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ASUS 1025C-MU17-WT EeePC Netbook / 10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600) / Intel Atom N2600 (1.6GHz) / 1GB DDR3 / Intel UMA / 320GB 5400RPM / Windows 7 Starter (32bit) / 802.11BGN / 0.3MP Camera / 6 Cell Battery / HDMI Port / 3GB Internet Website Storage / 1YR Global Warranty / 6 Months Battery Warranty
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First of all, the netbook is very similar in speed to my 4 years old Netbook based on the Celeron processor.
It's just as slow, but my biggest gripe is that it was supposed to play back youtube 1080p video, but it wasn't even able to playback a 720P MKV file without slowing down, and have video lag audio!
*Edit: after further testing, it does play back 720p video, just not mpeg2 at these resolutions, like which can be found on Blue-rays. the Mpeg2 or Mpeg4 video I tested, was encoded under a 4,7Mbit compression; or about 2GB per 1hour of video. It does not play this back. Recommended is higher compressed video's of 4Mbit, or 3Mbit or less. (1-1,2GB per hour of video for 720p is okay!)*
I am sincerely disappointed!
I don't consider this an upgrade to the Asus EeePC 701 at all, as the 701 had a factory speed of 630Mhz, one could overclock it to the stock speed of the cpu of 800Mhz, and ~1000-1100Mhz. Comparably, this N2600 compares to the celeron accelerated to 1,2Ghz.
The fan is constantly on! With the 701 and eeectl the fan would drop below a certain audible speed, eventhough the chassis would heat up a bit. This netbook only drops fan when it's completely passive. Moving the mouse arround, browsing pages, or scrolling through text ignites up the fan!
Third, SUPER disappointed that this netbook only has a single speaker working! Not only does it only have a single speaker working, but the speaker is located at the bottom right, so you'll get the idea that the left speaker broke, but in reality, it's just having one MONO speaker (which is not even centered)!
NO stars for you Asus!
4: The netbook as usual comes with a bunch of uninteresting bloatware that takes about 2 hours of uninstalling, and even then there's still some stuff remnant in the memory.
5: Not upgradeable ram, is really annoying! It takes an engineer to open the device, void the warranty, just to open the device! 2Gig of RaM is necessary! Like others mentioned, this netbook uses nearly 800 and something MB of it's 1024MB of ram! You really can not do a thing with it! After uninstalling all the crapware, and without installing anything special, as well as optimizing the netbook a bit, you're able to lower the RAM usage to 550-600MB of RAM.
*Edit: After applying the necessary Windows updates memory usage is closer to 650MB; after installing few basic programs and 2gig of ram, the netbook is constantly running at 750+MB of ram*
6: The screen is way too bright! I can't work well in low lit environments with it! It's just too bright, and hurts my eyes; even at the darkest setting!
7: It has the less responsive, less interesting Windows 7 (starter) installed. I prefer XP much over 7, but the starter version is very limited!
The only positive surprise for me, and the only reason why this netbook has not zero stars, but one?
The harddrive was faster than expected! Not fast fast, like, still slower than a slow SSD, but not as slow as the N450 netbooks from Acer!
An upgrade to SSD would improve speed drastically, and would still be worth while!
I don't really need all the space though! I'd rather would have had a 32SSD, than this 200GB harddrive, where I only will use 40GB at most of.
*Edit:I just bought a Wintec 60GB SSD and installed it, and it really works well now! Except for the fan being constantly on, and the USB ports being slow, this netbook works pretty ok!*
*Edit2: Ok, the video issue I've been able to address, by selecting hardware acceleration in Media Player classic, and disabling all filters and subtitles, and outputting the 720p low compression video to 800x600pix, 72Hz, it is almost possible to run a blueray DVD recorded at 23.98fps; with a minimal video/audio de-sync (1 second delay over 5 minutes of video).
Key is the hardware acceleration of 720p video reduces 30% of CPU use, disabling all filters reduces another 5 or 10%, especially sharpener, which consumes a lot of CPU. At this rate, playing back video consumes 50% cpu, one thread at 100%, the other 3 at 25%, and the GPU helps out the video somewhat.
In other words, with optimalization it's almost possible to watch a non encrypted Blueray trouble free; and let the display adapter instead of the graphics card deal with the 23.98fps issue (since the graphics card will need all the juice it has to decode the video stream)
I have a couple complaints about the 1025C. First, it came with quite a lot of bloatware. No one wants that stuff, and only come people have the skills to get rid of it. The big battery makes it a little thicker than I like, but it's still light, relatively small, and very easy to carry in a netbook case. I think the large size of the battery is worth the amount of electrical energy that it holds and resulting battery life. The performance of the new graphics hardware of the Atom N2600 is a huge improvement over the N550's graphics. So much so that it's like comparing Intel integrated graphics to a mid level discrete Nvidia gaming graphics card.
Operating modern software and web standards with 1 GB of RAM leaves something to be desired, so I went ahead and ordered a 2GB stick at the same time I ordered the netbook. The upgrade makes a noticeable difference in the lag between input and reaction/output. I also ordered an OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD. Doing the SSD upgrade effectively doubles the over all speed of the computer. It is amazing how responsive and durable this netbook is with these two upgrades, which cost about $80 between them.
The case of the computer will never be the same after I had to disassemble it to change the RAM and HDD to an SSD. At least three of the molded in plastic mechanical catch fastners on the case broke off, which left the case a little loose in two places, and there's no effective way to fix it without glue or epoxy. I have disassembled dozens of notebook cases, and I am very aware of how easily they are dmaged, and very careful to do what I can to avoid breaking stuff. Even after I used hot air to soften the plastic, and the most correct tools and careful technique, some of the fastners still broke off. Aside from the plastic case retainers, the quality is good.
There were some available options for this model which I was not able to choose/select. I am almost never able to find a place on Amazon product websites that allows me to choose to have my product come with different available options. For instance, the 1025C has available bluetooth and cellular data, but I was not able to tell the seller that I wanted those things, so I had to take what they offered, even though Asus manufactuers this model in many different versions and ships those versions worldwide in most cases. This is a major flaw and problem in Amazon's product sales system. I've ran into this many times. The only option I was able to choose was the color. I got white. It's a matte pearl white which looks great and very well resists fingerprints. No where in the product description was I told that this netbook belongs to something Asus calls the "Flare Series", and I picked this model carefully. That may or may not have been useful to me before buying the thing. I think I paid right around $300 for this netbook, counting the very nice neoprene case that I included in the shipment, and not counting the SSD and RAM upgrades I also included.
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