The Good New case design adds polish; convenient port access; relatively fast single-core and multitasking performance.
The Bad Emulated four-core Intel chip slower than less-expensive competition on multithreaded apps; few remarkable features; Essentio brand unacknowledged on the Asus Web site.
The Bottom Line As much as we like the new chassis, a sparse feature set limits the Asus Essentio CM5675-07's shelf appeal. It's certainly not a bad computer, and its Intel Core i5 650 CPU is fast enough for most tasks, but we wish Asus had done more to help this lower midrange midtower stand out.
Asus Essentio CM5675-07
Editors' note: This review is part of our 2010 retail laptop and desktop back-to-school roundup, covering specific fixed configurations of popular systems that can be found in retail stores.
Asus' Essentio CM5675-07 features a welcome new midtower case design, and relatively fast performance for its $749 price. Those are about its only distinguishing qualities. It lacks interesting features like wireless networking, Blu-ray, or a dedicated graphics card, which makes it hard to generate much enthusiasm for a desktop that simply performs certain tasks (not all) a few seconds faster than its less-expensive competition. The Essentio CM5675-07 would make a workable upgrade platform, and it would be a fine productivity box if you weren't overly focused on digital media editing. Otherwise, you can spend less for desktops with more useful features.
We'll give Asus credit for the Essentio CM5675-07's updated chassis. It replaces the boring, boxy case from the
Asus' 2018 Vivo all-in-ones come in medium and small
The popular all-in-one desktops are sleeker on the outside and fresher on the inside.
This Borg Cube makes your computer irrelevant
You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
What is a desktop? New designs will change home computing, says Intel
At its keynote at Computex 2014, Intel sees unconventional design as the future of the PC in your home.
Best all-in-one desktop computers: Top deals in the UK
Looking for the best all-in-one desktops on the market? Here we've gathered together our current favourites across a range of prices.
Asus launches ultra-compact VivoPC
This Windows 8 home theatre PC stands just 56mm tall and has 802.11ac support.
Big screens, big batteries: A roundup of tabletop PCs
These new systems are part king-size tablet, part hybrid, and part touch-screen all-in-one.
Dell XPS 18 enormo-tablet shown off in hands-on video
Dell's new XPS 18 is an 18-inch all-in-one computer, which also operates as a ginormous tablet.
Prizefight: Lenovo Yoga 13 vs. Asus Taichi 21
It's a first-time battle between two unique touch-screen ultrabooks. Lenovo's Yoga 13 and the Asus Taichi 21 bring functional shape-shifting designs, but who will be crowned king of the ring?
Four recommendable Windows 8 all-in-ones under $1,300
Have Windows all-in-ones finally broken out of their commodity death spiral? Not entirely, but these four PCs at least put in some effort.
Microsoft Surface RT vs. Asus Transformer Pad Infinity
The tablet wars are hotter than ever -- with Microsoft's Surface stepping into the ring against one of Android's best. Who will reign supreme? Find out!
Windows 7 all-in-ones go out big
We won't see Microsoft's old OS on too many new PCs, but this final batch of Windows 7 all-in-ones finally matches the giant display size in Apple's 27-inch iMac.
ViewSonic VCD22 Android Smart Display is 22-inches of ICS
As expected, ViewSonic has unveiled a 22-inch Android touchscreen desktop running the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.