We’ve heard from most of the familiar manufacturers thus far, but now Asus is getting in on the Windows 8 fun, introducing us to a line of all-in-one desktop computers, as well as a few interesting notebooks.
For the release of Windows 8, Asus has gone back and redesigned both types of machines, bringing the touchscreen to practically every machine in the range, thanks to Windows 8 really needing it for the new LiveTile interface.
First up is the desktop range, and Asus thinks you should throw out that tower and move to a machine that makes better use of your desk space, with all-in-one machines that like an iMac, throw all the grunt behind a spacious touchscreen monitor.
Available in three sizes, the new ET range of all-in-one computers from Asus start at $999 and offer a variety of Intel processors, Full HD 1080p screens, USB 3.0, DVD drives, WiFi, at least 500GB of storage, and both HDMI in and out ports.
The ET2200 starts it off with a choice of Pentium or Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and up to 1TB of storage behind the 21.5 inch touchscreen.
From $1599, the ET2300 moves up to a 23 inch IPS screen with 1920×1080, better viewing angles, a choice between more graphics power with either Intel HD or Nvidia GeForce GT630M, and even Intel’s wireless display technology, known as WiDi.
Or there’s the big daddy, with the Asus ET2701, featuring a 27 inch Full HD screen, 8GB RAM, 2TB of storage, Blu-ray combo drive, DVBT hybrid tuner, and a subwoofer for $2199.
Then there are the laptops, which will see Asus releasing quite a few of.
Three touch friendly notebook brands have been unveiled for release in Australia, with the company’s “ZenBook” Ultrabook brand being updated for the new touch-capable technology.
Taking after the lower end of the spectrum is the VivoBook range of computers, starting from $499 and offering touchscreen technology for the budget price point.
Designs look to echo the Transformer tablets and ZenBook computers, and Asus is utilising conventional hard drives, 11.6 and 14 inch screens, and a range of chips for these machines, which use as low as an Intel Celeron and as high as the Intel Core i7 chipset.