Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT review

£609
Price when reviewed

The rest of the specification is well rounded. There’s 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 500GB hard disk and a DVD writer alongside Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11bgn wireless. The specification is packed into an attractive chassis too. The glossy black plastic and impressive fit and finish mean it won’t look out of place in trendy living rooms.

Asus has given the new EeeTop an impressive screen too: at 20in across and with a native resolution of 1,600 x 900 it’s larger than the Dell’s panel, and proved just as accurate and responsive as the Inspiron during our touchscreen tests. We also noticed that the mottled finish across the strengthened screen wasn’t as prominent here as it is on rival touch machines.

Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT

It’s just a shame Asus hasn’t furnished its system with much software. A discreet dock at the top of the screen gives way to basic note-taking software and other applications already included with Windows 7, but there’s little to compare to Dell’s impressive radial interface. The Intel Atom processor doesn’t help either; applications took an age to load, and with more than one open we found the OS became sluggish.

The picture itself also isn’t without issues. While detail is sharp enough and backlight bleed is avoided, the panel isn’t bright enough. As a result, accurate colours still end up looking dull and lifeless. The screen is glossy, too, which proved irritating during darker scenes in our test clips and 3D benchmarks.

Finally, the speakers do little to endear themselves to media fans. There’s little bass, treble is merely average, and they’re not loud at all. At top volume we struggled to hear quiet moments of dialogue from a couple of feet away.
The final nail in the EeeTop’s coffin is its price. At £518 exc VAT it’s £51 more expensive than the more conventional Dell, but offers few benefits aside from Nvidia Ion’s marginally improved graphical performance. The Inspiron, with its brighter screen and stronger specification, is still a better bet if you’re searching for a budget touchscreen PC.

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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