Asus 1025C review: Asus 1025C

Asus also offers a pre-Windows quick-start OS called Express Gate, but we've never found one of these modes to be all that useful, especially as they require learning the ins and outs of a non-Windows OS. Plus, instead of being more responsive, Express Gate was, if anything, more sluggish than the Windows experience.

Juice box
Asus Eee PC 1025C Flare Avg watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.59
Sleep (10%) 0.68
Idle (25%) 6.12
Load (05%) 11.2
Raw kWh number 22.01
Annual power consumption cost $2.50

Annual power consumption cost
Asus Eee PC 1025C Flare
$2.50 

There is one area, however, where the Eee PC 1025C Flare does amazingly well, and that's battery life. The system ran for 10 hours and 19 minutes in our video playback battery drain test. That's an amazingly long time, and the real advantage of Intel's revamped Atom chips. Of course, it takes twice as long to do anything on this laptop, so keep that in mind as well.

Asus includes an industry-standard, one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system. Asus also offers a collection of online support tools, including driver downloads, online FAQs, and a 24-7 toll-free phone line, although the support section layout and implementation are not as clear as for some other PC brands.

Asus almost single-handedly created the Netbook craze, which brought affordable computing to many, and the company deserves much credit for that. This is clearly a category with its best days long behind it, however, and it's hard to imagine exactly who the Eee PC 1025C Flare would be for outside of developing markets.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 1025C Flare
1,553 

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus Eee PC 1025C Flare
5,200 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations:

Asus Eee PC 1025C
Windows 7 Starter; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2600 (Dual-Core); 1,024MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3600; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-YB35KX/B
Windows 7 Home Premium w/ SP1; 1.65GHz AMD Fusion E-450 Dual Core; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 384MB (Shared) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6320; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire One 722-BZ608
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1GHz AMD C-50; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 256MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6250; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Dell Latitude 2120
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 Dual-Core; 2,048MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB (Shared) Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-2467M; 4,096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Shared) Intel HD 3000; 128GB Samsung SSD

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    • Weight 2.8 lbs
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