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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)

Like most netbooks, the Jolibook is powered by an Intel Atom processor. The dual-core Atom N550 runs at 1.5GHz and is suitable for most basic tasks, but more intensive applications will suffer with a meagre 1GB of memory. Despite this, the operating system was very responsive in everyday use, running several applications at once without slowing down. It’s also powerful enough to play high definition video, albeit only at 720p. The low-power components helped it achieve six hours in our light-use battery test, which is a respectable time for a netbook.

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Image quality on the 10.1in glossy display was disappointing; brightness was decent but viewing angles are very limited. It also can feel rather cramped when browsing the internet on the 1,024×600 screen resolution. The two downward-facing speakers are very weak and tinny, so a pair of headphones is a must for watching video or listening to music.

The Jolibook is a very simple netbook that’s great for checking email and browsing the internet, but its usefulness is limited if you need to do more. Because it’s a Linux-based system you’ll have to run software designed for Windows through the WINE emulator, but compatibility with every program isn’t guaranteed. Packard Bell’s refreshed Dot S comes with Windows and costs just £20 more, letting you install the free Jolicloud OS yourself.

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Basic Specifications

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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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