Asus intros collapsible Windows 8 all-in-one


— 6:00 AM on October 24, 2012

Hot on the heels of Apple's latest iMac, Asus has unleashed a new all-in-one of its own. The ET2300 may not be quite as slim and sexy as the new Apple machine, but it has something the iMac doesn't: a collapsible 23" display with multi-touch input.

As you can see above, the display folds onto the stand, which should make touch utilization more comfortable. (I assume holding your arm in front of you all day gets tiring after about five minutes.) This is a nice display, too. It's based on IPS panel technology, so viewing angles should be solid, and it has a 1920x1080 resolution.

Inside the base, Asus tucks away a choice of Core i7-3770, i5-3330, and i3-3220 processors; Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics with either 1GB or 2GB of memory; up to 8GB of DDR3-1600 system RAM; a slot-loading DVD drive; and up to 2TB of mechanical storage. Connectivity includes USB 3.0, HDMI in and out, WiDi, External Serial ATA, and optional Thunderbolt. As icing on the cake, Asus says the ET2300 even has a built-in subwoofer.

Too bad the press release doesn't mention pricing. Nevertheless, it's refreshing to see Windows 8 encourage unusual designs like this one. Collapsible all-in-ones, convertible tablets... what's next?

   
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