Asus ET2701 INKI review: A multipurpose media machine

If you need a computer for light gaming, or as a television, the Asus ET2701 INKI will give you your money's worth.

By Alex Cocilova, PC World |  Hardware, Asus, desktops

We get lots of functional, pretty all-in-one desktops through the PCWorld Labs, and the ET2701 INKI is Asus's latest entry. This high-definition, 27-inch system, priced at $1299 (as of 7/9/2012), is equipped with one of Intel's newest and fastest processors plus a discrete Nvidia graphics chip.

The Core i7-3770S CPU runs at a 3.1GHz base clock frequency, with Intel Turbo Technology kicking it all the way up to 3.9GHz when needed. That's plenty fast for any desktop, let alone an all-in-one machine. Asus coupled that with an abundant 8GB of DDR3-SDRAM, making applications open quickly. I love seeing all-in-one desktops with a discrete graphics chip, even if it's a midrange mobile one. The ET2701 INKI uses the Nvidia GeForce GT 640M GPU with a gigabyte of video memory on board. It ran through our Dirt 3 and Crysis 2 benchmarks on high settings at a maximum resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and scored an average of 41.3 frames per second in Dirt 3 and 19.1 fps in Crysis 2. While Dirt 3 is playable at that rate, the more-demanding Crysis 2 appears choppy and constantly skipped frames.

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The holy grail for gamers is the coveted 60 frames per second (or more), and the Asus ET2701 INKI manages to achieve that rate in both games by sacrificing resolution and graphics levels. The frame rate for Dirt 3 jumps to 77.5 fps when lowering the resolution to 1024 by 768 pixels. When we changed the settings to low and kept the resolution at 1920 by 1080, it managed 76.2 fps. For Crysis 2, we had to sacrifice everything, setting the graphics to low and the resolution to 1024 by 768 pixels to achieve 62.4 fps. While the Asus ET2701 INKI may not be designed with gamers in mind--hard-core gamers, at any rate--it still manages to get the job done.

The Asus ET2701 INKI scored 111 on our strenuous WorldBench 7 benchmark suite. This means that it's 11 percent faster than the baseline test-bed system. It's impressive anytime a large, thin all-in-one can outperform our full-size desktop test bed. Fitting all those powerful components into a sleek, single package that fits in a chassis the size of an LCD screen is no easy feat.

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