Asus has just announced that its Eee Top ET1602
, which was introduced at the tail end of last month, is finally shipping in North America. The Eee Top, like most other Eee machines, is designed with simplicity and cost effectiveness in mind. The all-in-one PC incorporates a 15.6-inch touchscreen display, an Intel Atom processor and an easy-to-grasp user interface that should make getting from app to app via finger inputs a breeze.
The ET1602 also includes a built-in webcam, array microphone, wireless capabilities, an optional external DVD drive and an integrated carry handle for making the ten pound system one that's highly portable. Obviously, power consumption is expected to be low with the Atom CPU, and the Super Hybrid Engine promises to "minimize heat and annoying fan noises found in traditional computing solutions." Asus also throws in a memory card reader, touch optimized Opera web browser, and a few other touch-friendly applications (like Eee Memo and Eee Cinema) that give you even more reason to push the mouse aside in favor of getting your screen dirty.
The Eee Top ET1602 is available now throughout North America in black or white for an MSRP of $599, while the aforementioned external DVD drive can be added for $64.