Evesham has announced a solid update to its midrange notebook line. The latest Quest A430 boasts a few nice improvements as well as a couple of brand new features.
The CPU has had a boost, switching from an AMD Turion 64 TL-50 to the latest TL-56, while graphics have also been significantly improved with the GeForce 6100 replaced by GeForce 7600. You also now get the choice of 17in WSXGA (1,680 x 1,050) or a 15.4in display. Memory configuration ranges from 512MB all the way up to 2GB.
Dimensions remain identical at 395 x 278 x 34.9mm with weight also staying at 3.5Kg. Most other features are carried over from the previous model, including inbuilt 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a multi card reader, PC Card and ExpressCard slots, USB, FireWire, and, VGA connectivity. Battery life also remains at approximately 3 hours.
A nice new addition is a 1.3-megapixel camera built into the screen, which will make the A430 ideal for a bit of webcam instant messenger action.
The Quest A430 ships with Windows XP Media Center Edition but also includes a free copy of Windows Vista Home Premium which is redeemable when it's finally released - you will have to pay for shipping though.
Essentially the latest A430 is very similar to the previous Quest A430 Plus but with a reduction in price, from £979.00 to £899.00, which sounds like a bargain to me.