Those European e-tailers really love pulling the trigger early on product listings. Fresh from yesterday's quad-core Athlons in the UK, we've now spotted an Ion-powered Eee Top all-in-one over in France.
French e-tailer LDLC lists the Asus Eee Top 2002T for €598, or roughly 25% more than the older Eee Top 1602. Considering Newegg charges $500 for the 1602, you can probably expect U.S. pricing in the neighborhood of $625. This higher price gets you not just a bigger, better display—20" with a 1600x900 resolution and touch-screen functionality—but also a better processor and graphics.
The 2002T includes a dual-core Atom 330 processor, GeForce 9400M G (a.k.a. Ion) integrated graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 250GB 5,400-RPM hard drive, a DVD burner, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Windows Vista Home Premium. There's even an HDMI input, which LDLC says you can use to plug in a games console. Not bad. Then again, $620 can get you a pretty decent full-featured desktop these days, provided you're not afraid to deal with a little extra bulk and noise.
We actually caught a peek at the Eee Top 2002 two months ago in Taiwan, where Nvidia exhibited a handful of past and future Ion-powered machines. The demo system was running the Windows 7 release candidate with Nvidia's driver control panel bearing witness to the GPU inside. (Thanks to Blogeee.net for the heads-up.)