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Vye Jolibook review

An easy-to-use machine that's ideal for the less experienced laptop buyer

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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For

  • Good operating system
  • Solid build quality
  • Battery life
  • Performance

Against

  • Graphics performance
  • Gaudy cartoon design

Vye is best known for its uniquely featured yet high-priced netbooks and is now the first to release a machine built around the Jolicloud operating system (OS). The Jolibook provides a great alternative to the current glut of Windows-based mini laptops.

The first thing that stands out is its garish style. With a gaudy cartoon design on the lid, it immediately sets the Jolibook out as a machine better suited to younger members of the family.

The lid is pleasingly hard-wearing and the contrasting black interior tones things down slightly, while hiding dirt and smudges well. Weighing just 1.3kg, the slim chassis is very easy to carry during the day.

Unfortunately, the large battery protrudes 25mm from the rear, which adds bulk to the machine and could easily be damaged by playful children. Despite its size, battery life is average at just over four hours.

Usability is excellent. The spacious, isolation-style keyboard is firmly fixed to the chassis and responds smoothly, quietly and accurately. The textured touchpad is equally responsive and usable, but we found the single, dual-click mouse button to be awkward to respond at times.

A real strength of this netbook is its vibrant 10.1-inch screen. The glossy Super-TFT coating is less reflective than others we've seen and brings images to vivid life.

Of course, the key selling point is the excellent Jolicloud OS. While the easy-to-use Linux-based software is not revolutionary in its design, the simple icon and tab-based interface is very easy to use and accessible for even the youngest (or oldest) laptop user.

Packed with free open-source software, including a full office suite, you have everything you need to get started. Hundreds more free tools can be added with ease via the online apps store.

Atom processor

In terms of hardware, a dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor runs the system with suitable, if unexceptional, speed, while the 250GB hard drive provides average storage space for your data.

Unfortunately we were unable to benchmark the Jolibook due to a lack of testing software for the Jolicloud OS.

802.11n Wi-Fi provides high-speed wireless connections and 10/100 Ethernet providing fixed connectivity. Bluetooth and an 8-in-1 card reader are also in place for easily sharing and accessing data wirelessly or via storage cards.

Overall, the Vye Jolibook is a comfortable and easy-to-use machine that is perfectly tailored to the less experienced laptop user.

It should be noted, however, that the Jolicloud OS can be downloaded free online, so if the price or garish design don't appeal, you could buy a netbook more to your taste or budget and create your own Jolibook with ease.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity80 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
WebcamYes
Processor ModelZ520
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows XP Home
Brand NameVye
Processor Speed1.33 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)820 g
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
64-bit ProcessingNo
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelUS15W
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Height33 mm
Width189 mm
Depth155 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerVye Computers
Product ModelSC3-GB
Product NameSC3-GB Netbook
Pointing Device TypePointer, TouchPad
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberSC3-GB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.vyepc.com
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • SC3-GB Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed533 MHz