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In terms of ports, everything is located in the same place as the Asus. You’ve got the optical drive on the left; the rear is home to four USB 2.0 ports, both D-SUB and DVI ports and the power connector. The parallel port seen on the Asus A6Km-Q002H has been dropped in favour for the DVI connector. Moving on to the right hand side reveals the modem and network ports – the Voyager C550 has integrated Gigabit Ethernet – along with a four-pin FireWire port and three audio connectors of which one doubles as an optical S/PDIF out. Sadly the Voyager C550 doesn’t support more than 2 channels of analogue sound despite having an HD audio codec that supports 7.1-channels.
Finally there’s an IrDA port, a PC Card slot – Express Card is missing – and a multi format card reader for SD, MMC, MemoryStick and MemoryStick Pro cards. The screen is also the same size at 15.4in in widescreen but offers a higher resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 – which is the same as the Acer. The Voyager C550 also features the 1.3Mpixel web camera just above the screen but once again the Acer topples it by having a rotating camera.
In terms of size and weight there really isn’t much between the Voyager C550 and the Acer as both machines weigh 2.9kg. The Voyager C550 measures 345 x 284 x 35.2mm (WxDxH) compared to 363 x 266 x 34mm for the Acer, so there isn’t much difference there either.
Performance wise the Voyager C550 lags behind the Acer, although this was kind of expected due to the slower processor and amount of memory. However, the gap between the two was a lot bigger than anyone in the office would have guessed as the Evesham only scored 290 in SYSMark 2002 - that’s 72 points slower than the Acer. The PCMark 2005 scores were much closer together and the faster hard drive in the Voyager C550 scored it a few extra points. The MobileMark 2005 performance score is also a way behind the Acer with 184 up against 259 points.