PC Nextday Fizzbook review

£293
Price when reviewed

The Fizzbook is essentially Intel’s Classmate PC, which – unlike all the other machines here- is aimed squarely at children, with an emphasis on ruggedness and practicality rather than svelte lines.

PC Nextday Fizzbook review

In fact, it measures 42mm from top to bottom, around 1cm thicker than most other netbooks here, but this is to help protect components if and when it’s maltreated. It’s also been drop tested to a height of 60cm, while the integrated handle makes it easy for children to carry from room to room. This makes the Fizzbook reminiscent of the “first laptops” you find in toy shops, but make no mistake – this is a fully fledged PC.

It’s powered by the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom found in most netbooks, and with Windows XP Home installed and a 30GB hard disk in place it can cope with any mainstream task. Wireless is the standard 802.11bg offering, while battery life is a respectable 3hrs 57mins.

The keyboard is arguably less vital in achild-targeted netbook, but even very small fingers will have trouble hunting and pecking due to the size of the keys – it’s a shame the Fizzbook doesn’t take advantage of the chassis’ full width.

At least the trackpad is nice and large, while the 8.9in screen is bright and vibrant. It’s also alittle grainy, like most netbooks, but that didn’t cause us problems while web browsing.

In many ways, the Fizzbook is an adult PC dressed up in child’s clothing, and at £255 exc VAT it’s a little overpriced. If you’re intending to buy for children, though, its added robustness still makes it a sensible choice.

Warranty

Warranty 2 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 238 x 195 x 42mm (WDH)
Weight 1.410kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Atom N270
RAM capacity 1.00GB
Memory type DDR2
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 1

Screen and video

Screen size 8.9in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,024
Resolution screen vertical 600
Resolution 1024 x 600
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 950
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 30GB
Hard disk usable capacity 28GB
Optical disc technology None
Optical drive None
Battery capacity 4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support no
Integrated 3G adapter no

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader no
MMC (multimedia card) reader no
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.3mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 3hr 57min
3D performance (crysis) low settings Fail
3D performance setting Fail

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows XP Home
OS family Windows XP
Software supplied Ability Office 5, Windows Live OneCare

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