Since the advent of netbooks, Asus has been the standard bearer. Most of the innovations in the world of netbooks come from Asus; they practically pioneered these lightweight, compact, portable computers from their inception. In that light, it's not surprising how versatile the Asus 1025C is. Asus once again sets the netbook standard with this device. This netbook is small but usable, not too heavy, and features a long battery life. Because of the 1025C's superior attributes and top performance, it has earned the TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award. When people think of netbooks, something very much like the 1025C is what they imagine. Asus has taken the concept of netbooks and produced a product that gets as close to what people imagine as possible.
The 1025C is exceptionally light. At 2.75 pounds, this netbook is the lightest among our lineup of products. The purpose of a netbook is to give you mobile computing power. Of course, nobody would want to carry a heavy netbook around, and Asus understands that very well. The 1025C is ultra portable and can easily fit into most backpacks, travel bags and even some purses. As far as dimensions go, this little netbook is one of the smallest we looked at. The 1025C is only 10.3 x 7 x .81 inches.
The screen is 10.1 inches wide, a common figure among netbooks. However, with a display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, the 1025C seems to have fallen behind the pack a bit. Many new netbooks have HD-quality screens at 1366 x 768. The lack of HD is a bit of a problem. Though full HD 1080p is available via HDMI connection, Asus should be planning ahead. Looking forward, it probably won't be too long before HD is the standard resolution not only in netbooks, but in many other viewing devices.
The chiclet keyboard is visually appealing, despite the fact that it is only 92 percent of a standard-sized keyboard. While netbook keyboards tend to be more cramped than those of laptops, this is the smallest keyboard we saw. In order to be one of the smallest and lightest netbooks, sacrifices had to be made somewhere. The arrow keys in particular are rather small. The smaller keyboard on the 1025C may be difficult for some people to use. If you're used to concave keys, the flat keys of the chiclet keyboard may take some getting used to.
The 1025C has a 0.3MP camera for video conferencing. This can be very useful for people on the move. While a 0.3MP camera is not the best on the market, it is certainly enough to do the job. A nifty little feature is the slide switch above the camera which closes and opens a shutter over the lens. This netbook can provide you with so much more than word-processing on the go. If you need to attend a web conference, you can do it while sitting at your favorite cafe.
Most current netbook models use Windows 7, and the 1025C is no exception. Windows 7 improved on its predecessors in many ways. It is easy to use, yet powerful. One thing you will need to know is that Windows 7 requires more memory (RAM) than any of its previous iterations. You will need 1GB of RAM just to satisfy Windows 7's needs. What, you may ask, does Windows 7 need all that RAM for? Well, Windows 7 is much prettier and more user-friendly than Vista (thank goodness), and such an attractive, powerful interface requires significantly more memory. Windows 7 is an overall pleasant experience.
Intel Atom processors are the dominant force in the netbook world. The 1025C employs the processing power of the Intel Atom N2600. The N2600 is a double-core processor and the model in this netbook clocks in at 1.66 GHz. The N2600 provides this netbook with enough juice to make everything run smoothly. Overall, the processor does a good job. This netbook is by no means under-powered and still has an amazing battery life.
For many users the most important thing about a netbook may be how long its battery will last. Netbooks are meant to be super portable, and that means having a battery that lasts as long as you need it to. In this regard, the 1025C outstrips the competition. Asus did everything they could to get the battery to last as long as possible. As mentioned earlier, using a double-core processor instead of a single-core processor usually inhibits the battery life, but at a projected 12.5 hours, the 1025C has the longest-lasting battery of all the netbooks we looked at, by a long shot.
How did Asus manage to get so much out the 1025C's battery? The netbook was built around the battery life. In fact, Asus developed a new technology to help out. The Super Hybrid Engine II adjusts your power settings to control the flow of juice to the processor. This means that when the netbook is idling (not doing anything), the processor doesn't run at 1.66 GHz; It doesn't need to. Essentially, it's like watering a plant. Without enough water, the plant will die, but too much water can have detrimental effects too. If the processor is given too much juice from the battery, the battery will run out much quicker. But if the battery provides just enough juice for the processor's needs, then we get optimal performance and battery life. The Super Hybrid Engine II does just that. It monitors the watering of the plant, so to speak.
The 1025C has the requisite 1GB of RAM, which gives you enough memory to do pretty much anything you would want to do on a netbook. While 1GB isn't necessarily a lot, many current netbooks have stuck with it. It's enough memory to run a few programs simultaneously, as long as you aren't running multiple resource-intensive programs at once. For example, your system might get choppy if you're trying to watch a DVD at the same time an image editing program is running in the background. However, it has plenty of memory for browsing the internet, using a word processor, playing music and almost anything else you want to use it for.
Most current netbooks boast a 250GB hard drive, but the 1025C features a 320GB hard drive. And that's not all (to quote every infomercial since time immemorial) – Asus also offers one year of complimentary cloud storage. That means if you buy a 1025C, you'll be able to save files to the Asus online cloud. How many files? As it turns out, up to 500GB worth of files. So, in total, you will have 820GB of storage space. That's bound to be enough for most people.
The Asus 1025C fits the description of the ideal netbook better than any of the other netbooks we looked at. Compact size, light weight and extreme battery life all make this a super portable netbook. While there can be room for improvement in the display (namely, an HD display), there will be no complaints from us because the battery life is astonishing. This is a netbook worth your time and consideration.
The 1025C features a small form-factor, lightweight design and long battery life.
For some, the keyboard may feel too small.
This is the netbook to have if you want super portability due to its extremely long battery life and its compact nature.