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

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



  • Recommended by TR
Asus EeeTop ET2203T – All In One PC


Our Score:


So far, this EeeTop is doing well, but let’s see how it holds up in terms of those all-important internals, which in this case are limited exclusively to mobile (i.e.laptop) parts to keep the thickness to below 50mm.

Processing duties are handled by an Intel T6600 Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.2GHz, which is certainly fast enough to cope with anything the average consumer might care to throw at it. It’s backed up by the usual 4GB of RAM that’s pretty much the standard on anything from laptops to gaming PCs these days (though unfortunately a 32-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium won’t be able to take full advantage), while a 5,400rpm 2.5in hard drive provides a generous 500GB of storage.

Video is usually the area where AIOs are weakest as high-end mobile graphics chips tend to cost an arm and a leg. In this case a discrete ATI Radeon HD 4570 with 256MB of memory will do a good job of video acceleration and playing older games, but struggles with anything more demanding – especially at the screen’s native resolution. As an indication, running TrackMania Nations Forever and Call of Duty 4 at 1080p returned average figures of 17.5 and 16 frames per second respectively, though admittedly this was with details turned up to maximum on the latter.

Bluetooth is absent but Wi-Fi N makes it to the party, so the only cable you need to get the best out of Asus’ latest EeeTop is the power lead with its integrated power brick.

Though it’s easy enough to find attractive AIOs with similar internal specifications from the established players such as Dell, Sony or HP, for the ET2203T’s £785 asking price its provision of a Full HD screen and Blu-ray drive as well as little touches such as the HDMI input really do put it in a value class of its own, despite its lack of a multi-touch screen. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that the smaller Full HD 21.5in cousin of the award-winning 27in iMac can be had for only £165 more with a more powerful (desktop) CPU, full-metal chassis and glass-fronted screen, though this does lose you the Blu-ray drive and touch capabilities.


Asus has created an attractive and well-built All-In-One PC with an excellent mix of components available for a relatively affordable price. As long as you’re not looking for a machine to game on (though you can hook up a games console to the decent screen) or want a multi-touch experience, this is definitely one to consider.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 7
  • Value 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 8


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.



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!


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.


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


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........


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.


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.


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.


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


February 23, 2010, 5:41 pm


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.


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.

comments powered by Disqus