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BenQ Joybook S53W Centrino Notebook
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 30th November, 2005
Rating : 4 out of 5 stars  

White is Still In… Apparently

Having given a thorough and clean white paintjob, it is immediately apparent that the BenQ Joybook S53W is marketed as a lifestyle notebook. The obsession with the cleanliness of white was also extended inwards throughout the entire keyboard and wrist rest area to help project a clean Zen image, allowing it to blend in discreetly with almost any office or home décor.

Other than improvements in the processing and memory components, connectivity options on the Joybook S53W are also worth a mention, particularly in the area of wireless connectivity. Bluetooth and Infrared, both available out of the box, allow handheld devices such as PDA, mobile phones, portable printers and input devices to conduct data handshaking wirelessly. As expected, the Joybook S53W supports both wireless LAN and WAN connections, and depending on the wireless infrastructure in the locality of the notebook, transmission speed can be set to run at either 802.11b (11Mbps) or 802.11g (54Mbps).

It was a tad disappointing to find the Joybook S53W featuring just two measly USB 2.0 ports. In today's usage context, many notebook users usually have two USB devices at minimum connected to their notebooks, namely an external mouse and a thumb drive. It goes without saying that for such users, a USB 2.0 hub is almost certainly needed to accommodate other peripherals such as a printer, synchronization cable for MP3 players/mobile phones and many others. Fortunately for these users, BenQ has made available a compromise in the form of a port replicator for the Joybook S53W and with this, users would at least have an option on hand when more connection ports are needed. Alternatively, users can also opt to purchase an additional PCMCIA USB 2.0 card for more connection headroom, although like the USB hub and port replicator alternatives, the additional gadget count and cost would add on to the initial investment for the Joybook S53W.

A dedicated WiFi switch means it is a lot easier to track the status of the power hungry WiFi connection, especially when using the Joybook S53W with the battery pack as the power source.

A set of CD-ROMs is included for fast system recovery back to its original factory state.

A list of key components as detailed by the Windows Device Manager.

A Super Multi DVD writer gives the Joybook S53W a lot of flexibility in the creation of data or multimedia discs.

Primary storage is provided by an 80GB Fujitsu 2.5-inch PATA hard disk drive.

Nearly all notebooks have an onboard microphone and the Joybook S53W is no exception.

Left profile of the Joybook S53W is a busy landscape of connection ports.

A closer inspection of the WiFi module and DDR2 memory modules.

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