“Over the past year, we’ve all become accustomed to the burgeoning netbook market and we know all about increasingly popular low-cost portable systems such as the ASUS Eee PC and MSI Wind.
Nettops, on the other hand, are yet to hit the mainstream and the term itself is yet to become ingrained in many consumers’ vocabulary. Defining the term simply, a nettop is to the desktop what a netbook is to the notebook.
In other words, a compact, low-cost, low-power alternative or addition to the traditional desktop PC. Armed with budget hardware such as Intel’s Atom processor, a nettop serves basic computing needs such as e-mail access and web-browsing functionality.
On paper, it seems a logical next step for the ever-popular low-cost entry-level trend, so why have nettops thus far failed to garner widespread interest? Hoping to find out, we’re taking a closer look at ASUS’ Eee Top ET1602 – one of the world’s first all-in-one nettops.”
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Inventing yet another form factor
Even grouping any ATX/BTX types, you are still left with full sized desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks and now we have nettops. You could point out a strange little beast called the iMac, but as far as ASUS is concered their Eee Top ET1602 is the first nettop available. The most noticeable feature, and really the only part to the nettop is the 5.6in touchscreen LCD with a 1,366×768 resolution which also happens to house the entire system. An Intel Atom N270 + 945 GSE and 1GB of DDR2 provide the processing power, which may be why HEXUS feels a little sceptical about the attraction of this nettop in particular and the idea behind it in general. Take a look and see if you feel the same.