ASUS ET2220 preview: 22in all-in-one with Windows 8

The ASUS ET2220 is a 22in all-in-one touchscreen with a modern design optimised for the Windows 8 experience.

We recently reviewed the ASUS ET2411INTI, a 24in all-in-one that wasn't quite able to win us over. The processor performance was fine, but it still had Windows 7 and the touchscreen didn't offer many advantages. It really gave the impression of being an afterthought. The same cannot be said for the ET2220.

The design of the ET2220 is entirely different. About all the two devices have in common is the brand name. The 22in display seamlessly connects with the edge, and has ten touchpoints. The viewing angles of the Full HD display are excellent. It's easy to make the Windows 8 gestures along the edges. And while the ASUS ET2220 is intended for complete touch operation, you still get a keyboard, mouse and remote. A complete package, in other words.

The screen is almost entirely flat at the front. At the bottom there's the grill for the built-in speakers. On the right ASUS has put an on/off switch, and (on our test model) a Blu-ray player. More affordable versions have a DVD burner.

On the left there are two USB 3.0 ports, two audio jacks and a memory card reader. The base lets you position the screen vertically or lean it back. Vertical is great for traditional work, while the slanted position is very nice when you're using touch software. When you tilt the screen the base also moves a bit.

ASUS has put a mode and a menu button on the side, which are useful for when you want to use the ET2220 as monitor. You can connect it to your laptop as second monitor, or use it as the screen for a digital TV receiver or games console. You can read the rest of ASUS ET2220 preview on Hardware.info.