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Asus Introduces 10-Point Multi-Touch AIO PC

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This Asus AIO made its first appearance during CeBIT 2011 earlier this year. Now the company desktop appears on the Asus website without pricing or an actual release date.

Asus has finally introduced the ET2700 all-in-one (AIO) desktop that made its first appearance during CeBIT back in March. What made this AIO desktop so special was its 10-finger multi-touch support which still seems to be present in the final retail version. But Asus has also now thrown in a 580cc resonance chamber dedicated for low-range frequency audio signals.

At the heart of this AIO is a 27-inch multi-touch screen powered by Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 CPUs, depending on your wallet. For those with an unlimited budget, the high-end model will sport the Core i7-2600S CPU packing 8 MB of Intel Smart Cache, a base clock of 2.80 GHz and a Turbo boost clock of up to 3.8 GHz. Graphic acceleration will be powered by Intel HD Graphics only -- so far Nvidia and AMD options do not seem to be available, unfortunately.

"The ET2700 Series provides a technological leap in multi-touch interactivity, surpassing traditional two-finger multi-touch by providing full, 10-finger multi-touch capability. Pinch-to-zoom, rotate images, and scroll through webpages, all with ease," the company says.

As for other features, the Asus AIO provides two memory slots packed with 4 GB to 8 GB of DDR3 memory @ 1333 MHz. Storage consists of up to 2 TB on an HDD, and there's even a 2MP webcam for video conferencing and late-nite belly dancing on Ustream (ok maybe not). Network connectivity includes 802.11 b/g/n and 10/100/1000 Mbps, and there are numerous ports for connecting USB 2.0 and 3.0 gadgets, HDMI input for piping in your gaming consoles, an SD card reader, an optional TV jack and more. There's also a tray-in SuperMulti DVD/Blu-ray Combo or a Blu-ray writer, depending on the model.

"The 27-inch 16:9 Full HD LED screen of the ET2700 delivers more details of the high definition content; brings you more pleasure while playing games or watching movies," the company says. "Its super-sharp colors enhance your high-definition entertainment, graphics-intensive creative tasks, productivity applications, gaming adventures and Internet surfing. ET2700 Series features HDMI input, making it easy and convenient to convert for a separate display."

Actual pricing and availability is currently unknown, so stay tuned. For more information about the Asus ET2700 AIO desktop, including a full list of specs, head here.

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    joytech22 , December 21, 2011 7:11 AM
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    Graphic acceleration will be powered by Intel HD Graphics only -- so far Nvidia and AMD options do not seem to be available, unfortunately


    Immediately turned me away.
    Not like my opinion counts to them anyway, it's not targeted at me. lol.

    Still.. It would be nice to have the option to buy one with a decent graphics card or a Llano APU inside.
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    lockhrt999 , December 21, 2011 7:27 AM
    For some reasons I hate AIO PC.
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    alyoshka , December 21, 2011 7:35 AM
    I really can't see these AIO machines anywhere other than Shop Displays and Malls. I wonder why they try and tout them on the homefront when really people don't want such stuff at home.
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    digiex , December 21, 2011 8:21 AM
    Another lawsuit from Apple in the making.
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    chumly , December 21, 2011 8:29 AM
    Craphics.
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    del35 , December 21, 2011 8:36 AM
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    I wonder why they try and tout them on the homefront when really people don't want such stuff at home.


    When iCrap "invents" ( steals) the AIO, every technological moron will be lining up for one and we will be reading articles in the MSM as to why the end of the pc has arrived thanks to Apple's brilliance. Of course they wont tell you that they purchased iCrap shares before the article went to print. Live an learn.

    Yes, I have no use for an AIO.
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    seezur , December 21, 2011 8:44 AM
    AIO PC's make pretty good secondary computers if you have the money for it. Asus has been doing a pretty good job with AIO in general. Only problem with Asus is they always have some cool product they show off and everyone wants it then it just disappears. Or it's released in very small market and not globally.
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    neon871 , December 21, 2011 10:01 AM
    Asus just better worry about getting the EeePad 2 out and shipped to their customer's. They have gone way down in my book right now. I have been waiting for it since 11-25-11 and still not shipped!
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    house70 , December 21, 2011 10:54 AM
    Most readers on this website do not a use for AIO PCs. These have a targeted niche market and that's about it. No reason to get testy about them, though. plenty of people out there that use PCs just for some web browsing, some Office apps and social networking; for these, the ability to ditch the tower altogether could come in handy. It is the price of AIO that prevents them from getting more widespread than they are.
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    CaedenV , December 21, 2011 11:52 AM
    The only reason I want an AIO touch screen PC is to embed in the wall above the sink in the kitchen for watching movies while doing dishes (a real problem, who designed a kitchen without a window? And what moron buys such a house...), but even then the plan was to hide it under a sheet of plexiglass, and have a 'touch mat' over the glass so I would not damage the screen with soap water.

    Probably the only use where fingerprints would not be a problem.
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    molo9000 , December 21, 2011 12:41 PM
    alyoshkaI really can't see these AIO machines anywhere other than Shop Displays and Malls. I wonder why they try and tout them on the homefront when really people don't want such stuff at home.


    If price was irrelevant, most people would choose an all-in-one instead of the display + midi-tower alternative.
    Even most "enthusiasts" have to agree that a desktop-class high-end processor crammed inside an all-in-one is sweet.

    Wonder what the pricing on this thing is going to be.
    1920x1080 is pretty weak for a 27" display.
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    tului , December 21, 2011 12:43 PM
    I'll second the comment about the Llano APU as opposed to the Intel HD stuff. However I'm thinking this would be awesome to put in my workspace. Instead of having a tablet or laptop taking up space or needing to be held. If I can wall mount this, I can turn to it, punch up what I need via touch and keep my hands/workspace free once I've found the reference material I needed.
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    theuniquegamer , December 21, 2011 3:26 PM
    At least they should provide any entry level nvidia or amd gpu for this multitouch screen AIO
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    jacobdrj , December 21, 2011 6:37 PM
    I am trying to keep an open mind. Really, I am...

    Can someone please explain who the demographic these are going to be marketed towards/will actually have any use for this?

    I get the tablet. I get even the AIO...

    But why the 10 finger multitouch? Why? What use could there be to this, outside of shopping tools?
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    WyomingKnott , December 21, 2011 7:23 PM
    jacobdrj[/nomCan someone please explain who the demographic these are going to be marketed towards/will actually have any use for this?I get the tablet.


    People with more than nine fingers? In reality, I suspect that the killer app is yet to come. After all, a one-finger touchscreen could have done everything you could do with a mouse, at one time. And that was everything that you could do with a computer! You need two for zoom, technically three but more likely five to rotate (it's more intuitive to grab-and-rotate with all five fingers of one hand rather than sticking out your pinkie as if you were drinking tea). Someone will come up with a good reason for more than five soon. How about two-person games on really, really large surfaces? If they build it, someone will come up with a use for it, and we will be left wondering how we ever lived without it.

    as in "Really, Grandpa? You had to click on a control in your browser and TYPE IN a scale factor to make the image larger or smaller, instead of pinch-to-zoom? How paleozoic!"

    Other then gratuitously snarky forum responses, I hope that you have a lovely holiday of your choice.
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    jacobdrj , December 21, 2011 9:04 PM
    WyomingKnott
    jacobdrj[/nomCan someone please explain who the demographic these are going to be marketed towards/will actually have any use for this?I get the tablet.
    People with more than nine fingers? In reality, I suspect that the killer app is yet to come. After all, a one-finger touchscreen could have done everything you could do with a mouse, at one time. And that was everything that you could do with a computer! You need two for zoom, technically three but more likely five to rotate (it's more intuitive to grab-and-rotate with all five fingers of one hand rather than sticking out your pinkie as if you were drinking tea). Someone will come up with a good reason for more than five soon. How about two-person games on really, really large surfaces? If they build it, someone will come up with a use for it, and we will be left wondering how we ever lived without it.as in "Really, Grandpa? You had to click on a control in your browser and TYPE IN a scale factor to make the image larger or smaller, instead of pinch-to-zoom? How paleozoic!"Other then gratuitously snarky forum responses, I hope that you have a lovely holiday of your choice.

    The kid will be wondering what a screen is more than how you interface with it:

    Non-portable multi-touch's main problem is smudges. If you need to control something quickly and accurately, voice and non-touching gesture commands, like Kinect, make the most sense, with some kind of ancillary input like a sub keyboard... To touch your screen... Just not a good idea... Holographic screens will be the ultimate evolution of these non-brain-implanted devices... But as of today... I just don't see a need for this one outside of retail space...
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    misha87 , December 21, 2011 9:32 PM
    watch out for the apple cheaters probably they are gonna sue asus because they are doing better
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    southernshark , December 21, 2011 11:45 PM
    I think touch screens will become just the way screens are. Every screen will be a touch screen. Will it be super useful? Probably not, but it will be there... a feature you might use or might not. As for this touchscreen PC, I can uses for it, but they are primarily very functional uses, such as a display in a store which provides interactive directions to customers. Alternatively it would be cool to have one on the wall for watching things, as someone else mentioned.
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    someguynamedmatt , December 22, 2011 12:22 AM
    molo9000If price was irrelevant, most people would choose an all-in-one instead of the display + midi-tower alternative.Even most "enthusiasts" have to agree that a desktop-class high-end processor crammed inside an all-in-one is sweet.Wonder what the pricing on this thing is going to be.1920x1080 is pretty weak for a 27" display.


    It's "sweet" until you realized that you have an overpriced laptop without a keyboard which you can't upgrade.