In MobileMark 2002, we see first hand the excellent battery life of the Sony, along with the average performance rating of 149, which fell slightly short of the BenQ. However, one must consider that in order to improve portability, performance is usually the first to suffer. Hence, the outcome of the Sony is actually indicative of the competent (if unexciting) performance that you can expect from this notebook and those of its class, but it's by no means it is shabby. With 1GB of memory, the notebook is decently responsive. The BenQ notebook's dual-core processor, while sounding well equipped, didn't fare a lot better with its 512MB of system memory. As another point of comparison, the Samsung Q30 only managed a performance score of 146 in this benchmark.
We have also included a couple of other related system scores using other benchmarks, which all related the same tale of indifferent scores and results. But taking things in perspective, the presence of the Core Solo processor and the 1GB of RAM ensures that this ultra-portable notebook actually outperforms its peers of the same thin and light segment. It only pales in comparison against mainstream notebooks that are now increasingly coming with dual-core processors.
Going to the 3DMark series of synthetic benchmarks, we first compared the integrated Intel graphics to that of the BenQ, which featured integrated graphics from ATI (Radeon X300 class). As expected, the ATI powered unit did much better and this advantage is retained in the CPU segment of 3DMark05, where the dual-core Turion 64 X2 on the BenQ Joybook made all the difference with a convincing margin. As mentioned earlier, the Sony VAIO VGN-TX37GP isn't much of a gaming notebook, but it would suffice well enough for an older class of games.