Meet the Asus V241, an all-in-one (AIO) PC that features the latest 11th gen Intel Core processor. We don’t get AIO PCs often, so it was a nice breath of fresh air to be reviewing this unit. Without having the chunkiness of a desktop processing unit, the entire PC is packaged right into the display itself. This makes it a space-saver on your table top, great for minimalist setups.
Asus V241 AIO PC – Specifications
|OS||Windows 10 Home|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1135G7 (Quad-Core)|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce MX330|
|Display||23.8-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080)|
16:9 Aspect Ratio, IPS-level Panel
Anti-glare display, LED Backlit
250nits, sRGB: 100% Coverage
Screen-to-body ratio 88%
|Memory||8GB DDR4 SO-DIMM|
|Storage||512GB M.2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD|
1x Kensington lock
1x 3.5mm combo audio jack
1x USB 2.0 Type-A
1x RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
1x HDMI in 1.4
1x HDMI out 1.4
4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
|Camera||720p HD Camera|
|Audio||Built-in Microphone and Speaker|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac) + BT5.0 (Dual band)|
2*2 – Gigabit WiFi
|Power Supply||ø5.5, 90W AC Adapter|
Output: 19V DC, 4.74A, 90W
Input: 100~240V AC 50/60Hz universal
ASUS Business Manager
Office Home and Student 2019 included
|MyASUS Features||System diagnosis|
Link to MyASUS
|In The Box||Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo|
What’s In The Package?
- Asus V241 AIO PC
- Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo
- 90W Charging Adapter
The Asus V241 features a minimalist design, from the chassis, monitor stand, down to the keyboard and mouse. It has an overall chic, aluminium finish that gives it that premium feel.
The PC components are all fitted right onto the back of the display, and that’s also where the connectivity ports are placed. There’s four USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, one HDMI-in port, one HDMI-out port, an RJ45 Ethernet port, as well as the AC port for power.
These I/O ports are all positioned slightly above the monitor stand, and that’s good because all cables can be hidden behind the stand. If you take a look at the bottom of the monitor, there’s the 3.5mm audio jack, and an additional USB Type-A port. For devices that are more permanently connected to the PC, they can be plugged in to the back, while temporary devices like earphones/headphones, external SSDs or thumb drives can be plugged to the bottom of the monitor for quicker access.
On the front, embedded within the mesh grille aesthetic is the HD webcam and dual microphone system. The webcam does not support Windows Hello, so you cannot login with facial recognition. As for the microphone, it does work with Cortana, so you can do voice commands directly with the PC. There’s also a small notification LED on the right edge to tell you the status of the PC.
When it comes to the display, the Asus V241 has a 24-inch FHD IPS panel, complete with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The display does show bright and vivid visuals, and it has a matte finish so it doesn’t reflect light easily which is great. That being said, it only has a 60Hz refresh rate, which by today’s standards is a little old. I would’ve preferred if the monitor had a 120Hz refresh rate, that would’ve made the entire experience more visually appealing.
That’s the thing about AIO PCs, right? It’s hard to find the right package because you’re basically stuck with the choices brands give you. If you’re happy with the PC components, the monitor may not be up to your expectation. If the monitor is right up your alley, the internal hardware may not be upgradable to your preferred specs.
In the Asus V241’s case, I’m pretty happy with Asus’s offering of the 11th gen Intel and Nvidia GeForce MX330 combo. However, the monitor’s refresh rate is the only let down. 60Hz is sufficient day-to-day tasks like email checking, web browsing, and assignments, but having a 120Hz refresh rate would elevate the overall user experience even further.
What’s amazing with the Asus V241 is that it also includes a HDMI-In port. What this means is that you can use the PC’s monitor as an external monitor for any of your other devices – including laptops, consoles, camera, and more. Apart from using the PC as is, you can also connect say, a PS5 to the monitor. Just switch it to monitor mode with the easy access button on the bottom of the screen, and you can instantly switch between screens.
Lastly, I’m not sure if it’s my eyes or a visual illusion, the monitor seems to have a fish-eye effect. When I first unboxed it, I felt like the center section of the monitor was bulging out. I even looked at it at every angle to check if it was right, because the monitor wasn’t marketed as a curved monitor.
I took a simple ruler and ran it across the screen, and it did show a bit of backward curvature on the sides. I’m not sure if this a defect, or it’s how the product was designed. I had a hard time working on the PC because it didn’t look straight to me each time I looked up at the monitor.
Keyboard And Mouse
The Asus V241 does come with a wireless keyboard and mouse combo, which uses a single wireless adapter to connect both devices, thus saving you space on the I/O ports at the back. Power wise, the keyboard uses two AAA batteries, while the mouse uses a single AA battery. There are no power off buttons/switches on both devices, so they’re basically always-on. Hence, you might want to invest in rechargeable batteries.
The full-sized 108 key wireless keyboard has a pleasant typing experience with the keys well isolated, and the keys giving good tactile feedback. The top surface of each key provides a good grip, which reduces mistypes and accidental typos. However, there aren’t many dedicated keys on the function row, some of the keys missing (that would’ve been nice) include – play/pause, next/previous track, email, browser, calculator, and maybe a quick shortcut key to the MyASUS software. Typing angle is fixed, with the battery segment lifting the keyboard at about a 5-degree angle.
As for the mouse, personally I’m not a fan of the design. I’m a claw grip user, and the mouse is just a little too low profile for my liking. It does track well, even on reflective surfaces, and it is has a nice quiet click to it. That being said, there is no way to adjust the DPI settings, so you’re pretty much stuck with the default DPI settings. The only way to remedy this is to go into Mouse Settings on Windows, and adjust the cursor speed.
The Asus V241 has a rather large power button that is located on the back of the monitor, on the far right end. It’s so big, it’s very hard not to tap on it. The button even has a smooth brushed aluminium texture, to allow you to differentiate it from the rest of the PC chassis.
The display does only support up and down tilting, but the adjustment angles do suffice for everyday use. Even if you were to work or take a video call standing up, you can easily adjust it to your angle.
The Asus V241 is extremely easy to setup. Once you’ve taken it out of the box, all you need to do is plug in the charging adapter and the wireless adapter for the keyboard and mouse, and you’re done. Turn on the PC, and you’re off to setting up Windows for the first time.
Software (MyASUS + Business Manager)
As with all other Asus laptops or desktops, the Asus V241 also comes with the MyASUS and Business Manager software. First up, the MyASUS software allows you to quickly check your PC’s health status, check for driver/firmware updates, adjust display, fan, performance settings, and more. There’s even the Link to ASUS feature which allows you to connect your smartphone to your PC so you can use and access your smartphone directly on the PC itself.
As for the Business Manager suite, it allows you to control encryption settings for USB devices (storage) that are connected to the PC. This prevents data theft, and deters unwanted intruders on your PC. For me, I have no need for such features but I’m sure those in the corporate industry would appreciate having it.
The Asus V241 comes packed with a 1MP webcam that supports 720p video at 30 fps. It can also take 0.9MP photos with a 1280 x 720p resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio (fullscreen). For video calls, it’s actually pretty decent with the backlighting compensation, captures good details too. It even has a digital video stabilization.
My only complaint is because the webcam is placed below the monitor, it might reveal your (okay, my) double chin. There’s also a notification LED right beside the webcam to show you when the webcam is in use. There isn’t any physical webcam shutter, so if you’re worried about privacy, you might want to prepare some tape/stickers.
Also, as mentioned above, it would’ve been nice if the webcam supported Windows Hello to allow for facial recognition unlock.
Performance wise, I have no complaints with the Asus V241. Running on an 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor paired with 8GB of RAM, it has a decent spec sheet with the latest Intel has to offer. Graphics wise, there’s also a dedicated GeForce MX330.
Since this is a home/business PC, it isn’t meant for gaming so not a lot is expected of it. It handles day-to-day tasks well, including web browsing, music listening, watching movies, and the occasional light photo editing.
You can game on it, but don’t expect to play high/ultra settings on AAA game titles. I’ve tried Dota 2 on the Asus V241, and it plays fine on high settings. On Genshin Impact, it can handle the game smoothly on high settings as well.
Here are some of the benchmark tests we ran on the Asus V241 with 3DMark and PCMark 10:
The audio department is what surprised me most with the Asus V241. The dual 3W speaker system is placed on the bottom, which are downward-firing bass-reflex speakers. With SonicMaster Audio, it provides great volume and clarity, with very punchy vocals, and decent bass. Even at 100% volume, no distortion could be heard, and the bass is still thumping away nicely. It can fill the entire room with your lo-fi beats, acoustics, cafe jazz music, or even EDM tracks.
The digital array microphones work well, with my voice being clearly heard on the receiving end. And the speakers do a great job in letting me hear the other person on the call. The microphone also cleverly detects voice coming from its own speakers, and does not induce any unwanted sharp echos.
The Asus V241 is a decent AIO PC that would last you for years to come. It is great for any home, small office home office setups. All necessary features are compacted into one single premium package, and every box comes with everything you need to get started right away. Simple steps, and you’re ready to get on with your tasks.
For RM3,299, I’d say it’s a good price seeing how custom PCs already cost about RM3,500 – RM4,000+, and that’s not including a monitor, or peripherals like keyboard and mouse. If you don’t need the extra graphics power, there’s the slightly cheaper model without the GeForce MX330 GPU. There’s also a lower-end variant running on 11th gen Intel Core i3 with an Intel integrated GPU.
For added peace of mind, Asus AIO PCs also come withtwo-years on-site warranty so whenever you encounter any hiccups, you’re bound to get the right, immediate technical support you need.