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Asus Zen all-in-one PC offers USB 3.1 and Intel's RealSense 3D camera

The new premium Zen AiO range from Asus has aluminium unibody design, killer sound and even has Intel's RealSense 3D camera built in.

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TAIPEI -- Asus has further added to its now extensive lineup of Zen-branded products with a new Zen all-in-one PC range.

Asus has a long history of all-in-one products -- monitors with PCs built-in -- but this is the first to bear the Taiwan tech giant's premium Zen brand.

The Zen AiO series will initially have two models, the top-of-the-line 23.8-inch Zen AiO Z240IC and the 21.5-inch Zen AiO Z220IC. Both have a slim unibody shell made from a single block of anodised aluminium and an edge-to-edge glass cover over the display.

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The specifications will differ from model to model, but at the top specs, you're looking at a quad-core Core i7 Intel processor with 32GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe Gen 3 x4 SSD storage and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card.

The Zen AiO will also feature the latest USB 3.1 Generation 2 ports -- running twice as fast as USB 3.0, according to Asus, although not with the cool new Type-C reversible connector. On the home entertainment front, the AiO has six speakers, with three on each side of the unit in a combined 8-watt stereo channel.

The 23.8-inch Zen AiO will also have Intel's RealSense 3D camera built in. The RealSense camera can be used to add motion-sensing capabilities as well as functioning as a 3D scanner. Additionally, Asus has added some microphone enhancements designed to clear ambient noise and optimise speech recognition, all in aid of improving the experience of Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated digital assistant.

No pricing or availability has been announced for the Zen AiO range at present.

Asus also revealed the ProArt PA329Q monitor, a 32-inch Ultra HD (3,840x2,160-pixel) monitor aimed at the professional market. The monitor has a 16:9 aspect ratio IPS display with a wide 178-degree viewing angle to eliminate colour shifting. Again, no pricing and availability details at the moment.

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The Asus 4K Monitor. Nic Healey/CNET

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