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Asus Eee PC 1025C review

The original netbook manufacturer continues to lead the pack

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good battery life
  • Build quality
  • Storage

Against

  • Limited performance
  • Only 1GB of RAM

If you've turned your back on netbooks in favour of tablets, you're making a serious oversight. These fantastic little machines offer supreme portability, great value and the reassuring usability of a keyboard and touchpad.

Now Asus, the original pioneer of the netbook, has continued its series with the really-rather-good Asus Eee PC 1025C-GRY0235.

The Eee PC 1025C doesn't exactly stretch things in terms of design. It's got an all-black design with a brushed metal finish that doesn't look bad. The lid resists grubby fingerprints and stains and the interior follows the same design with the addition of a chrome silver click button beneath the touchpad.

Asus has made the most of the small chassis and spread the keyboard the width of the interior. It'll take you a few paragraphs to get used to typing on it, but you'll find it much more preferable to tapping out an email on the touchscreen of a tablet.

The 10.1-inch screen has a fairly thick bezel and can only manage a pixel resolution of 1,024 x 600. However, it's bright and detailed enough to entertain you with a movie while you're cramped onto a train, plane or automobile - precisely what these machines are designed for. And, because it manages a staggering 354-minute battery life, you'll still be watching long after regular laptops have given up and died.

There's a sizable 320GB hard drive on board to fill with media and documents, but obviously no optical DVD drive. You do however have plenty of connectivity to boost the Eee PC 1025 with accessories. There's three USB ports, HDMI and VGA connections as well as an Ethernet port in case you don't want to use the 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Basic instinct

The Asus Eee PC 1025 runs on an Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM. The Atom processor is Intel's low-powered alternative chipset and helps to keep power consumption down, the caveat is that performance is limited - especially with only 1GB of memory. But, considering the value of this machine and that it's meant for only the most basic of tasks - watching films, browsing the web and using office documents, this isn't much of a problem.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 354 minutes
Cinebench: 1560
3DMark 2006: 407

Asus has included a few first-party software programs such as Asus Media Sharing and Asus Vibe Fun Centre that helps you organise and share your media. And you've also got the basic Windows package that includes Office 2010 Starter, Movie Maker, Live Mail and others.

If you're looking for a basic portable machine but don't fancy a tablet then a netbook is the way to go. The Eee PC 1025 is an excellent choice: the battery life is impressive and the usability grows on you after a while. It's got an impressive range of connections and a decent screen and will serve well as a secondary machine or travelling alternative to your main device.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 3650
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time11 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEee PC 1025C
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelN2800
ColourGrey
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NameAsus
Processor Speed1.86 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.25 kg
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height34.4 mm
Width262 mm
Depth178 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Series1025C
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product Model1025C-GRY054S
Product NameEee PC 1025C-GRY054S Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEee PC
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part Number90OA3FB76112481K33IU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

Superior Performance with New Intel® Atom™ Cedar Trail

The ASUS Eee PC 1025C features the all new Intel® Atom™ Cedar Trail dual-core CPU, with a 15% enhancement in processing speed and a 10% increase in battery life compared to the previous generation. The graphics performance has also been increased by four times. The netbook has never been faster.

No More Waiting - Instant On in Two Seconds

Exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine II (SHE II) with Instant On enables 2-second resume of the netbook from sleep, with up to 21 days of standby time. With the long battery life, you can also enjoy all-day computing. SHE II also offers three different power modes, which maximizes performance and battery life depending on your needs. Finally, data security is built-in thanks to SHE II.

Maximum Memory2 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Eee PC 1025C-GRY054S Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter