The world may be lining up at Apple stores to get its hands on the new iPad, but that hasn't stopped Asus from rolling out a new series of netbooks for the small minority of folks who'd rather have one than a tablet. (Yes, I know, there are a few of you out there.)
The Eee PC 1025 Flare family comes with a new Intel "Cedar Trail" Atom CPU and the usual low-level specs we've come to expect from a netbook. While running Windows 7, the Flare also has Instant On technology that rouses it from sleep mode in a mere 2 seconds. Presumably its "Flare" comes from the 11 different color choices available, including pink and purple.
So how does the $299 system perform? Our sister site CNET already has a review posted, and it's the middling score that a netbook would receive circa 2012. Despite great battery life, the Flare suffers from sluggish performance and an outdated design.
With consumers embracing tablets for Web surfing and the like, and Ultrabooks continuing to drop in price, it looks like time is up for the netbook in nearly all cases. Someone might want to send the memo to Asus.