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Asus Eee Top ET1602 review

Kat Orphanides
13 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
440
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1.000000 RAM, 15.6in 1,366x768 display, Windows XP Home Edition

As the only all-in-one touch-screen PC here, Asus's Eee Top isn't easy to compare with most of the other systems here, but it's still a great PC. Like the Eee Box, it has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and runs Windows XP Home edition.

Although XP lacks Vista's graphical bells and whistles, it's a solid, stable and well-proven operating system that's perfectly suited to the Eee's low-power processor. You can also boot into the lightweight ExpressGate Splashtop Linux (which is stored on the motherboard) in a few seconds to browse the internet.

At the screen's 1,360x768 resolution, XP's interface is a little too small to use comfortably with the touch screen, but the Eee Top also comes with a standard keyboard and mouse, so you can use it as you would any normal PC. When you want the benefit of the touch screen, simply switch to Easy Mode, which provides a set of large, cheerful-looking icons for a few popular programs. Easy mode and the touch screen make a particularly rewarding combination if you're using the computer with kids or as a media player. The onboard Intel graphics are too slow for 3D games. The Realtek on-board audio sounds good through the integrated Denon speakers, and a built-in webcam adds to its family-friendly features.

The Eee Top doesn't come with any kind of optical drive, so you'll have to buy an external one if you want to play movies or install software from DVDs. However, its card slot can accept SDHC cards capable of holding up to 32GB of content, which is one way of getting applications and data on your PC. You can also access content stored elsewhere on your network over Draft-N WiFi or Gigabit Ethernet.

The Eee Top is one of the best-value touch-screen PCs available and is remarkably fun to use. It lacks an optical drive and has only a 160GB hard disk, but it's an effective media player, home PC and interactive toy. It's quite expensive at £430, though, and Novatech's Ion Home PC Bundle offers more for less.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Processor external bus133MHz (533MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx12
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Processor socketSocket 437
Level 1 cache32KB
Level 2 cache512KB
Memory1.000000
Memory typeDDR2
Maximum memory1GB
MotherboardAsus ET1602
Motherboard chipsetIntel N945 GSE
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle33W
Power consumption active38W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Caseall-in-one
PCI-E x1 slots (free)none
PCI-E x16 slots (free)none
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Seagate Momentus ST9160821AS
InterfaceSATA 150
Total storage capacity160GB
Spindle speed5,400rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsnone

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out, mic in, line in
SpeakersDenon integrated

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive type(s)N/A

Display

Viewable size15.6 in
Screen modelintegrated
Native resolution1,366x768
Screen inputsnone

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardAsus EK-C1
MouseAsus EM-C1

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore optionrestore disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£440
Supplierhttp://www.ebuyer.com
Detailshttp://uk.asus.com

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