Monoblock review ASUS ET2323



    Monoblock computers have always stood somewhat apart. These are not ordinary desktop machines with the ability to easily replace any component. In terms of compactness, they are comparable to laptops, but monoblocks have much more displays. In this case, monoblocks, theoretically, are less prone to overheating, since they do not impose such stringent requirements on the density of the layout. And finally, monoblocks are simply aesthetically pleasing due to their compactness, “slimness” and a minimum number of wires. However, the hero of this review, ASUS ET2323INT has a few more interesting features. Details under the cut.

    Technical characteristics (emphasize those that correspond to the considered sample)


    Operating System : Windows 8.1
    Display : 23 "(58.4 cm), 16: 9, Full HD 1920x1080, IPS, 178 ° viewing angle, multi-touch touchscreen
    Processor :
    Intel® Core ™ i7 5500U
    Intel® Core ™ i5 5200U
    Graphics : NVIDIA® GeForce GT840M, 1 GB
    RAM : 4 GB to 16 GB, 2 x SO-DIMM
    Storage :
    HDD: 500 GB to 2 TB SATA
    SSHD: 1 TB
    Optical drive :
    Tray-in Supermulti DVD RW 8X
    Blu-Ray Disc Combo 8X
    Wireless :
    802.11 b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth V4.0, LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps,
    802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth V4.0, LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps sec
    Camera : 2 MP
    Audio : built-in stereo speakers with support for SonicMaster Premium technology, external 5 W subwoofer, built-in microphone
    Ports :
    At the bottom:
    1 x USB 3.0
    1 x 6-in-1 card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC / MS / MS Pro / MMC)
    1 x headphone
    1 x microphone
    On the back:
    3 x USB 3.0
    1 x USB 2.0
    1 x HDMI-In
    1 x HDMI-Out
    1 x RJ45 LAN
    1 x TV antenna
    1 x Kensington lock
    1 x output for subwoofer (2.5 mm)
    Dimensions : 571 x 442 x 50 ~ 200 mm (W x H x T)
    Weight : 9 kg
    Package Contents :
    Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
    Subwoofer
    Remote Control

    Characteristics according to the version of CPU-Z:









    Appearance and equipment


    The length and width of the box does not greatly exceed the dimensions of the device itself, it is added approximately 10 cm to both axes. The thickness is also small due to the compactness of both the device and the thoughtful use of volume:



    The box contains: a monoblock, platform stand, subwoofer, wireless keyboard and mouse, remote control, USB cable, several AAA batteries and a power supply.



    I'll start from afar. The mouse is small in size, a typical laptop model. More suitable for users with a small brush size. Powered by two AAA batteries.



    The keyboard was not very pleased: yes, the keys are short in notebook mode, but the keys themselves play a little side to side. Also embarrassing is the lack of LED indicators. Since there was a non-Russified sample in the kit, I can not say anything about the quality of the application of Cyrillic characters. It works, like a mouse, from two AAA batteries.







    The included subwoofer in profile resembles a flying saucer. It is small in size, and will not take up much space on the table. The cord at the subwoofer is not too long, but the very concept of desktop low-frequency speakers does not imply their installation far from the computer. Ideally, it is better to install a subwoofer behind the monoblock, but if there is not enough free space, then to the right or left of the platform stand.





    The remote control is made of glossy plastic. A strange decision, given that wiping it from fingerprints between the buttons is an occupation for very patient people.



    First of all, the remote control is designed to control the built-in TV tuner. You can also perform simple actions to control the computer itself: run programs and manage media players. Looking ahead, I’ll say that I did not succeed in testing the operation of the TV tuner, because I simply don’t have a coaxial cable for a common house antenna, as well as a TV from which I could borrow my own antenna. As for computer control, the remote control may be useful only for switching music tracks. Even when watching downloaded movies, you’re unlikely to need a remote control, since you will be sitting close enough, because the diagonal is not 50 inches, but 23.

    Monoblock consists of two components, the device itself with a foot-holder and stand. The installation process is very simple: first, the cover on the bottom of the stand is removed, then the connector sticking out of the monoblock leg is passed into the hole in the upper part and the leg is inserted. Fixing is done with a large knurled screw; for reliability, you can tighten with a Phillips screwdriver. Insert the connector previously missed into the hole into the port and close the lid.







    As you know, the stand is not easy, since it connects to the candy bar. It works as a wireless charger for smartphones that support the Qi standard, as well as an NFC receiver for quickly transferring information from mobile devices. For example, photographs.





    Previously, I had never used wireless charging for my smartphone, and then there was an opportunity. Earned right away, without any dancing with a tambourine. It was enough to put the smartphone on the stand, as the indicator light turned on and the process began. I did not check how long my smartphone would charge in comparison with a conventional charger, and it doesn’t matter in this case.



    I’ll talk about NFC below.

    The front side of the monoblock is covered with a glossy protective glass over almost the entire area, only at the bottom there is a matte silver strip with the printed designations.



    It is signed on the left, where at the bottom there is a USB 2.0 port with a charging function, a card reader and connectors for a microphone and headphones.





    The location of the control buttons is indicated on the right: device operation mode, menu and navigation. There are also monoblock operation indicators and Winchester activity indicators.





    On top is a camera, its operation indicator and microphones.



    The monoblock case is made in the form of a gentle bath. Behind on the right side (sitting facing the display) is an optical BlueRay drive. Almost all of the connectors and ports are on the back wall; their list is given in the specification above.









    Monoblock tilt angles are quite large, you can sit quite comfortably almost close to it.





    Display


    A high-quality IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 is used here. With a 23-inch diagonal, the pixel density is quite high, there are no complaints about the smoothness of the image. The main criticism of the display is a glossy protective glass, but this is an inevitable fee for sensibility, if you wish, you can do everything manually. Do not rush to wonder why the desktop computer made a touch display. According to ASUS, this function can be in demand by specialists working with graphics, you can draw with a stylus directly on the display.

    Of course, there is also an oleophobic coating that reduces the contamination of the glass with fingerprints.

    Sound


    Stereo speakers with support for proprietary SonicMaster Premium technology are built into the monoblock. The sound is quite decent, to support the lower frequencies you can connect the supplied subwoofer. Of course, this is not a full-fledged music center, the acoustics power is not enough to “pump” a large room, but this is enough for comfortable watching movies and listening to music. By the way, the presence of a subwoofer will please fans of shooters, it adds credibility to explosions and shots.

    Software


    Windows 8.1 is installed as the OS on ET2323INT. From the proprietary software on the device there are:
    • PhotoDirector for processing photos.
    • PowerDirector for editing videos.
    • Music Maker Jam for fans of DJ creativity.
    • ASUS Manager, which allows you to configure all kinds of parameters and systems of the computer. By the way, this is where NFC access is configured through the stand. You can create different profiles depending on the type of information, specify the save path and associate with the launch of different applications. The transfer speed is quite good, photographs of 1.5-2 megabytes were sent for approximately 20-30 seconds. So this is a good way to drop off not too large amounts of data, otherwise it is better to use USB or Wi-Fi.





    The candy bar also supports proprietary Ai Crosslink technology. Its essence lies in the fact that you can quickly gain control of another computer running Windows. In fact, the effect of the second virtual desktop is created, while you can send files simply using drag-n-drop.



    Performance


    The filling of the computer allows you to comfortably perform a variety of, including "heavy" tasks. As a processor in this instance was installed Intel Core i7-5500U, operating at a frequency of 2.4 GHz, and the memory capacity is 16 GB. Please note that models with a lower processor and less RAM can be found on sale. The same thing with drives: in this model, one hard drive with a capacity of 2 GB was installed, but there are models with drives of a smaller volume, and with a one-terabyte SSHD drive.





    As for the video, here we used the traditional hybrid scheme for laptops: a built-in weak card for surfing and office applications paired with the Nvidia GeForce GT840M (1 GB) for games and working with graphic editors.



    Benchmark Results:
    Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 (highest quality, anti-aliasing enabled)



    Cinebench R15



    3DMark Advanced Edition 1.3.708










    I drove monoblock games like Battlefield 4 and Dying Light. Even after 1.5 hours of playing at maximum settings, the performance did not decrease due to overheating, there were no brakes, the number of FPS was always sufficient for comfortable gameplay. There are also no complaints about the touch module of the display, while working with the stylus it showed high positioning accuracy and responsiveness. I didn’t draw drawings in AutoCAD, but I didn’t have any problems with moderate retouching in Photoshop and editing vector images in Illustrator. Of course, the touch mode is not the main one for this computer, after all, the angle of inclination of the monoblock does not contribute to thoughtful work with the stylus for many hours, but in general this is a working scenario.

    Conclusion


    Monoblocks, in my opinion, may be of interest to so many users. For example, those who prefer to use laptops at home because of their compactness. In this case, all-in-ones win by the size of the display diagonal and the ability to use a full-size keyboard to your liking. At the same time, monoblocks should be much more resistant to overheating under prolonged high loads.

    Also ET2323INT would be a good solution as a home entertainment center, given the presence of a TV tuner and a remote control. Especially if there is not much free space, and placing a separate TV and computer is problematic. Say, during the day the candy bar works as a TV to the joy of the older generation, and in the evening it is used for its intended purpose.

    Monoblocks can also be recommended to users for whom the “contribution” of the computer to the harmonious interior of their home is valuable. In other words, if you want a powerful computer with a large display, occupying a minimum of space and not violating the harmony of the room with tangled wires.

    And don't forget the ET2323INT multifunctional stand, with which you can charge your smartphone by simply placing it next to you. You can forget about both the wired charger and the separate wireless. Fewer devices - less wires.

    Recommended retail price: from 40 000 rub.

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