What we like most about the Eee Top is that it’s small enough and light enough to move from room to room, but with an even smaller footprint than a laptop. It achieves that space-savings because the touch screen lets you go without a keyboard entirely. We can imagine someone placing the Eee Top on a counter top or a shelf without it completely dominating the space.
As it’s powered by a 1.6GHz Atom processor, the Eee Top is not a serious computer for work or play, even for a budget PC. It will get on the Web, play music, and perform all the basic tasks you might expect it to, but even opening a browser can feel slow. We also don’t find Asus’ custom touch software as polished as that of HP’s TouchSmart line. Then again, this system will only cost $599 when it hits the U.S. retail market on March 9th. TouchSmarts start at $1050.