Is there enough room in the one-inch thick ET2010 to meet our all-in-one expectations?
The model number may be a coincidence, but the latest of Asus's all-in-one Eee Tops couldn't be more appropriately named. A 2010 update of the original design which feels fresher and more modern than competitors like the Acer Z5610 or the Packard Bell oneTwo M, it's full of contemporary tech like multitouch, ION2 and – of course – the dual-core Atom.
Design differences between this and last year's version include getting rid of the bizarrely large speaker grille, squaring off the edges and running an attractive recessed finish around the perimeter of the machine. It's a much more grown up look, admirable for its simplicity. Best of all, it's just an inch thick.
That physical feat is possible because it uses a dual-core Atom CPU, rather than a full-power processor. There is a noticeable difference in performance between this and, say, the Sony Vaio L. If there's anything going on in the background it can be frustrating to find desktop lag getting in the way of the otherwise responsive touchscreen.
But it does fall neatly into the price gap between less endowed single-core Atom nettops and full strength Core 2 models.
The ION2 graphics processor means that the 2010 EeeTop is comfortable with both HD video and multitasking, though it's not going to replace your games console any time soon. For that, there's an HDMI-in port and the opportunity to use its bright and colourful screen as a TV.
The 20in panel isn't 720p friendly, though, let alone 1080-sharp, and the speakers aren't up to much. Still, it fulfils its role as a day-to-day workhorse and occasional media machine well enough.
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One advantage of those low-power electronics, however, is an incredibly efficient energy footprint. Asus claims it's on a par with an energy saving light bulb at around 18Wh – we found it to be more like a tungsten lamp at 40Wh in average use, but still impressive considering that includes the monitor. More importantly, it's almost completely silent, even when running video files.
The only real point of failure for the whole system is the keyboard and mouse, which should have been wireless to fit in with the minimalist theme..
It's not hard to find better equipped all-in-ones, and there are plenty of cheaper options too. But the trade-off between performance and design, here, is a happy one for the price.
Asus EeeTop ET2010 review
Not the most powerful all-in-one, but it's got all you need packed into an incredible thin and attractive package