Asus Eee Top November 2008
Will this new computer from Asus come out on top?
Asus has become a big player in the mini-laptops arena. This new machine keeps the same simple formula, but this time in a touch-screen desktop format.
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Hot on the heels of Asus’s Eee Box, the first desktop machine in the Eee range, comes the Asus Eee Top. Asus have designed this standalone desktop PC with a built-in monitor that uses technology usually found in laptops, so energy consumption should be kept to a minimum.
But the Eee Top’s most unusual feature is its touch-sensitive screen. This 16-inch display can be used instead of a mouse to select and move items on screen and you can even use an on-screen keyboard instead of the regular keyboard that’s provided.
This isn’t a computing powerhouse that’s crying out to run all the latest games – it is a moderately powered machine that’s easy to use, and would be ideal for browsing the web, checking email, or creating documents using the free OpenOffice software suite that’s included.
This isn’t going to replace your standard desktop machine, but if you could use an additional PC in a kitchen or lounge – or even the foyer of an office or school – then this is an interesting design that won’t break the bank.
Pros: Simple design, intuitive touch-screen
Cons: Fairly low performance for advanced tasks