ASUS Eee PC 1025C / X101CH review

The Eee PC 1025C and X101CH are the latest netbooks from ASUS and feature 10.1″ displays and the new Cedar Trail processor. Both of these models are essentially the same...

The Eee PC 1025C and X101CH are the latest netbooks from ASUS and feature 10.1″ displays and the new Cedar Trail processor. Both of these models are essentially the same but with different battery sizes (we’ll cover the differences shortly) and feature the same tech specs:

  • Processor:  Intel Atom N2600 1.6GH Dual Core
  • Graphics:  Intel GMA 3600
  • Screen:  10.1-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Memory:  1GB RAM
  • Storage:  320GB HD 5400RPM
  • OS:  Windows 7 Starter
  • Ports:  3 USB 2.0, headphone jack, microphone jack, Ethernet RJ-45, VGA, HDMI, SD card reader
  • Dimensions:  10.3” x 7.0” 0.82 – 1.35” (Width x Depth x Height)
  • Weight:  2.75lbs for Asus 1025C / 2.20lbs for Asus X101CH
  • Battery:  6-cell Li-Ion (46 Whr) up to 12.5 hours for 1025C / 3-cell Li-Ion (23 Whr) up to 4.5 hours for X101CH

The Asus 1025C is available for $299 from Amazon, and the X101CH with a smaller battery is available for $269.

Besides the price and battery life, there are a few other differences between these models:

  • The X101CH has no fan while the Asus 1025C and 1025CE do have fans
  • The X101CH has a 3-cell 23-WHr battery while the Asus 1025C has a larger 6-cell 46-WHr battery
  • The X101CH weighs 2.20lbs while the Asus 1025C weighs 2.75lbs, due to the larger battery
  • The Asus 1025CE has an Intel Atom N2800 1.86GHz processor, the 1025C and X101CH have an Intel N2600 1.60GHz processor

The design of the Asus Flare Eee PC is much improved over the earlier Eee PC releases that were pretty flimsy and made of cheap plastic. The sides of the 1025C are actually metal, enhancing the look and quality of the unit. The palm rests and keyboard area is made of plastic with a matte finish designed to resist fingerprints. The lid is also plastic, but not too flimsy like earlier models.

The battery sticks out a bit on the bottom, sloping the keyboard upwards but also making for easier typing.

 

The keyboard is nice and even though it’s not full size you can adapt pretty fast to normal typing speeds.

The battery life of the X101 is less then 5 hours while the 1025 is over 12, so if you want to make it through a whole day without a charge you’ll want to pay an extra $30 for the 1025. If you have a charger handy most of the time then the X101 should be fine.

Even though they have the new Cedar Trail N2600 processors, these aren’t meant for speed but battery life. They have around 30% the performance of a 2GHz Intel i3 with 2GB of RAM to give you an idea the speed.

One thing to note is that the RAM isn’t easily upgradeable like older ASUS netbooks, but you can upgrade to 2GB if you do some searching on the interwebs and are good at using a screwdriver.

Bottom line is that these are good budget netbooks, and with over 12 hours battery life and a price of $299 they are much better than a smartphone for typing reports and searching the web.