Kohjinsha SC3-VB review

£600
Price when reviewed

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.

Kohjinsha SC3-VB review

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

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 190 x 155 x 36mm (WDH)
Weight 790g
Travelling weight 1.2kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Atom Z520
RAM capacity 1.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 1

Screen and video

Screen size 7.0in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,024
Resolution screen vertical 600
Resolution 1024 x 600
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 500
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 80GB
Hard disk usable capacity 74GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA
Optical disc technology N/A
Optical drive N/A
Battery capacity 2,600mAh
Replacement battery price ex VAT £50
Replacement battery price inc VAT £58

Networking

Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support no
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 1
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 2
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel 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
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad, touchscreen
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no

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

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