Asus All-in-One PC ET2700INKS

The Good The Asus ET2700INKS is unique for its 27-inch display, a fast Core i7 GPU, and a discrete Nvidia graphics chip.

The Bad Like other 27-inch Windows all-in-ones, the Asus' 1080p resolution hurts its appeal next to the higher-resolution 27-inch iMac.

The Bottom Line The Asus ET2700INKS will meet the needs of anyone searching for a fast, large-screen all-in-one for mainstream home entertainment and general-purpose productivity.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Support 6.0
7.0 Overall

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Review

Asus All-in-One PC ET2700INKS

Hewlett-Packard debuted the first 27-inch Windows all-in-one earlier this year. Now Asus follows suit with its ET2700I. Like HP, Asus charges a reasonable premium for its large display, asking $1,399 for a system that might otherwise cost around $1,000 with the same components and a 24-inch LCD. None of these 27-inchers has the same high resolution as Apple's large iMacs, making them a better fit as home entertainment PCs than productivity workstations. Should you choose the Asus system over the HP? If overall performance and budget gaming capability are important to you, yes.

Asus offers a few different versions of the 27-inch ET2700I. This one, the ET2700INKS, is the most expensive, thanks to its Core i7 CPU, a discrete Nvidia graphics card, a Blu-ray drive, and a standalone subwoofer unit that plugs into the side of the system.

I haven't seen an all-in-one with a breakout subwoofer before. It seems like a reasonable way to differentiate the system, but the effort is marred by underpowered hardware. Asus sends power and the audio signal to the sub via a single audio cable. The unit provides a slight boost to the bass output, but even at max volume and with all of the various software effects enabled, the audio isn't what you would call room-filling. At the higher volume levels, the output also lost some integrity.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,499
  • Brand Asus
  • Type 2nd Gen Core i7
  • Installed Size 8 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Capacity 1 TB
  • Diagonal Size 27 in
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