Verzio TrueBook N50


Singaporean company Verzio is known for its budget dual-SIM cellphones, camcorders, and cameras in the Philippines, so coming up with a netbook like the TrueBook N50 should come as no surpruse. The question now is, does it give as much bang for your buck as its cousins?


The Verzio TrueBook N50 and the Sony VAIO W: Separated at birth?

Paint it black

With a sleek black, matte-like finish, the N50 doesn't try so hard to impress. The embossed silver Verzio logo, located dead center on the top cover, might in fact have onlookers mistaking it for a Sony VAIO W, but it won't take long before they recognize the difference.

Slide it open, and you get a keypad that's actually decent-looking – nothing remarkable, just easier on the eye than what most budget netbooks offer. Verzio's color palette of choice (black for the pads, white for the primary digits and orange for the function keys) overall gives the N50 a touch of class. The keys feel tight – not too soft, but not like they're going to pop out of the chassis anytime soon.

Brilliant corners

The TrueBook N50 tips the scales at a mere 1.26kg – definitely much less difficult to carry around than the old high-school chemistry book our teacher used to throw at us. And while it may not be the thinnest on the market, it runs aplenty with jacks and ports.

On the left side, there are 2 USB ports; the right side has mic and audio-out jacks, another USB port, a 1x VGA port, and a high-def 2.0 channel audio-support output. A 4-in-1 card reader is also present on the lower right-hand side.

Next: Performance and Verdict

 

Performance
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Value
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Overall
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  • Sleek finish
  • Simple yet elegant keyboard
  • Chock-full of ports and slots
  • 1.3-megapixel camera
  • Light and sturdy build
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  • No preinstalled OS
  • Cellphone-like built-in speakers
Bottom Line
  • There's no harm in trying something new
Editor's Pick No
Price P14,995
Tech Specs
  • Processor
    • Type: Intel Atom N270
    • Speed: 1.6GHz
  • Motherboard/Chipset: Intel i945GSE + ICH7-M/U
  • Memory (RAM)
    • Type: DDR2 (PC2-5300, 333MHz)
    • Capacity: 1GB
  • Storage
    • Type: SATA HDD
    • Capacity: 160GB
  • Video Card: Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset
  • Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio
  • Optical Drive: n/a
  • Webcam: 1.3 megapixels
  • Screen
    • Size: 10 inches
    • Resolution: 1024 x 600 pixels
  • Connectivity
    • Modem: n/a
    • LAN: 10/100 megabit
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g
    • Bluetooth: yes
  • Ports
    • USB 2.0: 3
    • Firewire: 0
    • VGA 1
    • DVI: 0
    • HDMI: 0
    • Card Reader: 4-in-1 (SD, MMC, MS, MSP)
    • Expansion Port: 0
    • Mic: 1
    • Headphone: 1
  • Operating System: n/a
  • Power Consumption: 36 Watts
  • Battery Life
    • Cells: 4
    • Life: approx. 2 hours
  • Size: 263 x 184 x 34.5mm
  • Weight: 1.26kg



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  • fanboy Mar 04 2010 @ 01:09am Report Abuse
    great review! galing!
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