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Asus Eee Top ET2010AGT review

A low end all-in-one PC with rudimentary touch capabilities

It's easy to criticise the standard all-in-one PC design because you can't easily upgrade it or replace any components which might break. Even though that places this machine in the same category as laptop PCs and desktop devices such as the Apple iMac, the ET2010AGT is not as convenient as the former or as good as the latter.

You can't carry it easily, and it's unlikely to have the same longevity of a modern OS X machine.

So it's awkward. The addition of a touchscreen, sadly, seems like little more than a transparent gimmick, since poking around at a vertical computer monitor just isn't comfortable in standard use. For the occasional prod in a standing environment like a kitchen? Fine. We can see it working. For your desk? You'll use the mouse every time.

There's a pretty major problem, too, or at least there was with our review model: you can do what you want with the touchscreen, as long as you don't want to touch the top centimeter of real estate. It doesn't work.

Touches to that area don't register correctly, possibly due to the way the sensors are positioned within the case. This is is particularly frustrating because Asus chose exactly that area to host its drop-down quick launch menu and, more importantly, that's the zone that covers the top of a maximised window. Want to close or minimise something with your finger? Tough.

The processor and chipset are just strong enough that using the ET2010AGT isn't a sluggish or sketchy experience, but there's not a lot of wiggle room. Expect to run older games such as Team Fortress 2 at medium settings without too much trouble; a netbook this ain't.

The construction of the ET2010AGT isn't quite as sturdy as its decent processing power.

The tinny speakers are really quite awful, the 1600 x 900 screen pretty low res and prone to fingerprint smears, and the included keyboard and mouse combo – small and cheap, to be frank – is just about adequate. We were impressed that the narrow keyboard fits easily into the gap at the bottom of the unit, if that counts for anything.

Tech Specs

Product TypeAll-in-One Computer
TouchscreenYes
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATi
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 5470
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Total Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Product FamilyEeeTop ET2010AGT
Processor Model250u
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorDesktop
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeAthlon II X2
Screen Size50.8 cm (20")
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory2 GB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelRX780
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Number of Processors Installed1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports6
Height373.8 mm
Width497 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesET2010AGT
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelET2010AGT-B066E
Product NameEeeTop ET2010AGT-B066E Desktop Computer
Product LineEeeTop
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberET2010AGT-B066E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The all new ASUS EeeTop ET2010 packs all the benefits of an all-in-one PC in a stylish, ultra-slim design that is less than an inch thick. Designed to replace your desktop computer, the ET2010 features quick and easy start-ups, as well as plug-and-play capabilities. The ET2010's space-saving design will clear up your workstation, saving you the mess of snaking and tangled cables. On top of that, the ET2010 can be wall-mounted, ensuring that it can be used almost anywhere.

Package Contents
  • EeeTop ET2010AGT-B066E Desktop Computer
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card