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.