BenQ Joybook 5000U

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BenQ Joybook 5000U

Get it all. The latest Intel Centrino mobile computing technology for wireless networking when and where you want. See it all. A 6-hours battery life ...

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Review of "BenQ Joybook 5000U"

published 21/12/2006 | chappy81
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"Benq Joybook Review"

This laptop is a great compromise of performance, battery life, features and size.

Firstly, being a 14.1" Model, it is noticeably more compact than comparable 15" and 15.4" widescreen models. The TFT Screen is clear and sharp, and perfectly suitable for all windows applications.

The standard out-of-the box specs of this machine are quite reasonable, with 256Mb DDR Ram, 30GB Hard Disk Drive, CD-RW/DVD-ROM Drive and wireless connectivity as well as traditional networking features. The Processor is a Centrino class Pentium M (Mobile) 1.4Ghz. The real benefit of such a chip is the power saving features. Most wireless notebooks utilising other processors will chew through the batteries in a matter of a couple of hours, but this little beauty will hold charge even with wireless switched on for up to 6, yes that's right six hours! this thing is a must if you are looking for a truly portable office solution.

Talking about the initial specs, the only thing I would encourage you to upgrade is the RAM, another 256 will be plenty for windows XP Pro(included in the package) and is easily self installed with the removal of just one screw. If you wanted to upgrade further, the laptop can handle up to 1Gb (2x512).

The inbuilt Wireless controller is an Intel 802.11b Module, allowing for wireless speeds up to 11Mbps. If you prefer you can use the inbult Wired Ethernet port offering 10/100Mbps, or if you do not have a network available the Laptop comes with a built in 56K Modem (Fax).

Portability is a huge strong point with this laptop, further enhanced by its expansion ports, these include 2xPCMCIA Ports, a Memory Card/SD Card Reader and of course several USB Ports. Also included are a VGA out, and S-video out to connect to your TV.

As this PC is aimed towards office/student use, the inbuilt video card is an onboard Intel Variety, offering substantial performance in windows. It utilises shared memory so gaming is a little out of the question. The sound card is quite reasonable, offering neat stereo sound via front mounted speakers, as well as mic/headphone ports.

The general look and feel of this Laptop is excellent, with stylish silver plastic, and chromed buttons. Blue LED's for status lights certainly add to the effect, and at 2.4Kg it is quite a light PC to carry around. Benq is even kind enough to include a simple Polypropene (Think Wetsuit material) Slim Case for a little extra protection on the road.

The included software is excellent, Windows XP Professional, NTI-CD Maker, Cyberlink DVD Viewer and maker, and Ulead Photo software. There is also some proprietary Q-music, and Q-Media software which help utilise hot keys and provide a worthy alternative to the windows media suite.

A truly complete package, well assembled by Benq, great portability, lightweight, stylish and great software selection truly make this an ideal choice. One of my favourite laptops thus far.

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Product Information : BenQ Joybook 5000U

Manufacturer's product description

Get it all. The latest Intel Centrino mobile computing technology for wireless networking when and where you want. See it all. A 6-hours battery life means the pleasure lasts longer. Do it all. A slimmer and lighter design matches your on-the-go, never slow lifestyle. With the Joybook 5000U, you can easily integrate data from your digital camera, PDA, mobile phone, and other devices into your digital lifestyle without worrying about compatibility problems. A superior industrial design. A contoured organic shape. A striking silver-and-aqua color scheme. The Joybook 5000U's customized design makes it great to use, great to look at.

Product Details

Product Description: BenQ Joybook 5000U - 14.1" - Pentium M - Win XP Pro - 256 MB RAM - 30 GB HDD

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Win XP Pro

Processor: Intel Pentium M 1.4 GHz

Memory: 256 MB DDR

Storage: 30 GB HDD

Optical Drive: CD-RW / DVD

Display: 14.1" 1024 x 768 / XGA

Graphics: Intel Extreme Graphics 2

Networking: 802.11b , 10/100 Ethernet , fax / modem

Battery: Up to 6 hours

Dimensions (WxDxH): 32 cm x 26.5 cm x 3.1 cm

Weight: 2.4 kg


MPN: 98.K06C1.U20

System Type: Notebook

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Pentium M 1.4 GHz

Chipset: Intel 855GM

Platform Technology: Intel Centrino


RAM: 256 MB

Max RAM Supported: 1 GB

Technology: DDR SDRAM


Main Storage: 30 GB HDD

Optical Drive: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo


Type: 14.1"

Resolution: 1024 x 768 ( XGA )

Widescreen: No

Audio & Video

Graphics Processor: Intel Extreme Graphics 2

Sound: Stereo speakers


Type: Keyboard, touchpad


Wireless: 802.11b

Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet


Technology: Lithium Ion

Run Time: Up to 6 hours

Connections & Expansion

Slots: 2 x PC Card ( 2 free ) ¦ Memory

Interfaces: 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) ¦ 3 x USB 2.0 - 4 PIN USB Type A ¦ 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ¦ 1 x modem - phone line - RJ-11 ¦ 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x display / video - S-video output - 4 PIN mini-DIN ¦ 1 x headphones - output - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ¦ 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5mm ¦ 1 x infrared - IrDA

Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card, Memory Stick )


Software Included: Trend Micro PC Cillin, CyberLink PowerDirector, Ulead Photo Explorer, NTI CD-Maker, QMusic, Q-Media


Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 32 cm

Depth: 26.5 cm

Height: 3.1 cm

Weight: 2.4 kg


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