ASUS reeeleeeases some deeetails on the all-in-one touch-eeenabled Eee Top PC

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ASUS has taken the world by storm with its recent spate of Eee PC netbooks. With help from the power-efficient innards provided by Intel, the Taiwanese OEM has started to spread the low-powered PC love around. Already, the Eee Box, a small form factor desktop that shares the same basic components as the Eee PC but without a screen, has been selling to some degree of acclaim.

ASUS isn’t satisfied with just the Eee Box, however, as they’re planning on releasing another Eee-powered desktop in the form of the Eee Top. Two versions are being prepared, the ET1602 and ET1603, with the following specifications:

 

  • 15.6″ touchscreen wide display
  • Intel Atom N270 processor @ 1.6GHz
  • 160GB 5400RPM hard drive
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • Intel integrated GPU (ET1602)/ ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 (ET1603)
  • 802.11b/g/n wireless networking
  • 10/100/1000 ethernet networking
  • 1.3MP webcam
  • Memory card reader
  • 6 USB 2.0 ports
  • Microphone, line in and line out ports
  • OS: Windows XP Home
While no pricepoint or availability has officially been set, the UK-based Play.com is taking pre-orders for the ET1602 for449.99 ($709 US). Both systems come with wired keyboards and mice. ASUS has already said that the second revision of the Eee Top will include a battery so users can easily and quickly take them around the house as they go. The portable version will reportedly also include wireless keyboards and mice. Much like with HP’s device, ASUS is essentially skinning Windows (in this case, XP) by overlaying their own touch-oriented software on top of the base OS.
It’s an interesting product line, to be sure, but unless the price is a fair bit lower when it makes the trip across the Atlantic, it would be hard to recommend this all-in-one PC over the HP TouchSmart, which seems to offer a muchmore robust experience for a few hundred dollars more.
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