At the end of our first impression of the ASUS ET2300, we mentioned that we’re interested to see how the Windows-powered AIO will fare when pitted against the 21.5” iMac 2013. So we decided to compare these two machines to see which has an edge over the other.
Both of these contenders are good looking in their own right, so it’s gonna be tough to point out which one has the edge. ASUS went for a more macho look with touch of Zenbook on the side, while the iMac has a slimmer and lighter profile. As mentioned earlier, it’s close, but we have to give the point for Apple’s All-in-One for the reason that it takes less desk space and is the more appealing to the eye in our opinion.
ET2300: 0 | iMac 2013: 1
We have to give this one to the ASUS ET2300 because of its touch-enabled display. If not for that, we think that it’s gonna be a tie as each device boasts a beautiful 1080p LED Backlit screen.
ET2300: 1 | iMac 2013: 1
Thanks to a barrage of speakers, an internal 3-watt internal subwoofer and an additional 5W external subwoofer for more thump, the ASUS ET2300 edges over the iMac 2013.
ET2300: 2 | iMac 2013: 1
We’re yet to extensively test each system’s performance, so we’re going to base our decision for now on the desktop’s configuration based on the SRP. These two challengers possess almost the same processor (i5-3330 for the ET2300, i5-3330S for the iMac), but ASUS’ brainchild has a slight edge on the native frequency as it is clocked in at 3.0GHz. However, this little advantage is insignificant as the iMac’s processor can be boosted to 3.2GHz just like the ET2300.
Over to the graphics performance, we think that the iMac has an edge over the ET2300 in this category. Although the latter has more VRAM, the former has better overall dedicated GPU as seen in this side-by-side comparison.
In addition to the better GPU, the iMac also has more RAM (8GB based on the Php63,99 SRP) and a faster HDD (7200rpm vs 5400rpm) than the ET2300. Having said this, we’ll hand over the point to Apple’s AIO.
ET2300: 2 | iMac 2013: 2
Shortage of ports isn’t gonna be an issue with these two mean machines, but there’s a catch. The ET2300 has a pair of full-sized HDMI out built-in while the iMac has a pair of Thunderbolt ports right out of the gate. Although you can customize the ET2300 to have the Thunderbolt ports and the iMac to have an HDMI out, it’s gonna cost you extra.
Therefore, we think that both device deserves a point in this criteria as it really boils down to the user’s needs. If you need a spare display port without shelling out extra dough, the ET2300 is a better choice. However, if you feel that having a Thunderbolt port is more important, then go for the iMac.
ET2300: 3 | iMac 2013: 3
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of these two Desktop All-in-One:
To answer the question that we presented on the ET2300’s overview, we think that ASUS’s new AIO will give the Apple iMac 2013 a good run for its money. Although both desktops are tied in terms of our scoring, we’d like to point out that the each machine caters to different users.
If you notice, the ET2300’s strength lies on the entertainment aspect of things. It has a reputable sound output, a crisp 23-inch touchscreen display which is also great for casual games and to top it all up, ASUS also throws a built-in TV Tuner in the mix. The 21.5-inch iMac 2013, on the other hand, excels on the performance side of things. Its internal setup is more than enough to handle your computing needs and more.
In summary, you need to identify your needs as user before you purchase any of these All-in-Ones. From there, you can decide which of these amazing computers is more suitable for your needs.