ASUS this week has introduced a new series of cheaper all-in-one desktop PCs aimed at SOHO markets. The Vivo AIO V241IC systems are based on various dual-core and quad-core Intel processors of different generations, but the main selling points are the design, a 23.8” anti-glare display with ultra-thin bezels, and an optional NVIDIA GeForce 930MX discrete GPU.

ASUS continues to expand its lineup of AIO desktops each year. The new Vivo AIO V241IC family is broad and includes six models aimed at different market segments with some models being geo-targeted. The cheapest SKU is based on Intel’s dual-core Pentium 4405U (a 15W Skylake-U) released two years ago, whereas Intel’s recently launched quad-core Core i5-8250U and NVIDIA’s GeForce 930 MX power the most advanced model.

Depending on the processor, the ASUS Vivo AiO V241IC can be equipped with 4 or 8 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, an optional 256 GB SSD, a 2.5” HDD, or even a hybrid storage sub-system featuring a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. As for connectivity, the Vivo AiO V241IC has a single gigabit Ethernet port, integrated 802.11n or 802.11ac Wi-Fi, additional HDMI display output, multiple USB 3.0 Type-A ports and so on.

While technical specs of the more advanced Vivo AiO V241IC look rather good for an entry-level/mid-range all-in-one, the key features of the Vivo AiO 241IC are in its design and display. The machines come in silver metallic or gold metallic chassis with carbon fiber-like backs. To improve the look of the Vivo AiO V241IC further, ASUS uses 1920x1080 display panels with 2-mm ultra-thin bezels. In order to ensure that the bezels are ultra-thin on three sides of the monitor, the manufacturer has moved the webcam below the screen, which is not the most optimal place (you tend to end up with lots of chins).

ASUS 23.8" Vivo AiO PC Specifications
  Vivo AiO V241IC
Display 23.8" 1920x1080 NanoEdge IPS LCD 
23.8" 1920x1080 NanoEdge IPS LCD w/ 10-point multi-touch
CPU Pentium 4405U: Skylake-U, 2C/4T, 2.1 GHz, 2 MB L3, HD 510, 15 W
Pentium 4415U: Kaby Lake-U, 2C/4T, 2.3 GHz. 2 MB L3, HD 610, 15 W
Core i3-6006U: Skylake-U, 2C/4T, 2.0 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD 520, 15 W
Core i3-7100U: Kaby Lake-U, 2C/4T, 2.4 GHz, 3 MB L3, HD 620, 15 W
Core i5-7200U: Kaby Lake-U, 2C/4T, 2.5 - 3.1 GHz, 3 MB, HD 620, 15 W
Core i5-8250U: Kaby Lake-R, 4C/8T, 1.6 - 3.4 GHz, 6 MB, HD 620, 15 W
PCH integrated
Graphics Optional NVIDIA GeForce GTX 930MX 2GB (384 SPs?)
Intel HD Graphics with 12 - 24 EUs
Memory  4 or 8 GB of DDR4-2133
Storage 256 GB SATA SSD
Up to 1 TB HDD
1 TB HDD + 128 GB M.2 SSD
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi + BT 4.0 or
IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.1
Ethernet GbE
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI
Audio 2 × 3 W speakers (ASUS Sonic Master)
1 × TRRS audio connector
USB 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Other I/O 1 MP webcam, microphone array
Color Silver metallic
Gold metallic
Dimensions 540 mm × 409 mm × 48-165 mm
PSU 65 W
90 W
OS Windows 10 Home
Endless OS

The ASUS V241IC-series AIO desktops will hit the market in the coming weeks. The manufacturer traditionally does not announce prices or precise configurations for B2B sales, but PC Watch reports that a model based on the Core i3-7100U (equipped with 4 GB of DRAM, a 500 GB HDD and so on) will cost ¥74,800 excluding taxes in Japan ($656). Considering that prices in the country of the rising sun are typically higher than in the US, we expect the mid-range models of the ASUS V241IC to cost around $600. For one of the more advanced models, the one featuring Intel's Core i5-7200U, with 8 GB of DDR4, a 1 TB HDD, and the touchscreen display, it is available for pre-order for a little over $1000 from a partner of Amazon.

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  • jabber - Friday, November 03, 2017 - link

    As an IT Support guy....never buy Windows based All In Ones. Just walk away. Seen so many go to landfill due to one stupid little part that in a normal desktop could be replaced for $50 but not in a All In One. Either impossible or you have to buy a whole new mainboard for $400+ which after 2-3 years just isn't worth it. Plus as they don't sell a lot of them parts are hard to come by anyway. Waste of time Reply
  • MaxdeWinter - Friday, November 03, 2017 - link

    You know that for a fact? That this model wont enable component replacement? Reply
  • jabber - Friday, November 03, 2017 - link

    Oh you can replace some parts...usually after an hour breaking into it. But if its a motherboard component yeah you are shit out of luck. Very expesive part and several hour labour taking it all apart and putting it back again. I doubt this machine will be any different. Just not financially viable to the average Joe that bought it because the wife said it looked nice in the shop. It's only an Asus.

    But at the end of the day...it's your money.
    Reply
  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, November 03, 2017 - link

    The AIO form factor isn't very different from a laptop, tablet, or phone. They each have essentially the same set of problems, but lately (approx the last 5 years), I've seen nothing but laptops getting deployed on desks and most people are okay with disposable consumer electronics like phones and tablets. Just make sure you get a good warranty that covers the anticipated life of the system and you'll be fine. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Saturday, November 04, 2017 - link

    That was a long time ago. Most AIO these days are sourced from laptop parts. If not, you can always use a laptop based motherboard that can fit in one. Reply
  • jabber - Saturday, November 04, 2017 - link

    And replacing a motherboard in a $400 laptop that's 3 years old isn't worth it either.

    Junk. Pretty looking but junk all the same.
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, November 03, 2017 - link

    Nothing like making a highly attractive design that will look like crap in the real world because its non-adjustable screen height means that more than half of users will use a stack of books or random heavy duty boxes to raise it to a comfortable viewing height. (Source: My employer preferring to save a few dollars/employee by buying monitors with fixed height stands and looking at how my coworkers and I arrange our desks.) Reply
  • jabber - Friday, November 03, 2017 - link

    If I remember the usual tool for adjusting screen height was a ream or two of A4 printer paper. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, November 03, 2017 - link

    That's too retro for where I work. Been here 13 months and I'm not sure if IT ever configured my computer to talk to a printer. Certainly I've never used it. Reply
  • jabber - Friday, November 03, 2017 - link

    Why do you think we had all that spare paper? ;-) Reply

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