The Zen AiO ZN242 features a 23.8-inch IPS display with tiny 2mm bezels around the display, which Asus refers to as “NanoEdge”. Thanks to the thin bezels, the all-in-one boasts a highly impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90%. That is not only higher than rival AIO PCs but also most smartphones out there. Even the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ displays have a screen-to-body ratio of “only” 83%. Unfortunately, the Zen AiO ZN242 cannot quite compete with smartphone displays as far as the resolution is concerned. Asus has used a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution panel, offering a pixel density of 92 pixels per inch.
Coming to the internals, the Zen AiO ZN242 runs on an Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor with a base frequency of 2.8 GHz and Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz. It also comes with 32GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe SSD storage or an HDD with Intel Optane Cache drive. When it comes to graphics performance, the AIO packs NVIDIA’s mid-range GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, so some casual gaming is definitely possible.
Connectivity options include 4x USB 3.0 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0, RJ45 Ethernet, and a headset/microphone jack. The stylish stand integrates a pop-up infrared camera, enabling Windows Hello authentication for easy access. Asus claims the facial recognition works fine even from a distance of up to 4m. That certainly sounds impressive, but it remains to be seen if real-world performance is indeed that impressive.
The Asus Zen AiO ZN242 will go on sale in select markets in September this year, but the company hasn’t announced any pricing details just yet. In fact, the complete specs of the AIO PC haven’t been revealed either. It is likely that more details, along with the pricing info, will be shared ahead of its commercial debut.
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