From an uninspired netbook to one which does at least buck the trend a little. BenQ could be accused of leaping on the earth-friendly bandwagon with their JoyBook Lite 121 Eco, but if you've simply got to have a new ultraportable but would prefer to see some recycled materials in there then it's perhaps your only option. Netbooknews caught up with the 121 Eco and shot a hands-on video.
Video demo after the cut
The Joybook Lite 121 Eco is apparently made of 25-percent recycled materials, but thankfully doesn't look like BenQ have melted down old plastic bottles to construct the case. There's a moment of worrying flex in the lid when Lars pulls it open in the video, but that's the only real aesthetic issue in what's actually a relatively handsome netbook.
As for the more mainstream hardware, there's Intel's 1.33GHz Atom Z520 processor, never one we're especially fond of, together with an 11.6-inch 1,366 x 768 resolution display with a distinctly glossy coating. Happily there are more storage options than you might regularly find, with 160GB, 250GB, 320GB and 500GB in regular hard-drives as well as 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of accompanying SSD for a power-friendly hybrid setup. There's also optional HSUPA for mobile connectivity. Product page here, and more live photos here.