So, you want a Zen AiO Pro—but which one?  There are four different versions in the US, each with a unique blend of features designed to suit different tastes.  They all have the same unibody aluminum chassis, reversible Type-C USB 3.1 port, and IPS display technology.

The entry-level Z240-C1 starts at $999 and comes with a 1080p display that lacks integrated touch.  This resolution is perfect for watching Full HD movies on the 23.8” screen, especially given the wide viewing angles of the IPS panel.

With a quad-core Intel Core i5-6400T CPU and 8GB of DDR4 memory, the Z240-C1 has plenty of horsepower for work, while its discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M GPU offers much better gaming performance than integrated graphics solutions.  1TB of flash-infused hybrid storage accelerates access to the files and applications you use the most.

Prosumer Broadwell-E workstation
MotherboardASUS X99-Deluxe II - $420
Graphics cardASUS Strix GeForce GTX 980 - $500
CPUIntel Core i7-6950X - $1750
CoolingCorsair Hydro Series H110i - $110
Memory32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-2800 - $250
Solid-state storage2 x Intel 750 Series 400GB U.2 - $400
Mechanical storage2 x WD Black 6TB - $291
Power supplyCorsair RM850x - $110
CaseCorsair Obsidian Series 750D - $160
Lighting3 x 60-cm CableMod WideBeam Magnetic RGB strip - $23

Exclusive to the Microsoft Store, the Z240-C3 tweaks the formula slightly for $1099.  It trades hybrid storage for a traditional hard drive that isn’t quite as fast.  However, it also adds Intel’s RealSense camera, which supports Windows Hello facial login, real-time video effects, and motion control for games and applications.  The RealSense camera is included on all of the higher-end configs, as well.

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Higher-end models of the Zen AiO feature Intel’s RealSense technology

The Zen AiO Pro models sold through the Microsoft Store are Signature Edition variants equipped with a pure Windows 10 installation.  You can download the apps that usually come with the Zen AiO Pro from the ASUS support site.

One step up from the Z240-C3 sits another Microsoft Store exclusive, the $1499 Z240-C4. This is the most affordable path to the 4K/Ultra HD touchscreen, which quadruples the pixel density to produce much sharper, more detailed visuals.  The high-PPI screen is ideal for content creators and anyone who dabbles in photo and video editing.  It’s also sublime for entertainment, whether you’re playing games at the native resolution or watching UHD movies that completely fill the screen.

The Z240-C4 drives its upgraded display with more powerful graphics.  NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 960M pumps up the clock speeds and doubles the video memory to 2GB to help games run smoother and look better.  Intel’s Core i7-6700T kicks things up a notch in the CPU department, delivering not only higher clocks than the i5-6400T, but also the ability to act like an eight-core chip via Hyper-Threading.  These changes make the Z240-C4 more responsive with both simple tasks and more demanding workloads, while the move to a 1TB hybrid drive ensures the internal storage won’t slow you down.

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The Z240-C4 and Z240-C2 features NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 960M and Intel’s Core i7-6700T making them both fast and powerful

To take the top-of-the-line Z240-C2 to the next level, we swapped in a dual-drive storage configuration that pairs a 512GB PCI Express SSD with a 1TB hard drive.  The PCIe SSD is a beast compared to typical solid-state drives and in a whole other class compared to hybrids. With the hard drive along for the ride, you get a potent combination of blistering speed and copious capacity.

On top of the beefed up storage, the Z240-C2 has 16GB of RAM—double what’s in the other models.  The extra memory and ultra-fast SSD make this config even more capable in the hands of professionals and power users.  Asking price: $1899.

 

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