ASUS has announced their newest all-in-one desktop PC, the Zen AiO Pro, featuring a 24-inch 4K IPS display and 6th-gen Intel Skylake processors.
"The Zen AiO Pro is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and design, with a slim unibody shell and integral stand forged from aluminum. The sophisticated appearance is enhanced by a layer of edge-to-edge glass covering the display, while the rear cover has a brushed-metal finish that complements the spun-metal concentric circles on the front fascia. A vision of elegance, the Zen AiO Pro’s exterior is anodized a stylish yet subtle Icicle Gold color that adds a touch of beauty to any space."
Beyond the (very gold) industrial design this PC features some pretty impressive specs depending on how you choose to configure it. The 23.8" IPS screen is available both 1920×1080 and a multi-touch 4K (UHD) 3840×2160 as well. CPU options include the Intel Core i7-6700T, a 4 core/8 thread part, and the AiO Pro features discrete graphics up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M. The inclusion of an Intel RealSense camera allows features like facial recognition, with plenty of rear I/O connectivity that includes USB 3.1 Type-C.
Zen AiO Pro Specifications:
- Display: 23.8in IPS 4K/UHD 3840×2160 with 10-point capacitive multi-touch; 23.8in IPS Full HD 1920×1080
- Processor: Intel Core i5-6400T; Intel Core i7-6700T
- Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 950M, 1GB GDDR5; NVIDIA GTX 960M, 2GB GDDR5
- Memory: 8GB or 16GB dual-channel DDR4 at 2133MHz
- Storage options: 512GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD; 1TB SSHD; 1TB HDD
- Wireless: 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4 (M.2, 2T2R), supports Intel WiDi
- Ethernet: 10/100/1000Mbit/s
- Cameras: Intel RealSense camera, 1MP 720P webcam
- Audio: 8W Stereo Speakers
- I/O ports: 1x USB 3.1 (Type-C); 4x USB 3.0; 1x USB 2.0; 1x microphone; 1x headphone; SD card slot; 2x HDMI; LAN
- Power Supply: 180W
- Operating System: Windows 10
The Zen AiO Pro starts at $999 (which includes a matching wireless keyboard and mouse) and is available now, with additional configurations to follow.
I’m not keen on the gold but
I’m not keen on the gold but otherwise the unit looks cool. Not sure a 960M would be enough for gaming on the 4K screen though. Also,one feature that’s missing is the ability to extend to an additional display. But otherwise would make a decent iMac competitor.
you’d be surprised just how
you’d be surprised just how well optimized solitaire is now with win10. minesweeper still a mess tho
A 960M should be okay for
A 960M should be okay for 1080p, so you’d use 4K resolution for web / productivity, and drop down to 1920×1080 for gaming.
And it has 2x HDMI out, though it doesn’t specify whether those are HDMI 2.0.
quit making so much
quit making so much sense…no one has time for that here XD
Looks like an Apple clone.
Looks like an Apple clone.
minus $500 and a half eaten
minus $500 and a half eaten fruit of course.
and OSx! win win win 😛
and OSx! win win win 😛
The 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD is a
The 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD is a nice option that Apple doesn’t offer on the iMac.
Plus the touchscreen, though whether that’s ever going to take off on the desktop is still an open question.
“1x USB 3.1 (Type-C)”, is
“1x USB 3.1 (Type-C)”, is that Gen 1 with USB 3.0 speeds(5Gbs), or Gen 2 with the 10Gbs Speeds. It looks like the USB-IF labeling specifications are not used so how are potential customers to tell! Thorough labeling/specification regulations have yet to make it into the electronic goods markets, so maybe the makers, and reviewers, could just list the maximum theoretical port speeds to avoid confusion!
USB-IF labeling guidance:
USB Type-C Gen 1(USB 3.0 speeds/controllers, Type-C plug)
USB Type-C Gen 2(USB 3.1 speeds/controllers, Type-C plug)
The USB Type-C plug/electrical standard is not to be directly tied to the USB 3.1 data protocol standard Only, as the Type-C plugs can be also be provided with only USB 3.0 connectivity as the available maximum connection speed. So “1x USB 3.1 (Type-C)” does not conform to the USB-IF labeling guidance. Just because the USB 3.1 data protocol/controller standards, and the USB Type-C Plug standards where developed around the same time, and introduced to the public at the same time, does not mean consumers are guaranteed to get USB 3.1 speeds with the presence of a Type-C USB plug on a device. The USB-IF labeling guidance helps remove the confusion!
If it were a G-Sync display,
If it were a G-Sync display, that would be an amazing toy. Hmm… if its internal connection from the GPU to the display uses eDP, then it could possibly be hacked to use mobile G-Sync…
The VESA eDP standard is what
The VESA eDP standard is what VESA Dispay Port Adaptive Sync came from, so at least that may be an option also, but this is an all in one PC. So if it could at least provide eDP it’s good to go. Since when have laptops ever needed G-Sync or “Free Sync” as mobile(laptop) devices have had eDp for years. Laptops have had variable(eDP) sync technology for all this time and the external display folks are just now getting around to offering eDP(Display Port Adaptive Sync) or G-Sync(limited to Nvidia GPUs only) for external displays. Laptop G-Sync sounds redundent!
I want whatever you’re
I want whatever you’re smoking. You are confusing multiple technology names and features.
Until the launch of select Asus laptops sold this year, laptops have NEVER had variable refresh like G-Sync or FreeSync. AMD demoed FreeSync on a laptop using eDP for the FIRST TIME in January 2014, around the same time NVIDIA demoed G-Sync on desktop GPUs using a custom DP controller (because DP1.2a didn’t exist yet).
Some manufacturers have implemented PSR (panel self refresh) to save battery life over the years, but none have utilized a technology that slaves refresh rate to frame rate.
DP 1.2a is the desktop variant of eDP which allows for Adaptive Sync as a specific optional feature, but only when a dGPU is directly connected to the display. eDP implementations of variable refresh (G-Sync/FreeSync) don’t work in situations where the display is connected to the iGPU first in the chain. It doesn’t work with switchable graphics.
Since VRR tech has been out
Since VRR tech has been out there for quite awhile now, it just doesn’t make sense to get a new computer or monitor/gpu that can play games and not have a flavor of VRR baked in.
At least this ASUS AIO looks a hell of lot better than that monstrosity that MSI just released –