Big on price… but not on features.
ASUS may have invented netbooks, but today its offerings like the ASUS Eee PC 1025C-GRY041S simply aren’t that impressive. It’s got a decent enough new processor, but overall the small battery capacity and poor input devices render it a mostly uninteresting option.
This Eee PC does nothing to promote netbooks.
One tick for the 1025C is that it has an Intel Atom N2800, which was 14% faster than the Intel Atom N2600. Otherwise the specs were average: it packs 1GB DDR3-1066 RAM, a 320GB (5,400rpm) HDD and a 10.1in (1,024 x 600-pixel resolution) screen. Unfortunately it only uses a three-cell battery, resulting in a mediocre battery life of 3:33hr in Powermark on Balanced (with the 1025C’s wireless off and power set to Balanced). It scored a decent 765 in PCMark 7, though.
The 1025C is built solidly enough, but the tiny keys on the cramped keyboard can make typos reasonably frequent and the touchpad is intermittently not very sensitive. The webcam was at least better than that in the Acer Aspire One, but the speakers can sometimes skip during songs in a distracting way. It also has a brighter screen with slightly better viewing angles. It has good connectivity overall, with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 100Mbps Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, VGA port, HDMI port, SD card reader and an audio jack, but there’s no Bluetooth.
Netbooks can still have a role to play, but the 1025C’s ordinary battery life and input devices scupper whatever chance it might have had.
Pros : Faster than average netbook CPU, competent webcam.
Cons : Skipping in speakers, small capacity battery, poor keyboard and touchpad.
Verdict : 6 out of 10.
Available from Asus, retailing for $350