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...
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).
Pros: Inexpensive; compact size; integrated touchscreen; can be wall mounted; very low power consumption
Excerpt: All-in-one computers are yesteryear’s gas guzzling SUVs. Sure, they’re stylish and full-featured. But they’re also ridiculously extravagant for everyday tasks. So, it was no surprise that the budget-minded maestros at Asus released the sensibly appointed Eee Top (or ET1602).
Pros: Finally, an all-in-one for the Top Ramen set. Quick and responsive touch interface. Sports 1/8-inch audio jacks for surround speakers. Compact design has integrated storage for both keyboard and stylus. Integrated 802.11n and gigabit ethernet ensure throughput thrashings. Has an one-touch shutoff...
Cons: Underpowered for heavy web video. A wired keyboard and mouse — on an all-in-one? Heats up after extended poke and prod sessions. Anemic 160-GB hard drive. Even a cheapy, noisy optical drive would’ve been nice. No battery means no mobile computing.
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.
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.
Excerpt: Eee Top ET1602 – LCD TouchScreen PC with 1.3M pixel Web camera from AsusTeK Even though Asus has been the back provider in manufacturing of computers for Sony and Apple for a period of time; this has not made the company lack in the making of a competitive cheap desktop PC.
Summary: The touch screen–equipped Eee Top ET1602 definitely garnered a lot of attention in our test centre; but then again, most touch screens do. It's a funky little unit for basic tasks and is suitable for kids and anyone who just wants a simple PC for getting online or creating a few documents.
Pros: Touch screen, six USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n wireless networking
Cons: Looks a little tacky, reflective screen, keyboard and mouse are small and uncomfortable, audio jacks not located on the front or side