Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT review

£609
Price when reviewed

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.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 500
RAM capacity 2.00GB
Screen size 20.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Atom
CPU nominal frequency 1.66GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A
Processor socket micro-FCBGA8 559

Motherboard

Motherboard chipset Nvidia ION
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 2
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR2
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 2

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce 9400M
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset Nvidia ION
Graphics card RAM 512MB
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Capacity 500GB
Hard disk usable capacity 465GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 16MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal 1,600
Resolution screen vertical 900
Resolution 1600 x 900
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 1
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speaker type Stereo
Sound card Realtek HD Audio

Case

Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 496 x 54 x 374mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 4

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Asus wired keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Software supplied Asus Eee Dock

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 38W
Peak power consumption 52W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 0.40
Office application benchmark score 0.36
2D graphics application benchmark score 0.48
Encoding application benchmark score 0.33
Multitasking application benchmark score 0.44
3D performance (crysis) low settings 21fps
3D performance setting Low

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