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Asus ET2300IUTI review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £880
inc VAT

A great all-in-one PC. It's powerful and its screen can lie flat, but it's out-powered by cheaper models


3.3GHz Intel Core i3-3220, 4GB RAM, 23in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8

The Asus ET2300ITUI isn’t the prettiest all-in-one PC we’ve ever seen, but behind its chunky facade lies a surprisingly quick machine that’s great value.

It has a huge base, measuring 375x255mm, but it’s here where all its hardware lies as opposed to being hidden behind the screen. This means you’ll need a fair bit of space to fit it on your desk, but provided you’ve got the room, its large base quickly becomes irrelevant as its articulating stand allows you to fold the screen back so it’s completely flat. This makes it both a great desktop PC and a tabletop entertainment centre.

Asus ET2300IUTI

The hinge is a little stiff going from flat to standing, but its 23in touchscreen works great from either angle. It’s surrounded in edge-to-edge glass, and folding the screen flat made it perfect for tapping on Windows 8’s big apps and icons. We had a few problems with reflections given the screen’s glossy finish, but generally the ET2300IUTI’s display is easy to view both standing up and lying flat.

Asus ET2300IUTI

Our solid colour image tests were similarly encouraging, with bright and vivid reds, greens and blues, deep blacks and true whites. The screen’s contrast levels were also very good, but sadly its viewing angles weren’t quite uniform across the board. Having the screen flat didn’t look half as good as looking at it head-on, as the screen quickly darkened even when we were standing only 10cm away.

Folding the screen flat also made it wobble quite a bit when we were tapping icons or playing games. It was worse in the upper part of the screen where it doesn’t get as much support from the stand, but as long as you don’t jab too vigorously then there’s little need to worry about damaging the screen thanks to its strong double-hinge.

Asus ET2300IUTI

The Asus ET2300IUTI also stands out from other all-in-ones when it comes to raw processing power. Its 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-3220 processor is a proper desktop processor, rather than a low-power laptop CPU. It’s a dual-core model with Hyper-Threading providing two more virtual cores. Too often all-in-one PCs get lumbered with mobile processor chips that are more commonly found in laptops in order to keep their size down, but the ET2300IUTI has no such qualms about its overall design. As a result, the ET2300IUTI scored an impressive 58 overall in our multimedia benchmarks, making it one of the fastest all-in-ones we’ve reviewed.

It’s not quite so speedy when it comes to gaming, though, as it relies solely on its integrated Intel HD Graphics 2500 chip instead of having a dedicated graphics card. As a result, it failed all of our graphics benchmarks. It couldn’t even muster 15fps for the laptop version of our Dirt Showdown test on High Quality settings at a 720p, so you’ll have to lower the settings right down and disable the anti-aliasing if you’re planning on playing any kind of modern 3D games. You shouldn’t have any trouble playing games from the Windows 8 store, though, as titles like Jetpack Joyride all worked without a hitch.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i3-3220
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x33
Processor clock speed 3.3GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 4
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asustek E2300I
Motherboard chipset Intel B75


USB2 ports (front/rear) 5/0
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 1/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case all-in-one
PCI slots (free) 0
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 0
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Barracuda (ST31000528AS)
Interface SATA3
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) Intel HD Graphics 2500
Graphics/video ports 2x HDMI


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 3.5mm stereo line out, 3.5mm mic in, optical S/PDIF output, 2.5mm subwoofer line out
Speakers integrated

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, MMC
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 23 in
Screen model N/A
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs 2x HDMI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Asus AK1L
Mouse Asus AM1L


Software included N/A
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option restore disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £880

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