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).