Asus unveiled the new Zen series of AIO S computers. These new systems are targeted at users who want more power in an AIO, and utilize fast processors and mid-range graphics cards.
This new series of AIOs is split between two models, the 23.8-inch Z240IC and the 21.5-inch Z220IC. Both models will be available in numerous configurations, with a multitude of CPUs, GPUs, and other hardware.
Both models can optionally utilize either an Intel Core i7-6700T, a Core i5-6400T, or an Core i3-6100T. Asus couldn't take advantage of faster desktop CPUs due to power and thermal constraints, but these power efficient T-series CPUs should not be underestimated. The i7-6700T maintains the quad-core hyperthreaded design we are accustomed to seeing on desktop Core i7 parts, and with the ability to run up to 3.4 GHz on all four cores simultaneously, it should provide plenty of performance.
|Header Cell - Column 0||ASUS Zen AiO S Z240IC||ASUS Zen AiO S Z220IC|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|Display||23.8in IPS 4K/UHD 3840×2160 / Full HD 1920x1080||21.5in VA Full HD 1920x1080|
|Touchscreen features||10-point capacitive multi-touchNon-touch||10-point capacitive multi-touchNon-touch|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-6700T / Core i5-6400T / Core i3-6100T||Intel Core i7-6700T / Core i5-6400T / Core i3-6100T|
|Chipset||H170 / H110||H110|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GTX 960M, 4GB / 2GB VRAM GDDR5NVIDIA GTX 950M, 2GB / 1GB VRAM GDDR5||NVIDIA GTX 960M, 2GB VRAM GDDR5NVIDIA GTX 950M, 2GB VRAM GDDR5Intel HD Graphics 530|
|Memory||DDR4 at 2133MHz, 2 x SO-DIMM slot, 8GB / 16GB / 32GB||DDR4 at 2133MHz, 2 x SO-DIMM slot, 4GB / 8GB / 16GB|
|Storage||1TB HDD / 2TB HDD / 1TB HDD+128GB SSD / 512GB PCIe SSD||500GB HDD / 1TB HDD / 1TB HDD+128GB SSD / 512GB PCIe SSD|
|Wireless Date Network||802.11ac + Blutooth 4 (M.2, 2T2R), supports WiDi||802.11ac + Bluetooth 4 (M.2, 2T2R), supports WiDi|
|Camera & Built-in Mic||1MP 720P HD, 2 x digital mic Intel RealSense camera, 2 x digital mic||1M 720P HD, Digital Micx2|
|Audio Feature||ASUS SonicMaster Premium|
|Speakers||8+8W Stereo Speakers|
|Interface I/O port||1 x USB 3.1 (Type-C, 10 Gbps)4 x USB 3.01 x USB 2.01 x microphone1 x headphone1 x 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)2 x HDMI-out (Z240) ; 1 x HDMI-out (Z220)1 x power1 x LAN1 x Kensington lock slot|
|Power Supply||180W||180W / 120W|
|Keyboard + Mouse||Wireless keyboard + Mouse|
Customers will also be able to choose between three different GPU configurations. The fastest of these GPUs is the Nvidia GTX 960m, which is essentially the same as Nvidia's GTX 750 Ti. Although this GPU has proven to perform well as an entry level graphics card, we are a bit surprised Asus didn't offer a faster GPU on the Z240IC model. So far, only the fastest graphics cards on the market can play games at 4K resolutions, and gamers won't be able to take full advantage of the 4K display with only a GTX 960m GPU.
These AIO systems also pack several of the latest cutting edge features into their chassis. Both systems come equipped with a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port. USB 3.1 Gen 2 has significant benefits over the USB 3.1 Gen 1, including faster data transfer rates and a higher power rating. The Z240IC also features an optional Intel RealSense camera capable of taking 3D video.
There is currently no word on pricing, but the displays are expected to be released later this year.
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My question - much like the Asus Zenbooks, which were quite easy to take apart, clean out, upgrade parts on (to a certain point), are these going to be moderately repairable, or upgradeable at the user level? (with the I'm sure included 'will obviously void your warranty' disclaimers).Reply
Anyone else read the headline and think that they were using AMD zen processors in these?Reply
Looks like an iMac clone. Even the stand is almost identical.Reply
That is not the Zen we are waiting for....Reply
Indeed. But I do like the looks of it. And compared to all the demos at the local Office Depot I'm sure it's significantly faster. Only 'decent' one there was an i3-4150, everything else was laptop-grade hardware.Reply
Do a lot of the customers look at the back of their AIO PCs? If not, I fail to see why any manufacturer (and a lot do!) would leave out the VESA mounts. I for one do not buy a panel PCs if they are not mountable on arm or wall brackets! ;-)Reply