Summary: Just as they did with the Eee PC, Asus is introducing something quite novel with the Eee Top. We don't see too many of these all-in-one computers on the Windows side of equation, especially at the sub-$500 price point that we find the Eee Top.
Pros: Easy Mode is very finger-friendly, Chicklet-style keyboard, Simple all-in-one lifestyle PC solution, Adequate performance, including ability to use Ustream, Overall nice design and build quality, Great value at around $499
Cons: Poor resolution display makes for poor video, Eee add-ons, like Eee Bar and Easy Mode, feel like bloatware, Only an Intel Atom N270, Cannot turn off blue underglow light, Keyboard lacks numeric keypad
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...
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.
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).
Summary: Synopsis: The Eee Top ET1602 builds upon Asus' popular line of Eee-branded products by introducing an all-in-one desktop form factor, complete with a 15.6" touch screen. Like the Eee PC netbooks that preceded it, the Eee Top ET1602 is built around Intel's low-power Atom platform, with the 945 GSE...
Conclusion: The ASUS Eee Top 1602 is the first truly integrated all-in-one nettop. The Eee Top may create a new category—think of it as the new Internet terminal that replaces your desktop (which is what WebTV or Audrey tried to do).
Cons: Only 1GB of RAM. Smallish mouse lacks back button. Weak 3D graphics. Can't run most of our benchmark tests. Screen is single-touch only. No Internet security software included. Watch the ASUS Eee Top 1602!
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.