The new 24-inch iMac has a bold new design that a lot of people are talking about. Asus countered with its own all-in-one computer and serves as a notable alternative. The Zen AIO has a 23.8-inch display with ultra-slim side bezels and a large chin guard that matches that of the iMac. The thin display is also based on the iMac design and removes unused space behind the screen.
However, the Zen AIO has some features that the iMac lacks. First of all, it can be configured with an optional touchscreen layer so that besides keyboard and mouse input you also have another way of interacting with your PC. For its part, Apple persistently reserves touches for mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone, so you won't find a touchscreen on any Mac device, despite the fact that the new iPad Pro is powered by the same M1 processor that resides inside the iMac redesign.
A second big difference is that Asus relies on AMD's Ryzen 7 5000 processor in conjunction with Radeon graphics to power the Zen AIO. The Ryzen 7 5700U processor with eight cores or the Ryzen 5 5500U processor with six cores in Zen should provide impressive performance. These are mobile processors, as are common in all-in-one devices, and they lack dedicated discrete graphics. So don't expect it to be a killer slot machine.
However, if the Zen shines as a slot machine, it has an additional HDMI input port that can be used as a secondary display. This means that console gamers can plug in their Nintendo Switch, Sony PlayStation 5 or Microsoft Xbox Series X and use the Zen’s 24-inch screen to play. This is a common feature in other flagship AIO computers like the Dell Inspiron 27.
However, where the iMac is in front, the display is. Despite similar designs with minimal bezels on the top and sides, the Zen is limited to 1080p resolution on an asymmetrically mounted screen, while the new iMac has a 4.5K pixel panel. Although Asus did not innovate in the speaker design, the Zen speaker is located at the bottom of the screen in a fabric-covered room. The company worked with Harmon Kardon to coordinate it, while Apple's iMac has a six-speaker array that has strong bass, precise mids and highs, and Dolby Atmos support.
To keep prices cheaper, the Zen uses a dual storage strategy in which the available capacity is split between two solid-state drives. This gives you access to fast storage on both M.2 NVMe SSDs without the expense of a single large capacity drive. Up to 512 GB M.2 drives can be configured for the Zen with a secondary 512 GB M.2 drive.
The Zen AIO is available in a single immortal white, so it's not immediately as noticeable as the iMac's bold color scheme. Prices start at $ 699.