Asus intros collapsible Windows 8 all-in-one

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 1920×1080 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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    • Anarchist
    • 7 years ago

    … it’s a perfect fit for windows-8.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    This would be WAY easier to carry into Starbucks…

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    • hiro_pro
    • 7 years ago

    i like the idea of a 23″ touchscreen. if it has speakers it might make a nice alarm clock/bedside table accoutrement with weather, news, email, etc. maybe some TV or music to fall asleep to. clearly its not your main PC but for a $350 i3 it could be a nice terminal in a home network.

    • dashbarron
    • 7 years ago

    I…don’t understand where this product with a stand could be used in a continual, everyday situation for a consumer.

    It doesn’t look comfortable on a lap folded down because of the weight, or propped up because of the awkwardness and tipsiness of the stand.

    What’s the point as a desktop machine with a stand that folds down?

    • Mystic-G
    • 7 years ago

    Imagine if you had to put a screen protector on that.

      • shank15217
      • 7 years ago

      lol!

    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    I’m gonna start quoting Shambles.

    [quote<] I know TR loves their products but heaven forbid we can get through an article at TR without mentioning Apple in some form? [/quote<] Fair comparison in this case, but still...

    • jjj
    • 7 years ago

    At first such prods look interesting but why would one buy this and not a tablet.You got bigger screen and better productivity vs a much lower price and a lot more mobility .Bundling the PC and the screen is also not ideal since screens tend to have a longer life and touch adds a lot to the retail price (unless they went with IR touch but it seems nobody does that for some reason,it would be much much cheaper)..
    A RT version with TV tuner could be interesting since it could be both the PC and TV for the room at a more reasonable price.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      It’s a 23″ screen…it’s an all-in-one PC with a touchscreen, not meant to compete with tablets at all.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 7 years ago

        Yet a tablet that connects seamlessly to your PC could fulfill the same role, except for the size part. And it would probably be a lot more convenient.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Ok…I’ll call Asus and tell them to get right on that 23″ tablet!

      • Arag0n
      • 7 years ago

      I would love to have one of those with the proper strategy game…. Think about playing starcraft2 with a touch screen and you will understand me.

        • internetsandman
        • 7 years ago

        Look up Stephano trying to play on a touch screen and you’ll see why this is an incredibly bad idea. Not only are right clicks difficult/impossible to use, your hands and arms would get much more tired from the additional movement, you’d have to select your control groups and issue commands all with your hands (select group of units, click the attack command, click the rally point vs 2-A-click rally point). It seems good in theory but in execution it’s painful to watch

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Nobody does IR touchscreens anymore because it adds an elevated bezel around the screen perimeter and can be disrupted by other light sources in the environment. And to get the kind of touch resolution that is possible with even a low-cost resistive touchscreen probably wouldn’t be cheaper with IR, because the IR sensor arrays would have to be excessively dense.

      The main reason IR was used in the past was because a plausible direct-touch input mechanism didn’t exist on CRTs AFAIK.

        • insulin_junkie72
        • 7 years ago

        IR touchscreens still get do get used in e-ink ereaders, although Amazon did move away from them with the Paperwhite. Most of the other major players (Sony T-2, Barnes & Noble Nooks, etc.) are still using IR.

        The bezel problem is certainly noted. Shadows around the margins due to the elevated bezel on my Kindle Touch do bug me sometimes.

    • pedro
    • 7 years ago

    They just don’t get it.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      Not a very good solution to a problem that only exists because they created it in the first place.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    might be useful in a POS environment.

      • Arclight
      • 7 years ago

      Ok, pelase just explain what the acronym POS means in your context cause all i can think of right now is “piece of sh*t”.

        • raddude9
        • 7 years ago

        Usually it’s ‘Point Of Sale’… although sometimes they can be used interchangeably 😉

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          yeah, i meant point of sale. touch screen systems (usually, these days in NA and europe) used in restaurants and such.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Nice thought but…no, sorry. POS touchscreens are industrial-grade products not consumer ones. A lot of ‘new’ pos I see are still resisitive touch because it’s cheaper and reliable.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            I actually work in the POS industry. starting our own business, and spent years as one of three major suppliers to subway. TBH pos touchscreens are crap, and far and away the number 1 failing device on the system. I’ve worked with a wide variety of companies, and really, they’re awful. I’ve supported and sold thousands of systems across the world, and generally, the build quality is awful. you’re right that resistive is more reliable, and that people still purchase a lot of them. that’s changing however, as franchisees care more about how pretty it looks vs how it works. I had a lot of people complaining that it didn’t work the same as their iphone.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            I like resistive touch panels on pos systems – I still use them with my fingers, knowing they are resisitve and even when they have pens, I just smash the crap out of them 😀 Maybe that causes more failures?! lol

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            you might, it’s better. but WHAT ABOUT IPHONES?

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            I smash the crap out of them too, but for different reasons.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            lies. you love them.

        • Farting Bob
        • 7 years ago

        You’ve been lcuky enough to never work in retail i see!

        I still call them Piece of S*** displays when i deal with anything marked as such at work.

        • albundy
        • 7 years ago

        no, you got it right the first time.

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      For a small shop, I’d agree.

      • mutarasector
      • 7 years ago

      Being in the business of selling POS systems, that was my thought as well.

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