BenQ is definitely investing in its marketing. Not only are half the taxis in Las Vegas sporting BenQ adverts, but the Taiwanese company also has a huge stand on the CES floor.
On the stand youâ€™ll find masses of LCD displays from 15in all the way up to 46in. One that caught my eye was the 23in widescreen display complete with picture-in-picture functionality. With a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 this screen is very similar to the 23in LG screen I reviewed a few months back. However, unlike the LG unit, this BenQ does not need an external media box, so itâ€™s a slightly more elegant and less space hungry solution.
The BenQ 23in widescreen display looks great.
BenQ was also showing off its new line of notebooks, branded the Joybook series. The range appeared to cover most of the bases from ultra-portable to fully featured desktop replacements.
The Joybook 6000 is an ultra-portable unit measuring 302 x 217 x 23mm (WxDxH) and weighing an incredible 1.4kg. Despite itâ€™s small dimensions the Joybook 6000 sports a 12.1in widescreen display sporting a WXGA resolution. The Joybook 6000 incorporates Intelâ€™s Centrino technology, so youâ€™ll be able to get online wherever you find a WiFi hotspot. Thereâ€™s even a 3-in-1 card reader that supports SD, MMC and Memory Stick media.
Slim and sexy, the Joybook 6000 is light as a feather.
The Joybook 8000 is a more mainstream notebook measuring 352 x 260 x 33mm (WxDxH) and weighing 3.25kg. The 15.2in widescreen WXGA display will make the Joybook 8000 great to use for extended periods, especially if youâ€™re looking for a notebook to be your only computer. Thereâ€™s also a slot-in DVD/CD-RW combo drive.
The Joybook 8000 could appeal to home notebook users.