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BenQ Joybook S72 Centrino (Intel 915PM)
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Vijay Anand on Sunday, 15th May, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars   (Most Value For Money Award)

Still Wide, Still Beautiful

If there were an aspect that BenQ has gotten right with their new Joybook S72, it would most definitely be the notebook's build quality. Protected by a skin of magnesium alloy all around, the new Joybook S72 feels solidly assembled with no audible hint of chassis stress at all and is, quite assumingly, a notebook that should stand up well to the rigors of daily handling with minimal fuss. Apart from lending a hand in the build department, the properties of magnesium alloy have also benefited the notebook's dimensions in the same way as they did for the older Joybook 7000 in maintaining a metallic yet slim profile. As far as first impression goes, we are pleased to find the S72 adopting the same sophisticated styling and build quality. In fact, the S72 is based entirely on the same chassis as the Joybook 7000, so much so that all details are completely identical right down to the fastener level.

BenQ Joybook S72

Being a new model that is based on the updated "Sonoma" platform, the Joybook S72 does present a set of technical improvements over the aging Joybook 7000. The processor, though still a "Dothan" variant, is now a Pentium M processor with a processor side bus or front side bus (FSB) operating at a faster 533MHz and not the slower 400MHz of the Pentium M 715 1.5GHz found in the Joybook 7000. This seemingly trivial 133MHz difference in FSB between the two notebooks actually represents a very significant increase in the overall data throughput and firmly places the
Joybook S72 as the superior notebook of the two in general computing performance, which we'll highlight more in the test results section.

Front View – (Infrared port)

Left Profile – (left to right: Power jack, RJ-11 modem phone jack, WiFi switch, USB port, mini-DV FireWire 400 port, PCMCIA slot and 4-in-1 card reader)

Right Profile – (left to right: Earphone jack, MIC-in jack, USB port, Super MULTI drive and Kensington slot)

Rear View – (left to right: 2 x USB ports, Analog RGB port, S-Video out and RJ-45 Ethernet jack)

BenQ Joybook S72 Technical Specifications
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Pentium M processor 740 @ 1.73GHz with 2MB On-Die L2 cache (Dothan)
  • Mobile Intel 915PM Express chipset
Operation System
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
  • Insyde Software Corporation v1.08
  • Supports floppy disk, hard disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI Zip and LS-120 boot
System Memory
  • 512MB DDR2
  • 2 x DDR2 SO-DIMM Slots for 2GB memory maximum
  • 14-inch WXGA wide-screen TFT (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • 200 nits brightness
Video Expansion
  • 1 x 15-pin D-sub Video Out
  • 1 x Digital Video Interface (DVI)
  • 1 x S-Video TV-out
  • Hitachi Travelstar PATA 5K80 (HTS548060M9AT00)
  • 60GB
  • 5,400RPM
  • 8MB Buffer
Optical Drive
  • Panasonic Super MULTI Drive UJ-831S
  • DVD-ROM Read: 8x
  • CD-ROM Read: 24x
  • CD-R Write: 24x
  • CD-RW Write: 10x
  • DVD±R Write: 8x
  • DVD±RW Write: 4x
  • DVD+R DL Write: 2.4x
  • Agere Systems AC'97 Modem
  • SMC Fast Infrared Port
Network Connections
  • Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet NIC
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200bg (802.11b/g) Wireless LAN
  • Full-duplex 16-bit stereo speaker
  • Compatible with AC97 2.2
I/O Port
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 X IEEE 1394 port
  • 1 x PCMCIA
  • 1 x Onboard Microphone
  • 1 x Microphone in
  • 1 x Headphone out
  • 1 x RJ11 modem jack
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet jack
Card Reader
  • 1 x 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro)
Dimension & Weight
  • 341 x 243x 24.5 mm (W x D x H)
  • 2.1kg
  • BenQ Q-Media Bar
  • BenQ Qmusic
  • BenQ Qcamera
  • BenQ QPower
  • Power Director 3.0
  • Nero Express 6.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0
  • Smart Manager 1.0
  • Hot Key Manager
  • Kensington Security Lock
  • BIOS (Password Security-Supervisor Password/User Password)

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