Asus Eee Top PC runs it some touchscreen Opera

The Eee Top is a low-end PC with a big old touchscreen and now Opera. The Eee Top 1602 comes with Opera pre-installed and includes touchscreen-oriented features including gestures and a virtual keyboard. It also includes built-in widgets as well as something called “speed-dial,” basically a quick and easy way to find your favorite sites.

Touch the Web on ASUS Eee Top PC with Opera browser

Oslo, Norway and Taipei, Taiwan — February 16, 2009 – ASUS has once again reinvented modern computing with its recently launched Eee Top PC, all-in-one touchscreen computer. Seeking a browser that could adapt seamlessly to its unique touch capabilities, ASUS chose Opera for smooth and easy touch navigation — requiring neither mouse nor keyboard.

Pre-installed on the Eee Top PC 1602, Opera is customized to enable touchscreen Internet browsing. Opera brings drag-and-drop functionality, onscreen panning and an automatic virtual keyboard to the Eee Top PC.

“Opera has always been dedicated to enhancing Web browsing experience. Touch Web navigation is one of the new trends for desktop PCs,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Through close collaboration with the pioneer ASUS, we have optimized the Web experience, making it easy-to-use with a few taps of the fingers.”

Eee Top PC users can also take advantage of four conveniently built-in widgets, which give home-screen access to an Opera Widgets tutorial, an analog clock, a dictionary and a calendar. Opera Speed Dial (providing a shortcut to online favorites) has also been customized for the new ASUS touchscreen computers.

“Eee Top PC brings flexibility into the home with its portable nature and user-friendliness for both new and advanced users. To ensure its success, we required a compatible software solution that could be optimized for the touchscreen computer,” says HH Cheng, General Manager of Desktop System Business at ASUSTeK. “Opera is the premiere touch-browsing solution, as the company has extensive experience in modifying their product for unique devices, such as ours. The result is an interactive Web-surfing session where the human touch is the ultimate navigation tool.”

The Eee Top PC will be available in the US market through ASUS-authorized dealers in North America on March 9, 2009.