Asus Essentio CM5675-07

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Support 4.0
6.5 Overall

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Review

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

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Asus
  • Type Core i5
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Capacity 1 TB
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