Asus Eee Top ET2203T review

23 Sep 2009

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

Price when reviewed 
808
5

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £703
Price inc VAT £808
Overall rating 5
Performance 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 500
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size 21.6in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU nominal frequency 2.20GHz
Processor socket Socket P

Motherboard

Motherboard Asus
Motherboard chipset Intel PM45
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 0
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR2
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 2

Graphics card

Graphics card N/A
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset ATi Radeon HD 4570
Graphics card RAM 256MB
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Seagate ST9500325AS
Capacity 500GB
Hard disk usable capacity 466GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Cache size 8MB
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 drive LG
Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Monitor make and model Asus
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 1
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speakers Asus
Speaker type Stereo
Peripherals Cordless keyboard and mouse

Case

Chassis N/A
Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 548 x 48 x 450mm (WDH)

Power supply

Power supply Asus

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 1
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 2

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Asus

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Revovery partition

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 38W
Peak power consumption 73W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 1.03
Office application benchmark score 1.00
2D graphics application benchmark score 1.23
Encoding application benchmark score 0.95
Multitasking application benchmark score 0.94
3D performance (crysis) low settings 45fps
3D performance setting Low