Asus ET2300INTI all-in-one PC review: Asus all-in-one gets Thunderbolt, WiDi support

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Multimedia multitasking (iTunes and QuickTime; in seconds)
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Multimedia multitasking (iTunes and Handbrake; in seconds)
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Asus ET2300INTI (3.0GHz Core i5, November 2012)
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Cinebench
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Rendering multiple CPUs  
Rendering single CPU  
Asus ET2300INTI (3.0GHz Core i5, November 2012)
4.98 
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I expect HP, Dell, and other PC vendors will field competitive Windows 8 all-in-ones in this price range before the end of the year. Of the upper-midrange all-in-ones we've tested, the Asus comes out looking like a stellar performer. Its multitasking times in particular are dramatically faster than those of its competition, which speaks well for this system's capabilities as a media file manipulator.

The budget graphics card will provide acceptable gaming performance, although you will readily find its limits with overly aggressive image quality settings. I would also expect this system will show strain under more demanding tasks like HD video editing or professional-level 3D graphics rendering. Then again, if you're serious about those kinds of tasks, chances are you aren't looking for a PC like this one. For everyone else, the Asus ET2300INTI should offer plenty of computing horsepower.

Rounding out the ET2300INTI, Asus includes HDMI-in, HDMI-out, and six USB 3.0 ports, all of which are becoming increasingly common in mainstream all-in-one PCs. You also get S/PDIF audio out, an SD card jack, an eSATA input, and a port for an included mini subwoofer. As with any cheap sub, the fidelity from the Asus unit falls apart at higher volumes. It adds a minor boost to audio depth, but not enough to satisfy anyone that's serious about sound quality.

Conclusion
For better or for worse, the Asus ET2300INTI does not represent a huge upheaval in the way the company sells computers. This system offers respectable core components and a few interesting extras in a serviceable, if unremarkable, chassis. I suspect many PC traditionalists will prefer a system like this one to the slimmed-down, feature-light Vizio. Is it too much to ask that someone merge the two philosophies to create a good-looking, feature-rich Windows all-in-one?

Performance testing conducted by Joseph Kaminski. Find out more about how we test desktop systems.

System configurations
Asus ET2300INTI
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 3.0GHz Intel Core i5-3330; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics card; 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive

HP Omni 27 Quad
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-2400S; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB Intel HD Graphics 1000 (embedded); 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive

Vizio CA24T-A4
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M; 6GB 1,600MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 32MB Intel HD Graphics 4000 (embedded); 1TB 5,400rpm hard drive

Vizio CA27
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (SP1); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M; 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics card; 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive

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Asus ET2300INTI All-in-one PC

Part Number: ET2300INTI-B022K
MSRP: $1,299.00 Low Price: $1,034.96 See all prices

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  • Video Memory 1 GB
  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
  • Color black
  • OS Provided Windows 8 64-bit Edition
  • Installed Size 8 GB / 8 GB (max)
  • Monitor Type LED - IPS - Multi-Touch