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

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Moving onto the touch implementation, as we’re dealing with resistive technology the screen’s surface gives slightly to the touch. Sensitivity is acceptable if not quite up to capacitive levels, and obviously multi-touch is not on the menu which is a pity considering Windows 7’s native multi-touch support.

Touch on the ET2203T works well enough for general Windows operation and Asus has provided a number of applications to get even more out of it, though these show nowhere near the amount of polish or coolness of HP’s implementation on its TouchSmarts. The most useful ones include a touch-optimised photo viewer and a sticky-note app, in which you can use either your finger or the stylus to jot down notes. Naturally the stylus also lends itself well to casual drawing and photo editing, though as it lacks pressure sensitivity the experience will be limited no matter what software you use.

After the relatively impressive screen it’s nice to hear that the integrated sound system matches up and then some. The 3W SRS stereo speakers pump out surprisingly rich audio at more than audible volume levels without distortion. Clear trebles are complemented by bass that packs a bit of a punch, making this one of the best-sounding AIO PCs we’ve had through the office.

Connectivity is yet another area where the EeeTop ET2203T excels. Along the right edge we have silver headphone and microphone sockets, a memory card reader and twin USB ports. Easily accessible at the machine’s rear are a further four USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and some relatively rare additions that will be greatly appreciated by many enthusiasts. First of these is an optical audio output, with which you can stream sound digitally to an external surround sound system. Even more welcome is an HDMI input with which you can connect external devices such as a games console, a feature that’s inexplicably omitted on many AIOs with great Full HD screens (we’re looking at you, HP TouchSmart IQ810).

An attractively-implemented tray-loading Blu-ray drive behind the right bezel completes the ET2203T’s credentials as something of a home cinema system. In fact, the only possible additions we might have liked to see are an inbuilt TV tuner and a remote, but to be fair you can always get these separately (though extra clutter does run counter to the whole All In One concept).

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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