Manufacturers are putting in overtime to get the first Windows 8-running laptops, tablets and all-in-one PCs ready for 26 October. The first to arrive at the Hardware.Info offices came from ASUS in the form of the ET2220, a 22-inch all-in-one touchscreen with a modern design optimised for the Windows 8 experience.
You can expect an avalanche of Windows 8 devices to be unleashed very soon. Manufacturers are putting in overtime to get the first Windows 8 laptops, tablets and all-in-ones ready for 26 October. The first to arrive at the Hardware.Info offices came from ASUS in the form of the ET2220, a 22-inch all-in-one touchscreen with a modern design optimised for the Windows 8 experience.
The 22-inch display seamlessly connects with the edge, and has ten touchpoints. The viewing angles of the Full HD display are excellent. And while the ASUS ET2220 is intended for complete touch operation, you still get a keyboard, mouse and remote. A complete package, in other words.
The screen is almost entirely flat in the front. At the bottom there's the grill for the built-in speakers. On the right ASUS put an on/off switch, and a Blu-ray player. More affordable versions have a DVD burner.
On the left there are two USB 3.0 ports, two audio jacks and a memory card reader. The base lets you position the screen vertically or lean it back. Vertical is great for traditional work, while the slanted position is very nice when you're using touch software. When you tilt the screen the base also moves a bit.
ASUS put a mode and a menu button on the side, which are useful for when you want to use the ET2220 as monitor. You can connect it to your laptop as second monitor, or use it as the screen for a digital TV receiver or gaming console. The touchscreen has 10 touch points and works well, and the TN panel used in the monitor is of high quality.
The modern and stylish design of the ASUS ET2220 betrays the fact that the hardware inside is a bit older. To find out about the different configurations that are available, and how fast this Windows 8 all-in-one is, read the full review on Hardware.Info.