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ASUS PN60 & VA24EHE Monitor Review: Clutterless Desktop PC Combo

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With most of us locked inside the confines of our homes, computers are now considered as essential to “normalize” life. With work and study being on top of our desks inside our rooms, it is definitely a good investment to have a machine simply dedicated for productivity. Better if the said machine does not occupy a large space and looks clean without too much flare. A fitting device is the the ASUS PN60, together with its monitor buddy, the ASUS VA24EHE. Both came to us for review and we thought, “hey we could use this”. And use we did.

ASUS PN60 Review – Hardware Specifications

CPU
Intel Core i5-8130U 2.2Ghz
Memory
8GB Up to 32GB; DDR4 at 2400MHz
Storage 1TB 2.5″ HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Dimensions:
115 x 115 x 49 mm (WxDxH)
Weight: 0.7 kg

The PN60 that we had for review is powered by an Intel i3-8130U, a mobile processor. While not as powerful as its non-U counterpart, the Intel i3-8130U still boasts incredible performance while having a whopping 15W TDP power consumption (sarcasm, by the way).

As with the specs shown above, the PN60 is tiny enough to fit an adult’s hand. It is also very light, weighing only 0.7 kg with an SSD.

ASUS PN60 Review – At A Glance

ASUS PN60 Review Front 1
The front is home to the Audio Jack (input and output), a USB-C, USB 3.0, and a USB 2.0. The power button can also be found here.
PN60 Rear
The rear is home to the HDMI port, a lone USB-C, RJ-45 for wired connections, 2 USB 3.0s, and the power port

ASUS PN60 Review front

PN60 Review PN60 Left PN60 Open  ASUS PN60 Ports

The PN60 is home to a number of ports that is likely to be more than enough for your usual needs. It has 3 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, and 2 USB-C ports. For output, it only supports HDMI. For connection, it is Wi-Fi 802.11ac compatible and can also support wired connections with its sole RJ45 slot.

2-Part Configuration

ASUS PN60 Review PartsThe ASUS PN60 can easily be opened by just unscrewing 4 of its corner screws, then sliding the top off. Together with the lid is the system’s storage which you can upgrade further down the line. Once the lid is removed, you can easily access the RAM sticks (SODIMM) and the wireless network module, both of which can be upgraded.

ASUS PN60 Review Open 1Although you get a full computer with the package, it still is a good point that you can easily upgrade your system if you want. Feel that the RAM is inadequate? Buy new ones and slap them in. Storage is lacking? Get another one. The whole upgrade process is very easy and it doesn’t need that much technical know how.

ASUS VA24EHE Review – Hardware Specifications

Panel Size
Wide Screen 23.8″ (60.5c,) 16:9
Panel Type IPS
True Resolution 1920×1080
Response Time 5ms
Refresh Rate(max) 75Hz
Flicker free Yes
Low Blue Light Yes
FreeSync Supported Yes
Adaptive-Sync Supported Yes
I/O Ports
HDMI, D-Sub, DVI-D
VESA Wall Mounting 100x100mm
Frameless Design Yes

The ASUS VA24EHE is a decent 24-inch monitor that is FreeSync compatible with 75Hz of refresh rate. It may not be a gaming monitor, but it can exceed the usual standard of 60Hz. Plus, you get ASUS features such as bluelight filters, Quick Fit, and Game Plus.

ASUS VA24EHE – At A Glance

75Hz 23-inch Monitor

There’s not much to say about the ASUS VA24EHE. It’s already an excellent monitor on its own. Complete and without any fuss. It’s almost bordlerless and has a 75Hz refresh rate. In general, this is a pretty solid unit.

Also, setting this thing up is basically just slotting in the base, the neck, and the screen part. Incredibly easy to assemble. Perfect with the ASUS PN60.

ASUS PN60 Review – Performance & Benchmarks

Cinebench (Release 20)

Benchmark Score: 752

Cinebench leverages the same powerful 3D engine found in the award-winning animation software Cinema 4D Release 20 to accurately evaluate CPU rendering performance capabilities across various systems and platforms.

Novabench

Novabench is a free benchmark tool that allows you to see your computer’s overall performance. Its tests CPU, GPU, RAM, and Storage speeds, and gives you an aggregate score that you can use for comparison with other similar setups.

Passmark

PassMark measures CPU, 2D & 3D GPU, Memory, and Disk speeds. Similar to Novabench, it gives you an aggregate score, giving you an idea on how your PC performs and how it ranks when compared to other computers around the world.

Not Record-Breaking

The ASUS PN60 won’t break any records, that is definitely a given. But it is more than enough for usual tasks like internet browsing, typing, and online meetings.

What About Gaming?

Given its specifications, I did not try playing on the ASUS PN60. The only thing close to a game that I ran on it was the Nox Android emulator. I played a couple of mobile games on it and while it did run, it wasn’t particularly mind-blowingingly smooth. While playing, I also experienced a couple of hiccups that weren’t game breaking but are otherwise noticeable.

ASUS PN60 & VA24EHE Review – Conclusion & Verdict

ASUS PN60 Review- (Almost) Complete Desktop

ASUS PN60 Review AwardThe ASUS PN60 is a small work machine that is more than enough to cater to your work/study from home needs. It sports a decent processor partnered with ample memory for productivity. It is small, can easily be carried around, and can be hidden well enough for a clean-looking desk.

In terms of future-proofing, it can be easily upgraded to suit your needs should you wish for more performance in the long run. You only need to unscrew 4 screws, slide it out, then you’re good to go to upgrade it. However, note that the small form factor does limit what you can do compared to bigger systems.

In short, the ASUS PN60 is a very compact computer that’s upgradeable and mobile.

And The VA24EHE?

ASUS VA24EHE AwardFor the ASUS VA24EHE, there’s nothing but praises to be heaped. It’s surprising how far we’ve come to have 75Hz, almost borderless monitors to be the norm. If you’re looking for some affordable monitor that’s easy to assemble, has a couple of good features, and can also be used in some light gaming, then the ASUS VA24EHE is something to consider.

The ASUS PN60 and the ASUS VA24EHE are a match made in heaven. Both can give you what you need in terms of productivity.

ASUS PN60 & ASUS VA24EHE – Pricing & Availability

ASUS monitor promo
Another ASUS promo bundling both an ASUS PB60 and a VA24EHE Monitors.

Fortunately, ASUS is currently offering a packaged deal for both. You can get the ASUS PN60 and the ASUS VA24EHE monitor for PHP 33,400.00 (4GB RAM) or PHP 39,330 (8GB RAM) . For the full list, you can check them out here.

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Jose Felongcohttp://www.hungrygeeks.ph
Player of video games since the tender age of 3. Still wonders why his dad allowed him to play Doom during those times. Currently working for a gaming company and spends time painting Warhammer 40k minis to relax.
The ASUS PN60 is a well-designed compact desktop unit. It is incredibly light, very upgradeable, wireless, and easy to setup. It can stand as a main workstation for light tasks such as writing, browsing, and online meetings. ASUS PN60 & VA24EHE Monitor Review: Clutterless Desktop PC Combo