A cheap new laptop
Laptops that were tiny were an item you had to own. Their size was perfect for when you wanted to have a way of traveling lightly, keeping your kid occupied while you were busy with work and so on. They were cheap, too. Asus was the mother of such devices. Seeing the company’s success with them, others soon followed its example. Not a single company refused to follow the trend. Each of the models had as purpose to offer online access and basic computing. Those times aren’t gone in their entirety. Asus made the $299 Eee PC 1025C Flare. This may quite possibly be the last time we’ll see such a product. Let’s take a look at it in this analysis.
Not impressive keyboard
The Asus Eee PC 1025C Flare will most likely be a swan song for the category of tiny laptops. It looked very familiar to our eyes before we started to test it. But that was because it doesn’t stray from the design of past models. The body is manufactured from plastic. The back sticks out because of a 6-cell battery. But it’s not an ugly sight to behold. In truth, the looks of this laptop are quite easy on the eye. This in no way is a slim device. Its 1.5″ mean a big product. Not whale big, but not Samsung-slim, either. Its biggest pro in dimension area is the light weight and its specs.
We weren’t immensely impressed with the keyboard; nor with the touchpad. They will feel familiar to owners of notebooks. The buttons we pressed while using the laptop for this review, had the same look as countless others. With only one difference: they were shrunken down. If you’ve ever typed on the keyboard of an iPad…well, it’s the same experience on this Eee PC 1025C Flare. So not that great. But it’s not a very serious con. The touchpad has a nice size. The lags we had to endure while we were doing multitouch gestures was incredibly annoying. Two-finger scrolling in particular annoyed us to no end. The material in the composition is plastic. There lacks a drag-free surface.
1,024 x 600 pixels resolution
The screen didn’t get an upgrade in terms of resolution. The presence of matte finish was, though, very lovely. The display features the same old amount of 1,024 x 600 pixels from models made in 2011. We thought it was good for reading emails and browse the World Wide Web. But using it for anything else is an unsatisfying experience. We had to do a whole lot of scrolling that was infuriating. As for off-axis viewing, the pro one was the horizontal off-axis. The vertical type was bad.
Ports, inputs and the whole lot of them are identical to the device’s predecessors. A new addition is one HDMI port.
Slow processor speed
The latest Asus laptop has a slow performance. We tried to do several things at the same time, but the CPU couldn’t keep up. We managed, in tests, to have only 2 tabs open in our Internet browser. Which is very little. Even trying to open Windows menus was a very slow affair. Express Gate, the operating system, was another painfully slow thing to observe.
In all this mess, battery life comes and throws the 1025C Flare laptop into a zone full of sunshine. Playing back videos was possible for 10 hours and 30 minutes. Somebody pinch us already.
Asus’ Eee PC 1025C Flare is likely to be the last of its kind. Enjoy it while you can, because it’s not a horrendous tiny laptop.