Asus ET2220IUTI review
3GHz Intel Core i5-3330, 6GB RAM, 21.5in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 8
Gaming is actually possible on this system, although you'll have to knock the quality and resolution down a bit. We only got a frame rate of 19.2fps from Dirt Showdown at a resolution of 1,280x720, 4x AA and high quality, but reducing that to medium quality and 2x AA gave us a playable frame rate of 27.6fps. This is thanks to the 1GB Nvidia GeForce 610M graphics processor, which is up to playing the vast majority of modern 3D games if you don't insist on the very best graphical quality.
The 3GHz Intel Core i5-3330 processor is very capable, too, particularly as this is the full desktop processor. That means that it has four cores, rather than being a dual-core model like many of the mobile Core i5 processors found in laptops and thin all-in-one PCs. The PC scored 82 overall in our newly-updated benchmark tests. Between this processor and 6GB of memory, you'll be able to run any software you want for the foreseeable future, even if you do a lot of multi-tasking. It's a good thing the PC is well-specified, though, as it's not designed to be easy to upgrade. Unlike some all-in-ones we've seen, there aren't even easy access points to add extra RAM or replace your hard disk.
Fortunately, upgrading storage probably won't be necessary, as the system comes with a 2TB hard disk, which is easily enough to keep most users' media and software habits satisfied for a good while. If you want to use external storage, to boost that, there are four USB3 ports - two on the side and two at the back.
There's an SD card reader at the side of the system, a Gigabit Ethernet port at the back and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi. Asus may have missed a trick here, as it's not dual-band. There's also a single USB port, which is best used for the dongle that goes with the wireless keyboard and mouse. The wireless keyboard and mouse are both comfortable to use. The mouse is perhaps better suited to small hands while the keyboard’s flat keys allow for fast, accurate typing.
At £800, this all-in-one is very quick, has a large hard disk, excellent speakers and is even capable of playing games. It's not the most attractive all-in-one we've ever seen, but at this price we're happy to forgive its looks and it wins a Best Buy award.
|Processor||Intel Core i5-3330|
|Processor external bus||100MHz (DMI)|
|Processor clock speed||3GHz|
|USB2 ports (front/rear)||2/3|
|Firewire ports (front/rear)||0/0|
|eSATA ports (front/rear)||0/0|
|Wired network ports||1x 10/100/1000|
|Wireless networking support||802.11n|
|PCI-E x1 slots (free)||N/A|
|PCI-E x16 slots (free)||N/A|
|Free memory slots||2|
|Hard disk model(s)||Seagate ST2000DM003|
|Total storage capacity||2,000GB|
|Graphics card(s)||Nvidia GeForce 610M|
|Sound outputs||3.5mm stereo line out, 3.5mm mic in|
|Supported memory cards||SDHC, MMC|
|Optical drive type(s)||BD-ROM, DVD+/-RW +/-DL|
|Viewable size||21.5 in|
|Keyboard||Asus wireless keyboard|
|Mouse||Asus wireless mouse|
|Operating system||Windows 8|
|Operating system restore option||restore partition|
|Warranty||one year RTB|