Asus EeeTop ET2203T – All In One PC - Asus EeeTop ET2203T

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers
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Asus EeeTop ET2203T – All In One PC

Summary

Our Score

8/10

Review Price £811.90

The ET2203T’s good looks and sleek profile are matched by the included Eee wireless mouse and keyboard combo. Both devices sync easily with the Eee Top main unit and run on twin AAA batteries, meaning you can use rechargeable ones. The small, ambidextrous mouse is reasonably comfortable, with a defined click to its buttons and a soft-touch two-way scroll wheel offering notched feedback.

Reminiscent of the wireless model you get with the iMac, the low-profile isolation-style keyboard is attractive and tiny. Like its Apple equivalent it’s missing a number pad, which is sure to divide opinion. Its shallow matt keys contrast nicely with their glossy surround, layout is spot on and feedback is okay, though not up to the standards of a ‘normal’ desktop keyboard, and we wouldn’t recommend it for extended typing sessions. It’s a question of style over substance, but then that’s the case with the Eee Top overall and indeed with most AIO PCs.

The keyboard’s base houses a stylus in an innovative spring-loaded compartment, which lets you pop it out at the touch of a finger. This glossy black stylus can be used to write or draw on the PC’s 21.6in resistive touch screen, and though it’s not sculpted for comfort it’s pleasant enough to use. When our sample arrived the screen wasn’t properly calibrated to the stylus, but a quick session with the simple Touch Panel Tool software corrected this.

While we’re on the topic of the screen, it’s one of the more impressive efforts we’ve seen on a sub-£1000 AIO. Though obviously not in the same playing field as the 27in iMac’s beautiful LED-backlit, 2,560 x 1,440 resolution affair, Asus’ experience in the monitor field is clearly paying off here. The ET2203T’s 1,920 x 1,080 resolution is perfect for Full HD entertainment and gives you oodles of desktop real estate.

As mentioned before the display’s settings are adjustable, but unusually it’s configured (almost) ideally out of the box so you don’t have to change it from its defaults. Unfortunately the glossy layer over the top does throw up a lot of distracting reflections, but once you get past these there’s plenty to enjoy. Contrast is impressive for a TN-type panel, meaning you’ll actually get to see most of the detail in both light and dark parts of images.

Viewing angles are also above par and there’s no sign of backlight bleed, with backlighting being very even overall. Sharpness is likewise good so even the smallest fonts are clear. In fact our only real complaint with this screen is some banding across dark gradations, a problem that will rarely be a significant distraction.

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skydyer

December 17, 2009, 6:30 am

Seems the price is increasing?? No bluetooth shame but seems a bit more fun for a desktop replacement


Multi touch. so which compatible machines have it anyway? If anyone finds a good price over the holidays please share.


Skydyer

mark

December 17, 2009, 1:50 pm

I wonder if touch screen desktops are the way more firms will go. I am interested because of the distance I sit from my screen, & wonder how close most people sit & therefore how usefull it might be.


I can stretch my arms out straight in front of me now, & my fingertips are still about 4 inches short of touching the screen. To use touchscreen would change the whole way I sit & use a computer. I might also need a different pair of glasses!

jingyeow

December 17, 2009, 3:37 pm

They are the way to go. Look up the HP touchsmart 600. HP envisages them as counter top computers. E.g. have one in the kitchen to access the internet for recipes which can then be saved an read aloud to you through touch screen interface, of which HP are leaders in when it comes to desktops. Please review the Touchsmart 600 TR.

MrGodfrey

December 17, 2009, 4:14 pm

darkspark: So I assume these kitchen computers will be splashproof, greaseproof and steamproof? To be honest, it's not that hard for me to simply look up a recipe on the laptop; to have a permanent computer in the kitchen for that purpose seems a bit of a luxury - fine for those who want and can afford it, but it doesn't mean it's the future of desktop computing

treris

December 17, 2009, 6:34 pm

I must admit that I can see myself using something like this. It's nice and clutterfree, without it being too small or unergonomical. Touchscreen seems to me like a superfluous extra at the moment, but that might change in the coming years, you never know.





A couple of years back I wouldn't have expected touchsreens to be important for cell phones either........

TechVegan

December 17, 2009, 7:35 pm

I agree with Treris. On any machine where you can't position the screen flat/horizontally, touch is little more than a nice extra - except perhaps in darkspark88's kitchen scenario, but as MrGodfrey says that's rather a luxury.

JDunn

December 17, 2009, 9:32 pm

So you've spent £700 quid on a not very powerful PC....what happens if the hard disk crashes or you want to upgrade it? Er, fiddling around this baby's insides is going to be fun.

Pbryanw

December 17, 2009, 11:21 pm

@JDunn - To be fair, Laptops have the same problem and plenty of people buy them. Not to mention iMacs (and other all-in-ones) too.





I think the people who buy one of these won't be thinking of upgrading, and hopefully the warranty is good enough, that if a hard disk crashes, you can just return it to get repaired.

Jayboy

December 21, 2009, 7:43 pm

Id rather pay the extra and get an iMac although i with Apple would include Blu-ray on them

TechVegan

February 23, 2010, 5:41 pm

@JDunn:


I completely agree and would personally never get an all-in-one for this reason. Plenty of people prefer the looks and ease of use an AIO brings though.





@Pbryanw:


Good point, but at least laptops have a practical reason for being like that. Beyond the two I mentioned above, AIOs on the other hand just don't justify it - for me.

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