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BenQ Joybook S41

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the performance and portability. The keyboard and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas the size and energy efficiency get mixed views. There are some critical reviews about the battery.

price, design, keyboard, portability, performance


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the BenQ Joybook S41 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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BenQ Joybook S41 -


BenQ's latest Joybook, the S41 leads the company's charge of notebooks refreshed with the Santa Rosa platform. Aided by NVIDIA's DirectX 10 compatible GeForce 8600M GS graphics chipset, this notebook could be one of the bargains of the year.

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BenQ Joybook S41 V18


Alongside the [[prodid:4034]], BenQ's new Joybook S41 (V18) is a pleasant improvement over the previous generation of BenQ notebooks. The new design i...

HDMI, Performance, SRS

No S-Video, Lacking media features to compliment the HDMI port

We like the steps BenQ has taken with its new range, including the HDMI port and a solid component base. We do feel that more could have been added to enhance the media aspect of this powerful machine, but otherwise it's a pleasure to use.

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BenQ Joybook S41


As possibly the only 14.1-inch machine to hold the powerful Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS graphics card, the JoyBook S41 offers fantastic performance for a portable unit. If only it had dedicated multimedia buttons and better internal speakers.

Integrated Webcam ; Powerful graphics performance ; Inexpensive

No multimedia buttons ; Underpowered speakers

Service and Support The JoyBook comes with a two-year local warranty, which includes metropolitan on-site pick up and return within 50km of service agents Australia wide. At BenQ's support Web site, laptop owners can download the latest drivers and...


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BenQ Joybook S41


In today's environment of common notebook components, similar design and open systems, It's difficult to get excited about a notebook. That was until we saw the new BenQ S41 Notebook which quite simply is among the best in the world today.

At a mere $1900 this notebook is pure pedigree, from the design and functionality to the sheer quality of the components. And don't be frightened by the manufacturer, chances are that if you have a Dell or HP notebook, BenQ or one of its subsidiaries...

All this beast needs is another 1GB of RAM on top of the 1GB it comes with and maybe a tie on the power cord so that they wrap up nice and tidy when stuffing into a small bag

Simply among the best we've seen to date. Page: 1 2 3 [4]

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BenQ Joybook S41


Integrated Webcam, Powerful graphics performance, Inexpensive

No multimedia buttons, Underpowered speakers

As possibly the only 14.1-inch machine to hold the powerful Nvidia GeForce 8600M GS graphics card, the JoyBook S41 offers fantastic performance for a portable unit. If only it had dedicated multimedia buttons and better internal speakers.

Consumer review by:

BenQ Joybook S41


I think, this laptop need more fan for nVidia 8600, because the temperature reach 85*C when playing game

cheap and strong, stylish

more hot

Consumer review by:

BenQ Joybook S41


it's absolute laptop i ever had. i bought last month and very satisfied with it.

good at gaming ; nice keyboard ; sound very nice

i think it doesn't have cons ; hehe

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BenQ Joybook S41


Excellent notebook for the price; Have been using mine for a year now. Can play most games at decent quality and fps. battlefield 2 on high runs fine, stalker fine.

Fast, very fast ; Good graphics performance for a laptop ; Small only 2kg ; good screen brightness ; Love the design, many people say they like the look of it

loud, fan runs max most of time. Don't notice when playing games but if typing etc you notice it ; DVD drive can be sensitive; many people have no issue; I have, will be calling in the 2 year warranty so shouldn't be an issue

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BenQ Joybook S41


this laptop is powerful and affordable

over all performent .. Great

Think, other then that still haven't discover

Consumer review by:

BenQ Joybook S41


this laptop is powerful and cheap

great power ; stylish looks ; nice keyboard feel

short battery life ; no multimedia keys

Product Specifications

The BenQ design team brings you the best design by using LCM and POP Art to create a distinctive look and feel that takes the S41 to another level. The sleek silver strip perfectly compliments the smooth black color - a perfect combination of style and technology. With the best-in-class nVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS discrete graphics, Joybook S41 gives you a stunning visual experience. Supporting up to 1 GB TurboCache, Joybook S41 renders the most intense 3D visual effects for today's hottest games. Furthermore, nVIDIA PureVideo HD technology delivers visuals and system performance for you to experience the latest graphics and video features with superb picture clarity and stutter-free playback. Get the best digital video and audio performance with the HDMI output connector. It provides pristine transmission of high-definition digital video and digital audio up to 1080p resolution via a single cable - allowing easy connection of HD enabled equipment such as HD monitor, HD TV, or HD projector for the best multimedia experience. The Joybook S41 uses a 14.1" widescreen with BenQ's patented UltraVivid technology, taking advantage of DBEF (Display Brilliance Enhancement Film) and the world's fastest response time of 16ms. What you get is a superior display. The brightness of the screen is raised delivering crisp and vibrant image quality with accurately rendered details. Get cinema-class audio with the Joybook S41. Featuring SRS TruSurround XT technology, change everything you hear into breathtaking virtual surround sound. Included are SRS TruBass and SRS Dialog Clarity to deliver deep, rich bass and improve dialog intelligibility in movies. And along with exclusive audio processing software, noise and echo is suppressed - providing the best-quality audio whether you're in a videoconference or enjoying your personal entertainment. With ultra-high fidelity dual 1.5-watt speakers positioned just under the screen, video and audio originate from the same area, giving you a more realistic, immersive listening experience. And whether making VoIP calls or recording voice memos, the integrated microphone along the front edge of the keyboard lets you speak at a natural volume and still communicate clearly. Nothing will come between your work and play. Connect to a wide range of networks and peripherals both inside and outside of your home or office with the integrated wireless WAN, 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN or built-in Bluetooth 2.0. Sharing and enjoying your entertainment has never been easier. Built-in with a 1.3 megapixel QEye webcam and an internal mic with noise suppression and echo cancellation functions, the Joybook S41 enables you to engage in real-time sharing and live-video, such as participating in videoconferencing, or providing friends and family with a live broadcast of your life. By clicking the exclusive QShot hotkey, you can easily capture and save images from your desktop, QEye or DVD films. The Joybook S41 leads the way in adopting the latest Intel Centrino Duo processor technology along with the Windows Vista operating system. Incorporated Intel Core2 Duo processor and Intel PM965 Express Chipset ensure operation stays smooth even when numerous applications are open. You can be downloading your entertainment while playing the latest games, or working hard with your favorite tunes playing with no interruptions - giving you a whole new business and entertainment experience. And whether in multimedia applications or digital home features, performance or data security, Windows Vista provides more information in a more intuitive and useful manner on your computer desktop. Adhering to BenQ's dedication to quality, the Joybook S41 is subjected to a battery of 25 tests - including a scratch resistance test, pressure test, hinge test, compatibility test, high and low temperature tests, drop test, vibration test, audio muting test, and EM emissions test - to ensure its quality. That's what it takes to make a notebook as flawless as the Joybook S41.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):2.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:14.1in
Diagonal Size (metric):35.8cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:BenQ Joybook

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad


Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.92
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.8GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:T7100
Type:Core 2 Duo


Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino Duo

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS