Asus set to release all-in-one Eee Top Thursday
Asus to formally introduce its new all-in-one, dubbed the Eee Top, in Taipei.
Details are lacking on Asus' rather vague product pages for the ET1602 and ET1603, but the systems will reportedly feature a 15.6-inch touch-screen display (down from the roughly 20 inches of screen space mentioned in January) and the 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor found in virtually every Netbook. Other rumored specs include 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and a 1.3-megapixel Webcam.
The higher-end ET1603 bumps you up to discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD3450 graphics. Asus mentions both Vista Business and XP atop the product pages for its Eee Top systems, but I can't imagine anything more than XP on such a low-end system. Lastly, pricing has yet to be announced, so we are left to wonder if Asus will hit the $499 price it quoted in January.
As for looks, the Eee Top looks like it won't offend. The shiny white and rounded Eee Top looks like it might have been designed by someone who had earlier worked on the Apple iBook.
While a cheaper yet smaller all-in-one PC alternative might hold some appeal, I'm left to wonder why I would want an Intel Atom processor inside a desktop, especially if it's the single-core Atom chip and not thethat is a better fit for Nettops. The single-core Atom N270 is a chip that was designed chiefly for energy efficiency. While I would like to consume less electricity in my home like any other responsible citizen of the world, I am more drawn to the extended battery life the Atom affords when placed inside a Netbook.