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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