Asus 27" Zen AiO offers sleek simplicity

The trend for all-in-one PCs seems to be moving to ever-larger integrated display panels. Apple's iMac and Microsoft's Surface Studio, to cite two popular examples, are both available with 27" displays. Asus is throwing its hat in the ring with the 27" Zen AiO, a machine with specs roughly in line with its competitors. The main difference is that the Zen's 1920x1080 screen resolution isn't in the same league as the high-pixel-density offerings from Apple and Microsoft.

The screen is an IPS display with optional ten-point multi-touch capability. Inside, the Zen AiO ZN270IE offers a choice of Intel seventh-generation Core processors, up to the i7-7700T. Graphics options are limited to Intel integrated graphics or a Nvidia GeForce 940MX with 2 GB of video memory. System memory options go from a pretty paltry 4 GB of DDR4 RAM up to 16 GB. Storage options start with a 1 TB hard drive and go all the way up to a combo setup with a 512 GB SSD and a 2 TB spinner. Networking comes courtesy of built-in Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1 adapters.

Buyers can attach one additional display using the single HDMI output. The presence of an HDMI input means the 27" Zen AiO will still have some use even after the internals become obsolete. A one-megapixel front camera is part of the standard package, and there's the option of adding a Windows Hello-compatible infrared camera. Asus hasn't offered pricing or availability information for the Zen AiO ZN270IE.

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