Excerpt: The Asus EeeTop ET1602 is a light-weight All-in-One desktop, so light that it could also be called a portable desktop. Yup, you heard that right. So light that it comes with a handle for you to move it to any where you want, as long as there’s space to place the unit.
Summary: The Eee Top is an interesting machine. It looks like an iMac, but runs like a netbook — with a touchscreen display. I think it’s plenty powerful enough for day to day use if you spend most of your time on a computer using web browsers, editing office documents, making Skype calls, and other light weight tasks. If you need a machine that can play video games, handle high definition video, or even full screen web video playback, the Eee Top might not be for you.
Conclusion: The machine has plenty of USB ports for adding external drives and other peripherals—including a DVD drive , we suppose (there are four in the back, two on the side, and one in the keyboard). But we’d award the Eee Top ET1602 a much higher score if it had an internal DVD drive, even if it came at the expense of the integrated media card reader or if it drove the price up by $20 or $30.
Pros: Inexpensive; compact size; integrated touchscreen; can be wall mounted; very low power consumption
Summary: Thanks to its price, size, touch screen, and semiportability, the Asus Eee Top ET1602 presents a lot of usage options. Put it in the kitchen, den, or even a hallway, and it can serve as an easy information hub for your family. Just don't put it on a desk, where a desktop or a laptop will be much better suited for serious work.
Pros: Most affordable all-in-one PC on the market; semiportable and easy to set up, thanks to its small size and self-contained design; boasts a touch interface with a few useful apps.
Cons: Touch software only semiuseful; decent performance for an Atom system, but horrid compared with similarly priced laptops and desktops.
ASUS Eee Top ET1602: a glimpse of computers to come?
12 February 2009
Conclusion: As much as we've tried to enjoy ASUS' Eee Top, we found its shortcomings to be disconcerting. At a cost of £400, its typically limited performance leaves a lot to be desired, and the lure of its shiny exterior and touchscreen niceties soon begins to fade. Although appreciative of the netbook concept, it's currently suffering from one too many hindrances.
Excerpt: At first glance, ASUS' Eee Top ET1602 is the epitome of a niche product. Packing nettop-spec hardware in an all-in-one form factor, with a touchscreen and general design that seem to have stopped by HP's TouchSmart and the Apple iMac along the way, it's certainly tough to pin down. Innovative new segment or just another Eee oddity: SlashGear set to finding out.
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