Summary

Our Score

6/10

Review Price free/subscription

The AJP has inbuilt 11/54Mbit wireless, Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth. If that isn’t enough connectivity, there are also five USB 2.0 ports, a mini FireWire connector, PC Card slot, SD/MMC reader, Modem and IR. A nice touch is that there are USB ports on the right side of the laptop as well as on the back.

There is also an in-built combined digital and analogue TV tuner, which makes one wish that Windows Media Center was supplied instead of plain old XP. This doesn’t use the standard RF input for the aerial and the adapter wasn’t included. Neither was the software, but we assume that if you purchased this machine, you would get everything you need. There’s also S-video input, via the same TV tuner. S-Video output is also available, but considering the size of the screen – I can’t see this being used! There is a dual-link DVI port that would be more suitable for external output.

The laptop has a strong build, but then I wouldn’t be surprised if it had a steel girder construction keeping it in one piece. The keyboard is full sized and the touch pad is a fairly standard affair.

Recently, I took at look at three gaming notebooks based on a single GeForce GO 7800 GTX. Even these came with a 1,920 x 1,200 display (including the AJP), but judging from this notebook, for some reason adding a second graphics card means you’d only want a 1,680x1,050 display. This kind of defeats the point of having SLI in the first place.

My next issue is the sound. The speakers in the machine are pretty poor (despite apparently having a separate sub-woofer hidden in the chassis) but that’s a given with notebooks. However, even when listening to music through headphones, sound quality is awful with the lower end almost completely distorted. On top of this, there is a huge amount of feedback being picked up somewhere along the way. This was especially noticeable when playing games - the noise would speed up and slow down depending on what the cooling fans where doing. There is a digital output that would naturally be devoid of such issues, but would also require a separate decoder which is not likely in the case of headphones.

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