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Asus Eee Top 1602 review

£364.78 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Asus

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Apple may have popularised the computer-in-a-screen idea with its last iteration of the iMac. But it was HP who added touchscreen capability with its TouchSmart series of desktop PCs. Now Asus is in on the act with a cheaper option - the Asus Eee Top 1602.

The Asus Eee Top 1602 is similar in form to the HP TouchSmart, being a one-box PC and screen which allows direct user control through the display.

In practice, we found it remarkably easy to get around the Windows XP interface using just the screen. The touch panel responded well to finger input, with no problems recognising, for example, the clicking of closely spaced web page links.

Additionally, while this is not true multi-touch in the manner of the iPhone or TouchSmart screens, where you can expand and shrink images by ‘pinching' with finger and thumb, you can use two fingers for scrolling up and down pages.

Build quality of the Asus Eee Top is good, if not in the same class as HP or Apple. The chassis is constructed of high-gloss plastic which doesn't quite have the quality of fit and finish found on premium brands. But then the price is much more attractive.

Performance for typical desktop duties is very good, despite only packing a single Intel Atom processor. In our benchmark tests though, it scored the highest of any Atom-based PC we've seen to date, with 41 points acheived in WorldBench 6. Most netbooks score around 30-35.

With the help of this cool-running Atom chip, heat and noise levels are kept very low too. And the general feel of the Windows interface remains very snappy.

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Asus Eee Top 1602 Expert Verdict »

1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
Windows XP SP3 Home
15.6in (1366x768) touch sensitive glossy LCD screen
1GB DDR2 RAM
160GB SATA II HDD
6 x USB 2.0
multi-card reader
ethernet
802.11b/g/draft-n
external power adaptor
power consumption 27W
4.3kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

This desktop PC is more like a laptop packed into a screen, yet with its touchscreen interface it is much more. This would make a good household computer for a young family, and thanks to its economical 27W power consumption, it won’t even present any suprises on your next electric bill.

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