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Just below the screen is the power button, which is surrounded by a blue light when the laptop is powered on. To the right of the power button is a set of quick launch buttons. The first one is used to launch your email client; the second one is a shortcut to your web browser. The third button enables or disables the wireless antennae, while the fourth one disables the touchpad. The fifth and final button gives you easy access to the Power 4 Gear software, which enables simple configuration of your power profile.
The keyboard is quite comfortable to type on, but the layout could be improved upon, especially the location of the Fn and Ctrl keys which I’d prefer swapped around. The touchpad is reasonably sized and the buttons are easy to press without being stiff. On the whole, the input devices are not the best I’ve used, but they are far from the worst. Using the M6000N for extended periods of time should not be a problem, even if you’re doing a lot of typing.
Where the AJP M6000N does beat the Systemax TourBook 5127 is in the application benchmarks, but not by much. The AJP is five points faster in SYSmark 2002, which is enough to make a small difference to performance and the AJP also has a small lead in PCMark 2004. It does however lag behind in the 3D benchmarks, but to be honest, neither machine is blisteringly fast at 3D and I don’t think I’d want to be using either as a mobile gaming platform. With a battery life of four hours and 24 minutes the AJP offers longer mobile usage than the Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook E8010, but not quite as good as the original Systemax TourBook 5112.
Without any real highlights it’s hard to set the AJP M6000N apart from the crowd, but it is nonetheless a quality notebook and has all the features you’d expect from a modern mobile computer. There is however one caveat, the price, as AJP is asking for £1,454.65 inc VAT and delivery, which is a little on the steep side. The widescreen display does add some cost, but this machine is some £280 more expensive than the Systemax TourBook 5127.
The AJP M6000N is a quality laptop with a widescreen display and good performance, but it is a little expensive. That said, if you really want a notebook with a widescreen TFT and are willing to pay a bit extra for that feature, you won’t be disappointed with this AJP.
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