Rounding out Asus’s Computex 2011 day one announcements is the ET2700, the company’s first 27 inch all-in-one PC.

The prototype had previously been on display at CeBIT, but it’s getting its final announcement at Computex. The formal press release isn’t out yet so we don’t have the full specs, but Asus has published their photos of the PC. We do know it’s advertised to have a 178 degree viewing angle, so expect an IPS panel similar to the 27” iMac.

However its defining feature will be the fact that the monitor is in fact a capacitive touchscreen, meaning the ET2700 is fully capable of utilizing Windows 7’s touch capabilities. Going with a touchscreen is a logical progression from what Apple has done with the iMac, but it’s also a bit risky since it evokes the well-known “gorilla arm” problem. So we’ll have to see what Asus has in mind to combat this.

We’ll have more information on this later today once Asus publishes the full specifications and the price.

Gallery: ASUS ET2700

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  • cactusdog - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    How is it a ripoff of Apple? Its a monitor with a black bezel and an aluminium strip. IPS isnt Apple technology either....

    BTW, i dont know why anyone would want to put dirty fingerprints all over the front of a screen like that!
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  • XiZeL - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    i think you got it wrong, asus have finally understood that apple is ripping off people with there stuff so they want a piece of the cake. :)

    pretty logical.
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  • Tjalfe - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    Everyone rips off each other in that case. All in one computers have been around from many manufactures for ages Reply
  • GotThumbs - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    FYI the touch screen feature will work great with windows media center interface on W7. It's not intended to be the only method of using the system. You'd think apple invented the PC. Thats not the case and there is nothing wrong with taking an idea and making it better. Apple makes great fashion forward looking systems, but the internals are nothing unique to what is already in the market. Keep your mac if you'd like, but don't be so close minded for everyone else. Options are always a good thing....especially with it comes to free thinkers. If your fine with apples limited options...one size fits all mentality. Fine. Its just not for everyone else. Reply
  • BlendMe - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    "but the internals are nothing unique to what is already in the market" or what will be in the market, as we've seen with the recent SNB chipsets.

    The touchscreen might work with WMC, but I just don't see why anyone would want to touch their glossy "TV" with their fingers. It's not like you can wipe it of with your sleeve like a phone when it gets too messy. I know 2 people that have similar AIO (from the first Win7 generation) with touch and they gave up on it after a week or 2. It kinda reminds me of fingerprint sensors on laptops. Everyone has them, but I don't know a single person who actually uses it. In other words, a spec list feature with no real value to the consumer.

    Commenting hakime's post seems like a waste of time and you guys pretty much took care of it, so I'll leave it at that.
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  • PubFiction - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    Well there are different systems for different people. Currently if you walk into just about any big computer retailer like best buy you are going to see 4 or more all in one windows 7 computers running touch screens. These are the computers that ASUS is really coping and they have been around for years the first being the HP touch smart. It comes in 22 and 26" models.

    So what is different about the asus? Well for 1 it uses a capacitive touch screen instead of the lazer based bezel the others tend to use. The other is the IPS screen instead of a TN panel. Now weather these things are better or worse I dont know I actually find the bezel detection to be quite nice.

    But that being said there is clearly a market for these devices with touch screens.

    Me personlly I cannot see why anyone would want a mac period. I also am one of those people who wonders why anyone would be stupid enough to buy an all in one computer at all given that you have tied you monitor to your hardware and will be screwed into keeping that hardware longer than usual or spending alot more to replace it. I also cannot see why anyone would waste money on a tablet that does nothing their phone cannot do. But there are millions of people in the world whom are not as practical as me. So clearly a market exists. If it did not exists HP would have abandoned it already.
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  • damianrobertjones - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    How many multi-touch windows computers have you used? How many systems have you tweaked? How many times have you seen a WIndows 7 touch device?

    I'd bet the answer is hardly ever or none.

    I have and, frankly, it's just fine thank you very much. (Typing this on a TM2 using the on-screen keyboard)
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  • KoolAidMan1 - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    Don't say that the tm2 is a good piece of hardware, just don't, not if you want to maintain the illusion of objectivity or credibility :) Reply
  • jrs77 - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    If you place the screen in front of you, lying somewhat flat and don't use the mouse and keyboard, but only touch and onscreen-keyboard, then the "gorilla arm" problem is basically fixed.

    Everyone who has ever used a Wacom PL-2200 knows how it works.
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  • jecs - Monday, May 30, 2011 - link

    The thing really turns me back on this all-in-one is I don't want to expend a buck on a touch screen, but the possible IPS is a welcome. Asus please offer one option without touchscreen.

    Besides this, what I would really want to know is how customizable and upgradeable this machine will be. Because if this machine will have a soldered GPU it will a big turn down for me. Remember Apple offer its products mostly to people not wanting to deal with the insides of a computer. But I think among PC oriented users there will be more people willing to upgrade, and even more if they are expending more money on a pricier monitor.
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