Benq Joybook Lite U121, why it should be on your netbook shortlist

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Benq Joybook Lite U121, why it should be on your netbook shortlist
Rating
Overall:

It’s lovely to look at, with a full size keyboard and glorious screen. See why the Benq Joybook Lite U121 is one of the best rated in our latest netbook roundup

Battery Life:
5
Features & Design:
5
Value for money:
4
Price
Price: $780
> Pricing info
Specs
Price 780
CPU model/brand Intel Atom Z530
CPU speed 1.33GHz

We saw Benq's first entrant into the netbook market, the U100, and were impressed both with its performance and battery life. Now BenQ has brought out it's older sibling, and again there's a lot to like here.

The U121 is on the larger side of the netbook market: one of the 11.6in models we've seen arrive alongside the Eee PC 1101. It features a deep blue metallic-look lid, and brushed-metal look chassis. It doesn't quite pull it off, but it's still an attractive machine. It's solid, too: there's little flex in the chassis or screen, and the battery is large enough to add stability to the base without bulging.

The 16:9 widescreen 1366 x 768 display advertises itself as "UltraVivid". We were pleased with the brightness and colour accuracy, but there was a degree of graininess and a narrow viewing angle that detracts from its otherwise excellent appearance, but won't impede too much.

There's no disappointment in the keyboard or trackpad, however. The keyboard is 95% full-size, and all keys are well-sized. We'd like a little more travel on the keys, but they are crisp and comfortable to use for extended periods. The trackpad features a single button and slightly roughened brushed-metal surface which is pleasingly accurate and very comfortable to use.

Battery life for the Joybook is also excellent, notching up over nine hours in our light use test, and an impressive four and a half hours even with the CPU at full throttle.

The only real complaint we have is the size - at 1.4kg it's one of the heaviest on test, and while it's slender, it feels more like a regular laptop, without the power. Regardless, it's worth the price.

This Review appeared in the October, 2009 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine

Source: Copyright © PC Pro, Dennis Publishing

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Comments: 2
technojunkie
14 September 2009
Why are all the articles on netbooks about their looks, weight & battery life? How about testing whether the netbook actually works!I not interested in how the netbook looks more about what the features are on the netbook - hard drive size/type. how many usb ports are there/type, what operating system does it run, wireless capabilities , optical drive, card readers, printer and other hardware compatibilities, screen size/ resolution, value for money etc


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Benq Joybook Lite U121, why it should be on your netbook shortlist?
It’s lovely to look at, with a full size keyboard and glorious screen. See why the Benq Joybook Lite U121 is one of the best rated in our latest netbook roundup

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Slatts
14 September 2009
specification tab wrote:
Price 780
CPU model/brand Intel Atom Z530
CPU speed 1.33GHz
Hard drive capacity 160GB
Internal optical drive No
Graphics type Integrated
Graphics Intel GMA 500
Screen size 11.6in
Screen resolution 1366x768
Weight 1.45kg
Operating system Windows XP Home
Manufacturer Benq
Supplier Benq

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