Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC Review

February 8, 2016

Stylist design, expertly crafted.

All-in-one PCs are usually hit and miss, and it is probably only Apple who has perfectly nailed the all-in-one design with the iMac. Despite similarities with the design, Asus’ Zen AiO Pro Z240IC still manages to impress us with its performance. Let’s take a look.

Weighing about 7.3 kilograms, the Z240IC should sit comfortably on your desk. And since the entire computer is built into the display, you wouldn’t worry about wires or any clutters messing up your desk – even the included mouse and keyboard are both wireless.

It does bear resemblance to Apple’s iMac and while we try to differentiate it, in some way or another there is still a lot of similarities – even the I/O ports are all located at the back. This includes USB 2.0/3.0 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, audio in/out, a card reader and a USB-C port.

The Z240IC comes in different configurations and the one we have got for testing has an Intel Core i7-6700T CPU running at 2.80 GHz. It also comes with 16 GB of RAM along with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU. There is also a 128 GB SSD that acts as a boot drive along with a 1 TB hard drive for your data. It runs on Windows 10 – though be prepared to install additional updates after you’ve turned it on.

The 23.8-inch screen has a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and also support touch input – though I’m not really a fan of using large touchscreens, especially knowing that after I use it, I’ll spend more time cleaning the screen with smudges and fingerprints.

While there is also a 4K option available for the Z240IC, the full HD screen still works well. Colors are great, and the wide color gamut ensures you’re getting the best possible output on your display. It and does shine when watching movies in high definition.

With its current specifications, the Z240IC should be able to run games at midrange settings. It should also be powerful enough to run the most demanding tasks like video editing.

I’ve used the Z240IC for a week doing various multimedia work and some gaming on the side, and not once did I feel a slowdown or even lag.

The only I probably didn’t enjoy about the Z240IC (and on other devices as well) is the amount of bloatware present. The moment you turn the device on you are already greeted with various splash screens telling you to register or turn on a specific feature. Even turning off or disabling these apps can be a headache.

Overall, the Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IC may emulate design cues from Apple’s iMac, but it’s a solid Windows machine that definitely delivers.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.