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Review: ASUS Eee Top ET1602: a glimpse of computers to come?

by Parm Mann on 12 February 2009, 09:25 3.25

Tags: Eee Top ET1602, ASUSTeK (TPE:2357)

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The ASUS Eee Top - continued

Complimenting the all-in-one unit are a pair of equally-stylish peripherals. ASUS' bundled keyboard and mouse are Apple-like in appearance and the thin keyboard in particular is very easy on the eye. Unfortunately, it's very much a case of form over functionality. The keyboard, although adequate to type with, lacks a dedicated numpad and the mouse is ... well, flimsy.

Making matters infinitely worse is the fact that both peripherals are wired - a huge oversight in an otherwise slick-and-tidy system. On a more positive note, the keyboard does provide an extra USB port on its right side, and a stylus is neatly tucked into its left side via a responsive spring-loaded mechanism.

Bundled is a small power adaptor, a quick-start guide, a comprehensive multi-language user and manual and a trio of software discs.

What's missing - and not included in the bundle in case you were looking - is an optical drive. As with many of its Eee PC netbooks, ASUS has opted to ship its first nettop without a dedicated CD/DVD drive.