Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT review

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Nvidia’s Ion chipset, which paired its own graphics chip with Intel’s Atom processor, was meant to usher in a new breed of entertainment netbooks, but it didn’t quite have the expected impact. After a return to the drawing board, Nvidia is back with the “next generation” Ion, inside the Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT all-in-one PC.

The new chipset is still branded Nvidia Ion, but it’s seen extensive changes under the hood, with the GT218 core replacing the GeForce 9400M of old. Built using a 40nm manufacturing process, GT218 promises greater power efficiency for the same gain in graphical power, and now boasts dedicated memory. In this case, the GT218 is supplemented by 512MB of RAM.

Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT

Real-world benefits, alas, were minimal. The original Ion averaged 16fps in our Low quality Crysis test; this new version scored 21fps. It’s a slightly better result, but it still isn’t enough for any serious current-generation gaming. Media playback is the key, though, and here it performed better. The Asus motored through our 720p clips flawlessly, although for the highest quality YouTube and iPlayer videos you’ll need to wait for a driver update when Flash 10.1 is officially released. It fared less well with 1080p content, but since the 1,600 x 900 screen can’t handle that resolution anyway, it’s a moot point.

The Ion chipset is partnered with Intel’s 1.66GHz Atom D510 processor and, despite its two cores, it returned a benchmark score of just 0.4. That isn’t significantly quicker than previous generations of desktop Atoms, and restricts the Asus to basic tasks, albeit slightly more capable of multitasking smoothly. Compared to the cheaper Dell Inspiron One 19 Touch, it’s way behind – despite an ageing Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 CPU, the Dell scored 1.19.


Warranty1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity500
RAM capacity2.00GB
Screen size20.0in


CPU familyIntel Atom
CPU nominal frequency1.66GHz
CPU overclocked frequencyN/A
Processor socketmicro-FCBGA8 559


Motherboard chipsetNvidia ION
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 connectors2
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec


Memory typeDDR2
Memory sockets free0
Memory sockets total2

Graphics card

Graphics cardNvidia GeForce 9400M
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingLow
Graphics chipsetNvidia ION
Graphics card RAM512MB
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Hard disk usable capacity465GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size16MB
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


Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A


Resolution screen horizontal1,600
Resolution screen vertical900
Resolution1600 x 900
DVI inputs0
HDMI inputs1
VGA inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

Speaker typeStereo
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio


Case formatAll-in-one
Dimensions496 x 54 x 374mm (WDH)

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 ports0
3.5mm audio jacks4

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readeryes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardAsus wired keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Software suppliedAsus Eee Dock

Noise and power

Idle power consumption38W
Peak power consumption52W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score0.40
Office application benchmark score0.36
2D graphics application benchmark score0.48
Encoding application benchmark score0.33
Multitasking application benchmark score0.44
3D performance (crysis) low settings21fps
3D performance settingLow

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