Over the last couple of years, the All-in-One PC market has seen some fairly impressive growth, probably due to the introduction of the touchscreen into many of the high-end models such as the Sony VAIO L Series, in fact we’re even starting to see laptops with touchscreens. ASUS have been one of several manufacturers promoting the simplicity and convenience of the All-in-One computer since the very beginning and they have just added to their EEE Top PC range with the all new ET2010.
The new ‘next-generation’ ASUS Eee Top PC ET2010 model features a 20” multi-touch enabled display and some fairly impressive specs (more details later) inside a super slim case measuring just 1” in total. With the suggested retail price of £619.99 including VAT, it seems mighty good value as well.
The majority of All-in-One computers are primarily designed to deliver the best multimedia experience, and the ET2010 is no different. With the latest NVidia ION graphics with DirectX 11, and the Intel Atom Dual Core D510 clocked at the seemingly standard 1.66Ghz, there is sufficient oomph to easily play back high definition content. The display is capable of a max resolution of 1400×900, which is sufficient, but not exactly overwhelming.
That’s video, what about audio? There’s no built in speakers which is not a huge let down as most true movie or music fans will probably supply their own anyway. The machine comes with either 2x2W audio chips with SRS Premium Sound, or 3x2W depending on your customisations and specifications upon purchase. There’s also 3 audio ports in the form of the usual microphone, line in & line out.
So, In addition to these specs, the ET2010 packs 2Gb of DDR3 RAM which is again pretty decent and it is expandable to a more impressive 4Gb. They’ve also managed to squeeze in a 500Gb SATA II 7200rpm 3.5” hard drive which is capable for storing plenty of media, but in case it isn’t there are of course 4 USB ports to add external drives and such. Also on-board are a 1.3megapixel webcam and a built in microphone. They’ve also generously thrown in a wireless keyboard and mouse for good measure.
So connectivity is all important in a machine like this where users will want access to all sorts of media from all sorts of places. So thankfully, and probably not too surprisingly, ASUS have supplied WiFi 802.11 b/g/n as well as 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet connectivity. As I already mentioned there are 4 USB ports for attaching external media, and a 3-in-1 memory card slow supporting SD, SDHC and MMC. HDMI in-put is also present so you can connect other devices such as Blu-Ray players or games consoles.
In terms of software, ASUS have loaded Windows 7 Home Premium into the new machines as expected I think, as well as their own EEE docking platform software package including EEE Amuse, EEE Sharing, EEE Xperience and EEE Tools. What’s more, users have access to ASUS cloud computing services such as ASUS Vibe, allowing you access to a whole range of media including music, games, magazines, e-books and live TV. Also, ASUS WebStorage which really does exactly what you’d expect, though you only get a 1 year free trial.
Aesthetically, the machine is very slim and as I already stated, they’re finished with a glossy black look and feature the usual EEE Top PC stand. Other than that there’s not a lot to it that you wouldn’t expect to find in an all-in-one. It’s very simplistic but that’s not to say it’s not attractive. Its overall form factor and style make it anything but ugly.
So to sum up, the ASUS Eee Top PC ET2010 is a slim and attractive, well endowed All-in-One computer that is good for any media fan. Plus it’s a good price beating many of its competitors in that department too. If you’ve been impressed by the Asus Eee PC netbooks in the past, then it’s well worth a thought if you’re after an All-in-One PC.