It’s fair to say more than a handful of people were disappointed with the amount of bezels on the new-generation iMac. Truth is, it just seemed odd to do a design overhaul and still end up with a screen flanked by bezels that feel straight out of 2012. In contrast, the Asus Zen AiO 24 keeps that material surrounding the display to a bare minimum, turning out an all-in-one PC that feels perfectly appropriate for contemporary times.
An absolute stunner of a productivity machine, the device surrounds its 23.8-inch display with a barely discernible 2.8-mm bezel, creating a front panel with a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent. That’s right, the darn thing is nearly all screen while incorporating an all-metal off-center stand, making for one good-looking machine, whether for the desk at your corner office, the open-floor workspace, or the corner of the living room where you do your work from home.
The Asus Zen AiO 24 has a 1080p IPS display that boasts wide viewing angles, 100 percent support for the sRGB color gamut, and 250 nits of brightness. It has a 16:9 aspect ratio and anti-glare coating, with the option to equip with a multi-touch panel, in case you prefer tapping on the screen occasionally instead of doing everything with a mouse. Inside, it’s a powerful productivity machine, with the option to rock a 1.8Ghz eight-core Ryzen R7 5700U CPU, AMD Radeon graphics, and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM at the high end. For storage, it can get up to 2TB of combined SSD and HDD storage.
Above the display sits a raised section that houses a 720p webcam and an IR camera for Windows Hello hands-free login. We know… 720p in the age of remote conferencing seems like a missed opportunity, but that’s what they’re going with here. For the privacy conscious, that webcam is fitted with a built-in shutter, so you can cover it up as desired.
The Asus Zen AiO 24 gets an integrated speaker below the display, which comes covered in fabric. According to the outfit, it uses upward-facing drivers, with an advanced bass reflex design similar to what you’ll find in standalone speakers. With audio tuning from Harman Kardon, the outfit claims, the speaker will deliver clear, full range sound with a smooth and powerful bass. Suffice to say, we’re hopeful this sounds a lot better than the typical speakers you’ll find integrated into many all-in-one PCs.
It gets Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, so you get all the new wireless connectivity chips onboard, along with a smattering of ports for hooking up various peripherals. On the side, it gets two USB slots (one Type A and one Type C) and a combo audio jack, while the rear gets an Ethernet port, HDMI slots (one input and one output), and three USB ports. Other features include a built-in mic array, support for both Cortana and Alexa voice assistants, and VESA compatibility for mounting anywhere.
The Asus Zen AiO 24 comes out in May, priced starting at $699.99.