PC Nextday Fizzbook review

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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.


Warranty2 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions238 x 195 x 42mm (WDH)

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Atom N270
RAM capacity1.00GB
Memory typeDDR2
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size8.9in
Resolution screen horizontal1,024
Resolution screen vertical600
Resolution1024 x 600
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 950
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0


Hard disk usable capacity28GB
Optical disc technologyNone
Optical driveNone
Battery capacity4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed100Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportno
Integrated 3G adapterno

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readerno
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.3mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use3hr 57min
3D performance (crysis) low settingsFail
3D performance settingFail

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows XP Home
OS familyWindows XP
Software suppliedAbility Office 5, Windows Live OneCare

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