My memory of those years is a bit foggy, you know, what with elementary school activities and all, but my search of early Mac history doesn’t reveal too many Classic Mac copycats. That’s not the case today, of course. Apple’s Mac owns about half the PC industry’s profits, and increasingly everything that runs Windows looks like a Mac. Including this one.
But It’s Better
I learned of the Asus all-in-one Zen AiO Pro Pro Z240IC from Jack Schofield who described it as like an iMac, but better. All-in-one PCs haven’t sold like Apple’s iMac has since 1998, but not without trying. Usually, by the time PC manufacturers have loaded up the iMac clone with similar specifications, the price becomes somewhat daunting to PC customers who prefer their Windows devices to be priced no more than $499.
Somehow Zen AiO Pro Pro Z240IC doesn’t roll off the tongue as quickly as iMac, so we may have to wait awhile to see if a Windows PC knock off can knock off the iMac from its profitable perch in the industry.
What you get looks familiar.
The Zen AiO Pro Pro Z240IC (I call it ZAPP for short) comes with impressive hardware and perhaps that’s why it’s called ‘like an iMac, but better.’
Start with 16GB of RAM (up to 32GB), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 4GB of video memory makes it faster than a fast iMac. The new generation PCIe SSD storage makes it faster than previous versions (SSDs are extra cost in an iMac).
It even looks similar to an iMac from behind, what with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, plus a new USB Type-C port and HDMI.
Did I mention the touchscreen. Orthopedic surgeons and pharmaceutical makers specializing in anti-inflammatory drugs will appreciate the touchscreen, which have proven to be oh so popular among desktop PC users.
Even the Zen AiO Pro Pro Z240IC’s display is iMac-like at 4k (3840×2160 pixels, 186ppi) with full 1980px and 4k/UHD capability. At the high end it features an Intel Inside next-gen (or, really, last generation because it’s the one shipping now) Core i7 CPU, 6 speakers, and the new Intel RealSense camera with 3D facial recognition, that, when combined with Windows new Hello feature, all you need is a face to unlock the PC.
Even better, the Zen AiO Pro Pro Z240IC comes with Windows 10 pre-installed and ready to run at about the same price as a similarly equipped 27-inch iMac with 5k display which runs OS X. And Windows 10. And various and sundry flavors of Linux and Unix.
Alright, I’m stretching it a bit. Windows manufacturers have tried for years to one up the Mac, either with expensive notebooks or desktops but to no avail. They all have one thing in common. OK, maybe two things in common. First, they run Windows. Second, they don’t sell very well. The Zen AiO Pro Pro Z240IC won’t be any different.