They took a chance with such bold styling and I have no doubts there are some who will find it striking, but not a single person in our office found the Asus good looking while it sat next to its 27" competitors. The bezel clearly frames the screen with it protruding from a contrasting speaker grill. The steel grill is a fingerprint magnate, along with the screen, leaving this comp looking tacky compared to its foes. And finally, the layered illusion Asus has gone for makes the comp look cluttered and thick.
Unlike HP who makes you pay over $100 for the matching sub-woofer, Asus throw it in for free. Yet despite their best intentions, the sub-woofer severely misunderstands bass. Its rendition is so poor that initially we thought it was faulty, but an Asus representative assured us it was performing to specification.
The on board speakers are barely capable, producing sound that is flat and generally lacklustre across the range.
Although Asus has invested effort into the design of the computer's screen and woofer, their keyboard and mouse look ordinary and underdressed in comparison. The keyboard takes some time to get used to with its flat profile and uniform design making it a little more challenging to discern the location of keys without looking. The mouse, although looking a little ordinary, functions really well, effortlessly gliding across the expansive screen and always taking note of clicks.
Asus is pricing the top of the range ET2700 as a premium all-in-one at $3,000. That's a pricey proposition that sits alongside Samsung's Series 9 and Apple's iMac, but we'd recommend the non-touch variant which is a whole $500 cheaper, at $2,499. A stock model can be picked up for $1,999, keeping it in line with Apple's, Samsung's and HP's all-in-ones.