Even back in the days when netbooks where the next hot piece of technology, there was a lot of debate whether bigger than 10 inch mini laptops are actually called netbooks or not. Back them I decided to call 11.6+ inch devices budget ultra-portables, and with that in mind, today we’re going to talk about such a computer: the Asus EEE PC 1225C.
This is a close relative to the EEE PC 1225B we tested a couple of weeks ago, but while that one came with AMD hardware, this one is built on Intel’s CedarTrail Atom. It’s in fact the same platform you’ll find on smaller 10 inch netbooks these days, that’s why we could say the 1025C is a “bigger netbook”.
In this post we’re going to take just a quick look at the laptop, as I unbox it (there’s a video bellow) and share some of my first impressions on it. Of course, since this laptop is not yet available in stores, we’re dealing with a pre-production sample, thus some of the final features might be slightly different. And, knowing Asus, they will offer different configurations based on your country, so the 1225C you might find at your local Best Buy (or whatever) might not be 100% identical to the one here.
— Update: You should also check out my full review of the Asus EEE PC 1225C that I posted here on the site in the meantime.
Anyway, let’s see what we’re dealing with here. The 1225C is an 11.6 inch budget ultra-portable, part of the new Asus EEE PC Flare line. It looks identical to the 1225B I tested before, with some exceptions: the test unit I got comes in Black and offers a glossy finish for the lid cover. A plastic glossy finish, the kind that catches fingerprints and smudges like crazy. On a first look though, the plastic feels like it’s somewhat treated against scratches, it feels more metallic than the plastic on the old Asus EEE PCs used to feel (like on the 1215N, if you remember that one), but this might be just a mirage.
The bottom is covered in that textured plastic we knew from the Asus 12xx series before and the sides come with chromed edges, a trademark of the EEE PC Flare line.
Opening the lid, you get the black metal interior, a full-size keyboard and a glossy screen. My unit get’s the US keyboard layout, with the bigger left SHIFT, but you still get that extra column of keys in the right, which I for one resent. The trackpad is not the one I saw on the 1225B, but an over sized version of the trackpad present on the 1025C/1025CE Flare lines: that means that it has a physical click button, but we’ll have to wait and see how good the touchpad and the button are during everyday use. I’ll let you know in my review.
Inside, this test unit of mine comes with an Intel Atom N2600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 320 GB HDD and Windows 7 Home Premium, but to be frank, I’m surprised Asus din not squeeze at least a faster N2800 processor in there. I mean, they put the N2600 on their cheapest netbook, the X101CH, they could have put something better here as I’m pretty sure this one is not going to cut it, performance wise. We’ll see.
More details in the unboxing video bellow:
All in all, I knew the 1025C was going to be an underpowered mini laptop and I don’t dig the glossy hood and display. However, I was actually expecting it to be cheap, but based on what I know right now, I was wrong. The 1225C is expected to land in my country by late March and it’s only going to be about $30 cheaper than the 1225B (the equivalent of $30 here). That would lead to a price tag of $400 -$420 when it reaches the States, and while having that Atom platform inside will ensure long battery life (once again, we’ll see if this proves true or not), I doubt many will turn towards this unit, when for only a bit of extra cash you can get the faster, matte and overall better unit, the Asus 1225B.
But look for the review, it should come by late next week, and by then I’ll be able to tell you more about this Asus EEE PC 1225C.
Update: Here’s the review for the Asus 1225C, with video, benchmarks, pictures and all the goodies. Check it out!