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Benq Joybook Lite U121 Eco


Benq Joybook Lite U121 Eco
Benq Joybook Lite U121 Eco
Intel Atom Z520 1 x 1.3 GHz, Silverthorne
11.60 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, glossy: yes
1.3 kg ( = 45.86 oz / 2.87 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
750 Euro



Average Score: 69.33% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 70%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 70%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Benq Joybook Lite U121 Eco

60% BenQ Joybook Lite U121 ECO
Source: English version
At an MRP of Rs. 26,750, this model is pricey, no doubt about it. Yes, the keyboard is the top percentile in terms of quality and comfort, but so much premium especially for a slower processor in the form of the Z520, is not warranted. The battery performance is again very impressive at 8 hours 33 minutes of normal usage, and also the screen is 11.6 inches bigger than most netbooks. The GMA 500 graphics chipset can decode H.264, so that's one more plus point.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
78% Benq Joybook Lite U121
Source: PC World India English version
For Rs. 22,990, the Benq Joybook Lite U121 is cheaper than a 10-inch netbook--the HP Mini 110-1018tu we reviewed last month, for example. Yet it offers larger screen and keyboard in comparison, and considerably better battery life. This isn't quite the best 11.6-inch netbook out there, but still a pretty sweet deal.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 78%
70% BenQ Joybook Lite U121 Eco netbook
Source: Good Gear Guide English version

BenQ's Joybook Lite U121 Eco is more than a typical netbook. It has a large 11.6in screen with a 1366x768 resolution, and this has allowed BenQ to install a full-sized keyboard on the wider chassis. The Joybook Lite U121 Eco is a good option for anyone who wants a big netbook with long battery life. It has an 11.6in screen and a mostly full-sized keyboard, and a 6-cell battery. However, its build quality could be better and we'd like BenQ to include options for a 3G module and a solid state drive.

Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Benq Joybook Lite U121, why it should be on your netbook shortlist
Source: PC Authority English version
We saw Benq's first entrant into the netbook market, the U100, and were impressed both with its performance and battery life. Now BenQ has brought out it's older sibling, and again there's a lot to like here. The only real complaint we have is the size - at 1.4kg it's one of the heaviest on test, and while it's slender, it feels more like a regular laptop, without the power. Regardless, it's worth the price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/14/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 70% mobility: 60%

Foreign Reviews

BenQ Joybook Lite U121 Eco
Source: Tambah ID→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/12/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500: Integrated (onboard) graphics chip on the UL11L, US15L, and US15W chipsets with a licensed PowerVR SGX core. DirectX 10.1 support but because of low clock rates (100-200 MHz UL11L - US15) and only 4 shaders not suited for 3D games. The integrated video decoder accelerates the playback of HD videos (MPEG2, VC-1, AVC).

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).


Power efficient single core CPU with a very low performance. Offers more features (power saving, VT-x) than the N series Atoms.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This is a standard display format for tablet computers or small convertibles. You see more on the screen than on a smartphone but you can't use big resolutions well. On the other hand, mobility is not a problem.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

69.33%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2009-09- 6 (Update: 2012-05-26)