving all-in-one PC with a good feature set
Design and features
This all-in-one PC is twice as thick as a conventional 20-inch LCD monitor and houses all the core hardware and other components such as webcam, card reader and Wi-Fi adapter. The heart of the PC comprises Intel Core i3-2120 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive and AMD Radeon HD 7470M discrete graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory. This configuration is a notch higher than what the entry-level all-in-one PCs feature, which means more than sufficient power to handle the most basic everyday tasks to slightly heavier apps such as photo and video editors. It’s the features other than the core hardware that set this PC far apart from the others in its price bracket. You get a TV tuner along with video inputs and outputs. So, not only can you hook up this PC to another display (such as a TV or a projector), you can even use it as a display device should you need to hook up a set top box, media player or gaming console. For this, the rear I/O panel has an RF jack, HDMI input and VGA output in addition to a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The second I/O panel on the left side features another USB 2.0 port, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output, jacks for mic and headphones, and an SD/MMC card reader. The right side has only a tray-loading DVD-writer. If you notice the frame carefully, you’ll find a VGA webcam right at the top centre and a tiny IR receiver at the bottom left corner.
I/O panels on the side and back of the PC
At 1600 x 900 pixels, the 20-inch display is a little short from being full HD. The frame around the display is about an inch thick and the overall appearance of the PC from the front is quite elegant. The display panel is a bit sunken from the frame because the touchscreen is of the Infra-Red type. There are two IR diodes at the top corners (concealed behind the frame), and the sides and bottom have sensors to detect touch. The advantage of IR touchscreens is that you can use a stylus or any other object to point; it’s also possible to implement multi-touch. The touchscreen on the 2012IGTS features 2-point multi-touch, thus making it possible to use gesture control in certain applications.
Studs for wall mounting and receiver for the input devices
As for the package contents, you get a wireless keyboard and mouse combo, a Windows Media Center remote control and studs for wall mounting. A tiny receiver has to be plugged into a USB port for the input devices. The PC comes pre-installed with the 64-bit edition of Windows 7 Home Premium. Pre-installed applications include the following:
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