To me, all-in-ones are a bit of an underrated category of devices. We are accustomed to the fact that these are unremarkable office machines equipped with the appropriate hardware. And then there’s the iMac, but it’s a slightly different story. Over the past couple of years, I have been able to test several models of all-in-ones from ASUS (ZN242IF, Z272SD), which left pleasant impressions about themselves. It was all the more interesting to look at one of the representatives of the company’s current line, which turned out to be the AiO M241D model. The all-in-one has been my main work tool for the past month, and I’m ready to share my impressions of it.

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Other ASUS models

ASUS has several lines of monoblocks in the assortment. The basic ones are the All-in-One series (M index) and Vivo All-in-One (V index), and there is also a premium Zen All-in-One (Z index). Model M241D can be attributed to its initial segment of monoblocks because its cost starts from $530. For that money, you get an AMD Athlon Silver 3050U processor with integrated Radeon Vega 2 graphics, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The upper price level is at $1000. When you buy the top version, you get a configuration similar to the test device (Ryzen 7 3700U with integrated Vega 10 graphics, 16GB of RAM, touchscreen display, 512GB SSD, and 1TB HDD).

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ASUS AiO M241D Review: Overall

As you can see, the specs are not that impressive, but everything works pretty well in practice. The device will cover 95% of ordinary office work (which is the main purpose of this candy bar), which implies Office applications, a browser, instant messengers, and video call applications. In my case, this scenario was supplemented by the use of Photoshop and testing the device in games. And in general, I cannot say that I wanted to replace the M241D with something more powerful quickly. There were no questions with a couple of dozen tabs in Chrome and office applications; working with simple Photoshop projects is also quite comfortable.

With games, the situation is expected – the built-in graphics do not allow you to count on something serious. You can play Star Wars Battlefront II at minimum salaries, but the number of fps (20 on average) will not please you much. In Dirt Rally, at shallow settings, it produces quite playable 35-40 fps. In Dota 2, you can even achieve 90 fps at the lowest settings, but it is pleasant to look at. At medium settings, it produces about 30 fps.

ASUS AiO M241D Review: Design

In the meantime, let’s continue on the advantages of ASUS AiO M241D. To these, I can write down the design of the device. The candy bar looks neat and stylish, the thin bezels around the display pleased. The body is plastic, but the leg of an unusual shape is made of metal. The latter allows you to change only the angle of inclination of the display. Unfortunately, you cannot change the screen’s height, and you can only rotate it together with the base.

Another plus of the M241D, I think, is the easy upgradeability. By unscrewing the four screws at the bottom and gently disconnecting a pair of connectors, you gain access to the motherboard and various components. The easiest way to replace the HDD is to unscrew the screws that hold it and remove it from the SATA connector. I did not look under the metal cover covering the motherboard, but judging by disassembly of the related model AiO V241 on iFixit, replacing the SSD and RAM is also easy.

ASUS AiO M241D Review: Features

Most of the ports are located on the back of the candy bar. Four USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, HDMI-in (you can use the device as a monitor), HDMI-out, RJ45, and a power connector are available to the user. Another USB-A 2.0 is located on the bottom right side. Next to it is a 3.5 mm audio combo jack. The only thing missing is USB-C, and a card reader would be useful. There are Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 modules. A 720p webcam produces an acceptable picture in good lighting conditions.

The M241D has stereo speakers that produce loud and, in theory, good sound with perceptible low frequencies. But in a particular test sample, the speakers wheezed, and the distorted sound was obtained. This is another jamb that I mentioned above. Obviously, this should not be the case in serial devices. However, in theory, replacing the speakers is not a problem. I have already spoken about the available upgrade.

ASUS AiO M241D Review: Connectivity

The M241D can be supplied with a monoblock-style mouse and keyboard. These can be both wired and wireless options. If wired, as in my case, then two of the five USB ports will be automatically occupied, and the external minimalism of the device will be violated due to protruding wires. Obviously, the developers and designers were counting on the use of wireless accessories. And USB-A 2.0 is probably meant for a USB receiver through which a mouse and keyboard are connected. As far as the bundled accessories’ quality is concerned, these are very inexpensive models that you will probably want to replace. And if I have no particular questions about the keyboard (there are even several Fn-buttons), then the mouse works well only on the rug, and its wheel squeaks disgustingly.

Conclusion: Should you buy ASUS AiO M241D?

I believe that candy bars could be much more popular devices. And besides the obvious option for use in the office, such a device is quite convenient to have at home. They look nice, take up a minimum of space (compared with desktops), and have no questions about cable management. If you need to work at home (which is very important now), then the advantage is the presence of a large display, which, if necessary, can be used as a monitor for another device. If we take specifically the ASUS AiO M241D model, then despite some drawbacks and wishes on my part, it was convenient to work with it, so if you are looking for a computer of a similar format, you can pay attention to this option.

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