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ASUS Adds a Simple Touch to Computing with Eee Top ET1602

ASUS has unveiled the Eee Top ET1602, the all-in-one touch-screen computer that boasts the full functionality of a regular desktop PC. Equipped with 15.6" five-wired resistive touch panels, the new Eee Top ET1602 enables users to manage what they see onscreen by applying direct pressure with their fingertips, greatly enhancing the interactivity and simplicity of performing daily computing tasks.

The benefits of having a foolproof, touch-responsive interface are myriad, allowing anyone in the family regardless of computer proficiency to experience the convenience and excitement of computing. Eee Top ET1602 comes with a comprehensive suite of touch-optimized applications spanning productivity, entertainment and communications enabling users to do virtually anything, easily.

About ASUS Eee Top

Simple Setup and Ease of Use
In keeping with the core tenet of Eee, which is ease of use, Eee Top ET1602 touch-screen computer is exceedingly quick and simple to set up just attach a power cord, and it's ready for use. It is also exceptionally easy to use. Catering to users new to Windows who would appreciate the simplicity afforded by an icon-driven, touch-and-select interface, Eee Top ET1602 features an exclusive Easy Mode within Windows that allows users to locate and access commonly-used applications easily within streamlined and readily-accessible menus. This makes Windows immediately intuitive to users with the most meager of computing experience, including children.

Contributing greatly to the Eee Top's simplicity of use are its preinstalled applications, many of which are tailored for touch panels. Eee Memo, for example, enables users to write messages for their family members on desktop 'stickies' with just their fingers. SoftStylus allows them to input text without requiring a physical keyboard it recognizes handwriting and also offers a virtual keyboard as an alternative. Surfing the Internet is also possible without a mouse, thanks to Opera Touch, a rich-featured web browser enhanced for touchscreen use that supports drag-and-drop functions, widgets and 'speed dialing'.

Optimized Design and Flexibility of Placement
Owing to the need to fit full functionality into such a sleek casing, the designers behind the Eee Top ET1602 carefully considered the use of every iota of space. The result is an optimized product design that is as elegant as it is attractive. This philosophy of optimization is best evidenced in details such as the system's carrying handle, which also serves as a keyboard holder. Another example would be the cooling system collectively known as ASUS Tranquiller Technology that utilizes an optimized blend of astute air flow design, quiet fans and unique heat dissipation materials to ensure that the system stays cool while operating at an extremely quiet 26 dB.

Given their compact form factor and near-silent operation, Eee Top ET1602 touch-screen computer can be placed virtually anywhere in a house, office or commercial space without being obtrusive or distracting. The clean and modern look ensures that it will blend in nicely with contemporary interiors, even functioning as a talking piece and as a point of convergence in home settings such as the kitchen, living room and study. It is also highly portable, and can be moved from room to room with the greatest of ease. A user surfing the Internet in the study could, for example, move it to the living room via its carrying handle and set it up in seconds for an online yoga class.

The beauty of the Eee Top ET1602 is that it not only enhances the interaction between user and computer, it also encourages more interactivity between users in household settings. Possible usage scenarios include homemakers searching for food recipes in the kitchen and friends browsing through their music collections in the bedroom. The Eee Top ET1602 is the key to unlocking the door to truly 'touching' moments.

Powerful Multimedia Capabilities
Eee Top ET1602 touch-screen computer is a fully-capable entertainment center. The 15.6" widescreen (16:10) LCD are sharp and vibrant, bolstered by Eee Splendid Video Intelligence Technology that ensures the Eee Top's display remains vivid and clear regardless of environmental lighting. Users will also enjoy high quality audio throughout without the need for additional speakers thanks to the integrated Hi-Fi speakers and SRS TruSurround HD technology.

Tying in all of the Eee Top ET1602 touch-screen computers' multimedia capabilities is Eee Cinema, a full-featured multimedia center that enhances the user's enjoyment of photos, videos, music and movies. Offering a user interface that is akin to that found in consumer set-tops, Eee Cinema puts the ability to browse, select and play all of the user's media at his or her fingertips.



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