After the resounding success of its Eee PC netbook range, the latest of which is represented by the sleek Seashell models, Asus extended the Eee name across a range of products. While the company has netbooks down to a fine art at this stage though, its first attempt at an Eee All In One (AIO) desktop PC – the imaginatively-named Eee Top All In One PC - left us impressed compared to rivals at the time but still wanting more. Well, Asus has delivered big-time with its new EeeTop ET2203T, including highlights such as a far more attractive black-on-silver design, Full HD touch screen and Blu-ray drive.
In fact its relatively high-end specifications puts the ET2203T into a whole different league to the Atom-based original Eee Top, and up against the likes of HP’s TouchSmart range. Obviously it needs the looks to match, and while it’s no iMac, this AIO does look classy. The main screen is a ‘frameless’ affair, with the display area transitioning seamlessly into its smart piano-black bezel. Unfortunately this does mean the screen features a very reflective layer, but it’s surprisingly finger-print and smudge resistant so you won’t need the included cleaning cloth too often.
At the machine’s top you get a discreetly-framed one-megapixel webcam, while the bottom left of the black bezel houses visually pleasing white-backlit touch controls. There’s volume and OSD, as well as a handy ‘home’ button that takes you to the Windows desktop plus indicators for HDD activity and wireless. The OSD is intuitive if a tad bland. Unusually for an AIO PC, you get full control over everything affecting the screen, from brightness and contrast to colour temperature and input selection.
Below the black bezel is a plastic silver speaker grille section, with a chromed strip pleasantly accenting the blue-backlit power button. The whole lot rests on the same transparent plastic outer bezel that adorned the original Eee Top, though unlike the original this model's has a grey tint to it. The back of the machine, meanwhile, is unrelieved glossy black plastic, while the tilt-adjustable slide-out stand is constructed using brushed metal. Overall, build quality is excellent with not a hint of flex or creak anywhere to be found, which is a fairly impressive achievement.