Systemax TourBook 5127 – Dothan Notebook Review - Systemax TourBook 5127 Review


Since Systemax has not changed too much of the hardware configuration there’s very little to say about the TourBook 5127 that wasn’t said about the TourBook 5112. But Systemax has managed to improve upon an already great laptop, even though the price has increased somewhat. You do however get cutting edge hardware for the money which makes the increase in price fair.

Let’s take a closer look at the performance of the new Pentium M, and see how it compares to other notebooks we’ve reviewed. As I had very limited time to test the TourBook 5127, I didn’t have a chance to run a full set of benchmarks. You will notice that MobileMark 2002 is missing from the results due to the length of time it takes to run this benchmark, especially since the TourBook 5112 exhibited such great battery life. I would expect the battery life to be very similar on the TourBook 5127 as the die shrink of the processor should negate the increase in speed, especially since the battery capacity is identical on both notebooks.

The TourBook 5127 did however manage to produce some very good numbers in SYSmark 2002 and it scored only one point lower than the Sony VAIO PCG-FR415S, and that was based on a 2.8GHz Pentium 4 processor. This is very impressive and shows that the extra cache memory has done a fair bit to improve overall performance. But even more impressively, the TourBook 5127 scored almost 50 points more in SYSmark 2002 than the IBM ThinkPad T41p.

Systemax has, yet again come through with an amazing product for the money and also managed to be the first UK supplier to sell the new Dothan Pentium M 1.8GHz. It’s impossible not to recommend the TourBook 5127 as it offers even better features than the TourBook 5112, and showcases the latest mobile technology. The chassis and design may be identical to the older product, but the inclusion of brand new technology at such an affordable price point makes it a clear winner.

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The Systemax TourBook 5127 offers the latest in mobile technology without costing a fortune. The previous model was a great notebook at an amazing price, but this latest version pushes the price/performance ratio even further. Put simply, the TourBook 5127 is one of the best all round notebook deals we’ve ever seen.

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