Kohjinsha SC3-VB review
If you’ve always wanted a Tablet PC that could fit in your hand, then the Kohjinsha is just that. It somehow manages to squeeze a 7in touchscreen into a chassis weighing just 790g.
The build quality is far from lightweight and it might not be pretty – the black and sliver two-tone design looks cheap and dated – but the all-important swivel hinge feels solid and the chassis is rigid in all the right places.
Switch it on, though, and things swiftly start to go downhill. Microsoft’s Vista Business might be better suited to tablet duties than XP, but it isn’t the ideal companion for Intel’s Z520 processor. Its lowly 1.3GHz clockspeed means operation is sluggish at best; a result of 0.23 in our application benchmarks is almost half that of other, far cheaper, netbooks.
Battery life is limp, too. Thanks to its small three-cell battery, the Kohjinsha couldn’t even manage three hours of light use. Start to use it in anger, and you can expect battery life to dwindle to little more than an hour.
And, while it might look cute, it isn’t very usable. The keyboard is tiny, with a cramped layout and small keys slowing typing to an absolute crawl. The touchscreen is nippy and responsive, which comes as some consolation, but even then the tiny screen means that some on-screen elements are too small to easily manipulate with a finger.
As netbooks have grown in size, they’ve lost some of their original appeal as truly pint-sized portables. Kohjinsha’s SC3-VB goes some way towards redressing the balance but, at £618 exc VAT, it’s a netbook with delusions of grandeur.
|Warranty||1 yr return to base|
|Dimensions||190 x 155 x 36mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||Intel Atom Z520|
|SODIMM sockets free||0|
|SODIMM sockets total||1|
Screen and video
|Resolution screen horizontal||1,024|
|Resolution screen vertical||600|
|Resolution||1024 x 600|
|Graphics chipset||Intel GMA 500|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||1|
|Hard disk usable capacity||74GB|
|Internal disk interface||SATA|
|Optical disc technology||N/A|
|Replacement battery price ex VAT||£50|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£58|
|Wired adapter speed||100Mbits/sec|
|802.11 draft-n support||no|
|Wireless hardware on/off switch||no|
|PC Card slots||0|
|USB ports (downstream)||2|
|PS/2 mouse port||no|
|9-pin serial ports||0|
|Optical S/PDIF audio output ports||0|
|Electrical S/PDIF audio ports||0|
|3.5mm audio jacks||2|
|SD card reader||yes|
|Memory Stick reader||yes|
|MMC (multimedia card) reader||no|
|Smart Media reader||no|
|Compact Flash reader||no|
|Pointing device type||Touchpad, touchscreen|
|Camera megapixel rating||0.3mp|
Battery and performance tests
|Battery life, light use||2hr 54min|
|Overall application benchmark score||0.23|
Operating system and software
|Operating system||Windows Vista Business|
|OS family||Windows Vista|