Summary: The Asus Essentio CM6780 is a solid computer. The extra RAM is useful, the storage capacity is substantial, and it has all of the core components that are necessary in a good desktop. The support offerings are very helpful. The Asus Essentio CM6780 is a good choice for a home computer.
Pros: This computer comes with 16GB of RAM, which is the highest amount we've seen.
Cons: The Asus Essentio CM6870 does not come with Windows 8.
Conclusion: As a family PC or an entertainment system with some serious productivity prowess and impressive upgrade potential, it's a great choice at its $999 price. That said, we're sure to see plenty of other systems soon with similar new Intel processors. Expect stiff competition on the market imminently, but know that this PC is a solid value by any measure, circa spring 2012.
Pros: Fast productivity performance, thanks to new Ivy Bridge processor, Large 2TB hard drive, Great expansion options
Cons: Gaming performance could be better for a system in this price range, Internal fans are noticeably noisy during bootup