Tasco Essentials 10X25 Compact Binocular (Very Affordable)

essentials-10x25Magnification: 10X
Power Variability: Fixed
Objective Diameter: 25 mm
Close Focus Distance: not listed
Dimensions: not listed
Weight: 9.2 ounces
Field of View: 288 feet/1000 yards
Eye Relief/Exit Pupil: not listed/2.5 mm
Optics Coatings: Fully-Coated
Glass: BAK-4
Prism System: Roof
Focus System: Center
Waterproof/Fog-proof: No/No
Eye cups: Fold down
Tripod adaptable: No
Rangefinder: No

Best Uses: Hunting, For the Range, Birdwatching, Wildlife Observation, Event Observation, Sight Seeing

Our Rating: 4.3 Stars

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Tasco 10X25 Binocular Review

This Tasco Essentials 10X25 is their roof prism compact binocular with double hinges for a folding compact design. It has fully coated BAK4 prism lenses with fold down eyecups that barely weigh just over half a pound.

For a compact binocular, this little Tasco has nearly every online reviewer wrapped around its little bino anchor. It has a superb rating with large numbers of reviewers sharing their opinion about it.

For those who doubt the popularity of low budget optics, they’d better beware. Our line-up of Tasco binoculars have smoked out all the phony ones that claim they have it all.

The impressive reviewer base of this compact roof prism bino is what caught my attention and is what will capture the attention of serious future hunters looking for a low budget Tasco binocular.

To see what this little guy is packing, here’s a fully detailed Q&A.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Recreational use
  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Foldable
CONs:
  • Not weatherproof

 

Tasco Essentials 10X25 Binocular Q&A:

What kind of eyecups does this Tasco have?

Unlike some of the other Tascos that have the twist up eyecups, this particular one has the fold down eyecups.

They’re made out of rubber and the whole point is to allow you to get maximum comfort when your brow touches the eyepiece.

If you don’t wear any glasses of any sort, you can keep the eyecups “up” for full comfort and to find that sweet spot with the right amount of eye relief. But, if you do wear glasses, you can fold them down.

While twist up eyecups have quickly become very popular, fold up ones still have their traditional advantages about them.

They’re more impervious to dust, sand, and grit because there’s no threading for it to get in between.

The simple construction of the fold up eyecups keeps water and particles out of the eyepiece and the binocular. So, old-fashioned but practical? Definitely.

 

Are there any other available finishes with this Tasco?

If you’re looking for a fancy, swanky, or bright finish that’s not the typical black, then this is the model you want to buy.

And, let me preface with saying you shouldn’t feel guilty for wanting your bino to look as cool as you do when you hit the dirt.

There’s also a color that will suit everyone’s personal palette. There’s the classic black, pink, red, yellow, green, royal blue, and my personal favorite, the camo.

 

What are the double hinges for?

The double hinges that are attached to the barrels on both sides of the binocular are the points where the barrels can fold inwards. This turns this already small bino into a compact dwarf.

It’s really light weight at 9.2 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand.

It’ll also fit anywhere on your person if you’re wearing typical hunting vests with pockets. Even if you wear it with the neck strap, there’s no neck fatigue at all because it barely weighs anything!

For hunters who are stalking the fields or the woods all day long, this small and nifty bino that your forgetting is on your person will be the one that gets to come along.

Now, you don’t have to leave your other beast of an optic in the truck because it’s too much of a heifer… sound familiar anyone?

 

How much does this compact binocular cost?

Are you ready for it? It costs roughly $25 online. If you bought extras for gifts, you could even get free shipping.

But for roughly $25, you’re not going to find a cheaper binocular than this that wasn’t found in a toy store and the very low price also won this Tasco a spot in our ‘Best Binoculars Under $100’ category, as you can see here.

The only catch to the price tag is when different color finishes are part of the equation. There is a price jump that’s seen between the colors.

 

Is this compact binocular available with a different magnification and objective lens size?

Yes there is. There is the 8X21 and the 12X25 folding compact binoculars.

Other than the consequential varying specs such as the field of view and exit pupil size, they’re all optically and mechanically equivalent to the 10X25.

They’re both more expensive, by a few bucks, than this 10X25, but why the 8X21 is more than the 10X25 is beyond me.

There is also another Tasco roof prism binocular that has the folding design feature, but it’s what you would consider a mid-size bino.

It’s the Tasco Essentials 16X32 and it a low $20.

 

What is the Essentials 12X25 compact binocular?

Okay, I wanted to take a moment and throw in this awesome, compact bino. I would’ve given this baby its own entire review but, a few short words here will suffice.

It has a long distance and high ranging power of 12X that would be excellent for hunters out in the open plains.

The 25 mm objective lens helps to keep this bino light weight at 11 ounces and small in size to keep it within the compact family. While the 12X25 is an excellent way to go, it’s unfortunately not tripod adaptable.

This can be a shame since 12X magnification can create some pretty unsteady viewing.

This doesn’t seem to be a problem though for over 550 reviewers who gave it a 4.2 star rating. To still hit the 4 star range with such high numbers of critics is excellent.

So, if you’re wanting a high-powered, compact, light weight, and affordable binocular, the Essentials 12X25 is your best bet.

Otherwise, the 10X25 has the perfect all-purpose magnification that’ll do exceptionally well for all your hunting needs.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • BAK4 prism glass for excellent image quality
  • Fully-coated lenses for bright and clear images
  • Same model available in 8X21 and 12X25
  • Various color finishes available
  • Extremely budget-friendly binocular
  • Durable fully armored aluminum body for protection in rugged terrain and for secure gripping
  • Backed by Tasco’s Limited Lifetime Guarantee

 

Our Verdict

To glass it up, the Tasco Essentials 10X25 binos are a well-made pair for the price. You really can’t go cheaper than this if you plan on taking the binos seriously. With multiple color finishes to choose from, its versatile size, and cheap price, this is the default-pick binocular for every hunter.

The Simmons FRP ProSport 10X25 and the Barska Colorado 10X25 binoculars are all in and around the same price range and quality. If you wanted to up the ante a little bit more, go with the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 10X25 binoculars which you can check out here. Just be prepared to dish out six times the price for the Bushnell – it’s just the way the market works.

However, Tasco has their reputation for low prices. Bringing things back down into perspective, the Tasco Essentials 12X25 binoculars give you some extra reach when you really need to see fine details. Better yet, it shouldn’t cost you a penny more than what you’d pay for the 10X25 model.

Tasco knows how to appeal to the optic user, not just with the right power and objective platform, but with the right price. That’s what lands them the big draw card at the end of the day.

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