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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  

Maintaining the Formula

Bearing many similarities with its predecessors in terms of build, styling and user ergonomics, the Joybok S53W is BenQ's latest attempt in crafting a notebook that boasts a fresh identity. Designed for the trend conscious consumers, it differs from most conventional business notebooks. Encased in white with rounded edges and a chic design, the BenQ Joybook S53W is almost certain to attract a lot of attention from young executives, particularly those who are just embarking on their careers with not much cash to splurge on notebooks such as a brand new Sony VAIO TX for example. This is not to say that the next best thing is a BenQ Joybook S53W. Instead, what we are conveying is the stylish design element shared by both notebook series, which is a stark contrast to the bland facade of most conventional business notebooks available in the market.

BenQ Joybook S53W

Even when loaded with a 6-cell battery pack, the BenQ Joybook S53W is only weighs 2.1kg, making it just about lightweight enough to be considered as a notebook with good portability. Weight aside, the Joybook S53W comes standard with a 13.0-inch WXGA TFT LCD panel whose native resolution is rated for 1280 x 768 pixels, which is exactly the same panel found on its predecessor, the Joybook S52W. Another design highlight brought over to the succeeding Joybook S53W is the latch-less design where the LCD can be easily flipped up. This is unlike many other modern business notebooks where you still have a hassle of sliding a lever or pushing a button before flipping up the screen.

New to the Joybook S53W however is a faster Intel Pentium M 750 processor running at 1.86GHz and the use of DDR2 memory modules, which spells of a more capable notebook with a higher performance ceiling than the older Joybook S52W that was configured with slower Pentium M processors ranging between 1.6 to 1.73GHz and standard DDR memory modules.

Similar to a number of BenQ Joybooks to have come our way, the chassis of Joybook S53W was manufactured from a combination of high quality materials in the form of magnesium alloy for the exterior skin of the LCD panel and ABS plastic for the housing that holds the notebook together. Due to the choice of these materials, the BenQ Joybook S53W Centrino notebook is one handsome and sturdy product that should handle the rigors of mobile computing comfortably.

Front View – (left to right: Left speaker, Infrared, WiFi switch, earphone jack, microphone jack, 5-in-1 memory card reader and right speaker.)

Left Face – (left to right: 2 x USB 2.0 ports, RJ-45 Ethernet jack, IEEE 1394 mini jack, PCMCIA slot.)

Right Face – (left to right: RJ-11 modem phone jack, Super Multi DVD Writer and analog D-Sub port.)

Rear View – (Power jack and port replicator connector.)

BenQ Joybook S53W Technical Specifications
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Pentium M processor 750 @ 1.86GHz with 2MB On-Die L2 cache (Dothan)
  • Mobile Intel 915PM Express chipset
Operation System
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
  • Phoenix Flash BIOS, supports CD-ROM and USB boot
System Memory
  • 2 x 256MB DDR2
  • 2 x DDR2 SO-DIMM Slots for up to 2GB memory capacity
  • 13.0-inch WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels) TFT LCD Panel with 200nits Brightness
  • Intel GMA 900 Integrated Graphics (up to 128MB VRAM)
  • 1 x 15-pin D-sub Video Out
  • FUJITSU 2.5-inch PATA (MHT2080AH)
  • 80GB
  • 5,400RPM
  • 8MB Buffer
Optical Drive
  • Panasonic UJ-840S Super Multi DVD Writer
  • CD-ROM Read: 24x
  • CD-R Write: 24x
  • CD-RW Write: 24x
  • DVD±R Write: 8x
  • DVD±RW Write: 4x
  • DVD+R DL Write: 2.4x
  • DVD-RAM Write: 5x
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
  • Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
  • Bluetooth
  • Infrared
  • AC97 SoftV92 Data Fax Modem with SmartCP
  • AC'97 Audio
  • Stereo Speakers
I/O Port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 X IEEE 1394 port
  • 1 x Mic-in
  • 1 x Headphone out
  • 1 x RJ11 modem jack
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet jack
Card Reader
  • 1 x 5-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD)
Dimensions & Weight
  • 324 x 227.7 x 24.9 ~ 36.9 mm (W x D x H)
  • 2.1kg
Bundled Software and Accessories
  • BenQ QMedia Bar
  • BenQ QMusic2 / BenQ QPower
  • BenQ QCamera / BenQ QPresentation
  • CyberLink PowerDVD / CyberLink Power Director
  • Photo Explorer
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader v6.0
  • PC-Cilin Anti Virus
  • Nero Express 6.0
  • Kensington Security Lock
  • BIOS (Password Security-Supervisor Password/User Password)

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