PC Nextday Fizzbook review
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.
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||2 yr return to base|
|Dimensions||238 x 195 x 42mm (WDH)|
Processor and memory
|Processor||Intel Atom N270|
|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 950|
|VGA (D-SUB) outputs||1|
|Hard disk usable capacity||28GB|
|Optical disc technology||None|
|Replacement battery price inc VAT||£0|
|Wired adapter speed||100Mbits/sec|
|802.11 draft-n support||no|
|Integrated 3G adapter||no|
|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|
|Pointing device type||Touchpad|
|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|