The Evesham Voyager is a very similar specification to the Rock Extreme CT, based on the same Intel Pentium M 770 (2.13GHz) processor. There are two notable differences between the machines. One is the use a 1,680 x 1,050 resolution screen, instead of the higher resolution 1,920 x 1,200 display on the Rock, and the other is the lid, which is slightly less interesting to look at.
Other than this, the machines are almost identical and the price is very similar too. However, Rock does have the option of running a lower resolution monitor at the reduction of Â£100. So relatively speaking, this is the more expensive option. So what do you get for the extra money?
What is interesting, is the inclusion of Windows Media Center edition as standard, as is apparently being done for all Evesham machines. This does not limit the laptop to use as a Media Center system, as it still behaves like a standard Windows XP machine, but does make a tidy option for people with limited space, such as University students. For an extra Â£70 Evesham will include a Digital/Analogue TV Tuner and remote control.
The first unit from Evesham had some problems, including not working with external monitors. The second unit sent out worked fine, but if you are buying one of these, you might want to check that it works with an external display as soon as you get it.
Because of this error, anyone with a keen eye might notice the higher benchmark results in games on the Evesham. This is due to Evesham having the chance to update the Forceware drivers from 78.70 to 81.81. This is a good sign that Evesham is keeping its machines up to date for its customers, but does skew the results unfairly in Eveshamâ€™s favour. In reality, the gaming performance is close to identical across all three machines.
With 1GB of Samsung memory and a 100GB 7,200RPM SATA hard drive, this machine is highly specified and will cope with almost anything thrown at it. Considering the Â£1,718.99 inc. VAT price point, this can be taken as a given.
All in all, the Evesham is a little pricy considering the use of a lower resolution screen and the Rock offers some unique features for less money.
The Evesham is a little on the pricey side compared to the competition and offers little benefit over the Rock.