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Vye Jolibook review

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Price when reviewed : £280
inc VAT

Kitsch styling and a unique take on the operating system, but there are similarly-priced netbooks that are easier to use and also come with Windows.


10.1 in 1,024×600 display, 1.4kg, 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550, 1.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Linux (Jolicloud)

We don’t often see a lot of variety when reviewing netbooks, as they all have similar components and near identical performance. The Vye Jolibook is a welcome change of pace; the hardware might be fairly standard but its Linux-based operating system stands out from the competition – and not just for its fun cartoon-adorned lid.

Vye Jolibook

Based on Ubuntu, arguably the most user-friendly version of linux, the Jolicloud OS uses an incredibly minimal custom interface centred on multiple home screens. Each one looks more like a smartphone than a computer desktop, with each large shortcut icon linking to one of the built-in applications.

OpenOffice, VLC media player and the Chromium web browser are all pre-installed, or you can add other software using the free app store. Many of the pre-installed apps are actually web shortcuts that link to popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter. There’s also a refreshing lack of bloatware that’s usually pre-installed on Windows-based machines. An anti-virus suite isn’t included, but as the Jolibook uses Linux there’s very little chance of picking up malware while browsing. The entire operating system syncs to online storage, so you can access your shortcuts and settings from any Jolibook, or any PC using Google Chrome.

Jolicloud OS desktop

The Jolicloud interface is ideally suited to use with a touchscreen, but the Jolibook is limited to keyboard and touchpad inputs. Larger hands will find it difficult to type on the keyboard as each key is very small and they are grouped closely together. The tiny touchpad is also difficult to use and flexes dramatically when applying pressure. The typing position is surprisingly comfortable, due to the way the cylindrical six-cell battery protrudes from the back of the otherwise slim netbook body.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Atom N550
Processor clock speed 1.5GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 1
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 19x266x185mm
Weight 1.4kg
Sound Intel HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 10.1 in
Native resolution 1,024×600
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3150
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 250GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g/n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Linux (Jolicloud)
Operating system restore option burn own restore disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £280

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