BenQ Australia Joybook R55VU

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
BenQ Australia Joybook R55VU
  • BenQ Australia Joybook R55VU
  • BenQ Australia Joybook R55VU
  • BenQ Australia Joybook R55VU
  • Expert Rating

    3.00 / 5

Pros

  • Good battery life, excellent display

Cons

  • Performance slightly disappointing

Bottom Line

An excellent display and reasonably good battery life make the BenQ Joybook R55VU a decent option for those after a media notebook, but do note that its performance indicates it isn't up to more demanding tasks.

Would you buy this?

Sporting a metallic blue colour scheme and a 15.4in widescreen display, BenQ's Joybook R55VU is an average but not outstanding entry level notebook. Its specifications are quite low end and it offers performance to match, but the big screen and relatively impressive battery life make it a decent alternative for those who want to watch media on the road.

The R55VU is an entry-level unit, illustrated by its 1.73GHz Intel T2250 Core 2 Duo processor, 1GB of RAM and onboard Intel graphics processor. These specifications aren't anything special although they will adequately run most basic desktop and office tasks.

The score of 62 in our World Bench 6 test is not unexpected. World Bench tests a machine by running it through a suite of basic applications designed to simulate an average workload. This score is a little below what we were anticipating, but not by much. It shows that while regular office applications will run fine on this system, more complex tasks such as encoding should be taken elsewhere. Similarly, with only onboard graphics, the R55VU won't be running any of the latest games.

The R55VU performed considerably better in terms of battery life. We performed our standard battery run down, which involves looping a DVD movie, with sound playing, until the battery is exhausted. This is extremely demanding as it utilises the core components of the system, as well as the screen and speakers. The R55VU lasted 110 minutes in this test, which is just about enough to watch a full length feature film.

The other selling point of this unit is its 15.4in widescreen display. It is an excellent quality screen, offering bright, vibrant colours and good black levels. We found the viewing angle to be particularly noteworthy, and this is great for media watching, as it means multiple people can watch films on the display at once.

While the performance related specifications might be a little light, be sure to note that BenQ hasn't skimped in other areas. All the usual connectivity options are present, including four USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, line-in and line-out connections as well as VGA and S-Video for external monitor or projector connection. For networking there is a gigabyte Ethernet port, 56k modem, and both Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11 a/b/g wireless support.

Also included is an 80GB, 5400RPM hard drive, and if you manage to fill that up a DVD-RW drive is present to help burn your data to disc. As with most modern notebooks, the R55VU comes with a copy of Windows Vista Business Edition.

Aesthetically, the R55VU is quite nice, with a slightly unusual blue/silver colour scheme. It looks good and should suit those after a slightly more 'fun' styled device. The keyboard is well spaced out and comfortable to type on and we found the touchpad to be responsive. There are three shortcut keys in the top left hand corner, next to the power button; one for email, one for the internet browser and one to switch wireless on and off.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?