Asus Eee Top ET2203T review

Asus' latest all-in-one combines a high-definition 21.6in touchscreen with Blu-ray and some serious entertainment credentials

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If technology kept pace with the future depicted by Hollywood's screenwriters, we'd have long ago wielded the power to control a PC with the flick of the wrist and a flourish of a hand. But, with the arrival of Windows 7, touch control is finally beginning to come of age. The latest all-in-one to hit the Labs - the Asus ET2203T - takes a step towards the future thanks to Microsoft's latest OS, and aims to blend high-definition entertainment with touch-friendly ease of use.

If your only experience of the Asus Eee Top range is the budget-priced, Atom-powered ET1602, then the first sight of the ET2203T is likely to surprise. The glare of the ET1602's glossy white case is supplanted by an altogether more demure look: glossy black surrounds the screen and this is complemented by an understated silver trim. If you're envisaging giving the Asus pride of place in your home, this is one machine that could be easily mistaken for a compact, stylish TV.

The real attraction, however, is the 21.6in touchscreen. Where most of the excitement about Windows 7 stems from its multi-touch support, Asus keeps cost down by opting for a single-touch display. Even before you lay a single finger upon it, however, it grabs the attention. The Full HD panel is bright and contrast is rather good - especially for a touchscreen.

Asus Eee Top ET2203T

The only serious issue is that the glossy panel and, we presume, the touchscreen layer itself, causes an almighty amount of glare. It's something that is no doubt compounded by the strip lights in the PC Pro labs, but we spent as much time admiring our own faces as we did the high-definition splendour of Wall-E on Blu-ray.

Get to grips with the ET2203T, though, and it's enough to win over the most PC-phobic of users. Where Windows Vista's touch embellishments often left you switching back to the keyboard and mouse, Windows 7 makes it possible to do far more. The Asus' panel might only be single-touch capable, but browsing the web with it is easy. Windows 7's on-screen keyboard makes light work of text entry and short emails, and navigating the OS is impressively rapid and responsive.

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Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity500
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen size21.6in

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core 2 Duo
CPU nominal frequency2.20GHz
Processor socketSocket P

Motherboard

MotherboardAsus
Motherboard chipsetIntel PM45
Conventional PCI slots free0
Conventional PCI slots total0
PCI-E x16 slots free0
PCI-E x16 slots total0
PCI-E x8 slots free0
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots free0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots free0
PCI-E x1 slots total0
Internal SATA connectors0
Internal SAS connectors0
Internal PATA connectors0
Internal floppy connectors0
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR2
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total2

Graphics card

Graphics cardN/A
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetATi Radeon HD 4570
Graphics card RAM256MB
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard diskSeagate ST9500325AS
Capacity500GB
Hard disk usable capacity466GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Cache size8MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A

Drives

Optical driveLG
Optical disc technologyBlu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A

Monitor

Monitor make and modelAsus
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,080
Resolution1920 x 1080
DVI inputs0
HDMI inputs1
VGA inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

SpeakersAsus
Speaker typeStereo
PeripheralsCordless keyboard and mouse

Case

ChassisN/A
Case formatAll-in-one
Dimensions548 x 48 x 450mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supplyAsus

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)6
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks2

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readeryes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardAsus

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRevovery partition

Noise and power

Idle power consumption38W
Peak power consumption73W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score1.03
Office application benchmark score1.00
2D graphics application benchmark score1.23
Encoding application benchmark score0.95
Multitasking application benchmark score0.94
3D performance (crysis) low settings45fps
3D performance settingLow

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