Asus EeeTop ET2010PNT review

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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.


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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