Notebook Choices (arrrgh!)

  Ben Avery 13:33 15 Jul 2004

G'day all,

I currently own a Dell Latitude CPx notebook (650Mhz Pentium III; 256MB SDRAM; 20GB HDD; WinXP Pro) and a desktop PC (AMD Athlon XP 2000+; 512MB DDR RAM; 60GB & 40GB HDD; WinXP Pro) but find myself rarely putting the Desktop on as I prefer the convenience of using the laptop (despite less RAM and it's much slower processor) so logic dictates to me that I'd be better off with a new desktop replacement notebook.

I am currently looking at 2 options (and VERY open to other suggestions) as follows:


Systemax Tourbook 5117: (£1099.00 incl. VAT)

click here

Intel® Pentium® M Processor 735 (1.7A GHz, 400Mhz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home

1GB PC2700 DDR333 Memory

60GB Ultra DMA 100 Hard Drive


Wireless Intel® 2200 Mini PCI 802.11b/g Network Card

Cyberlink Power DVD, Ahead Software Nero Express & Symantec Norton Anti-Virus

Phoenix cME Console, Check, Recover IDE

Microsoft® Works 7.0

Intel® 855PM Chipset Motherboard

Optional External USB 3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Drive

ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 M10 64MB DDR Graphics

AC-97 Audio & Built-in Dual Stereo Speakers

15" SXGA+ TFT Colour Display

1x PCMCIA Type II, InfraRed Port & S-Video Out Port

1x Firewire™ & 3x USB 2.0 Ports

Internal 56K V92 Fax/Data Modem & 10/100 Ethernet

Integrated Card Reader (Secure Disk, Memory Stick, Multimedia Card)

Audio DJ (Play CDs without booting into Windows®)

Kensington Security Lock Support

8-Cell Li-ion Battery & AC Adapter

Approximate Battery Life of more than 4.0 Hours

Dimensions: 34(H) x 326(W) x 270(D) mm

Weight: 2.68Kg

2 Year Hardware Collect & Return Warranty


Novatech Crossfire 3200 DTR: (£1115.07 incl. VAT)

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15.0" SXGA TFT Screen

AMD Athlon 64 3200 DTR Processor

Built-in 10/100 Based LAN Network Port

80GB HDD Hard Drive

4 x USB 2.0 Ports

56K Internal Modem

Glidepad with 2 buttons & scroll button

1024MB PC3200 400MHz DDR RAM (Supports up to 1024MB)

1 x Type II PCMCIA Slot

1 x IEEE 1394 Firewire Port Firewire Port

128MB DDR ATI M10P Graphics

1 x Mic-in,1 x H'phone/Speakers

DVDR Multi Burner

S-Video Out Port (NTSC/PAL) Port

3-in-1 card reader, VIA KT800 Chipset

Weight - 3.5 kg with battery

Dimensions (mm) - 37h x 332w x 285d

12 Mths RTB


My main requirements (uses) are as follows:

Web Design (Macromedia Studio MX)


All general office (Office 2002 etc etc)

Photo Editing (PhotoImpact)


Presentations (PowerPoint, Flash MX, ProShow Gold etc)

Research (Encylopedia's etc)

Possibly some video editing in the future.

Possibly some gaming in the future (although not terribly likely!)


Any thoughts, advice or recommendations/experience on the 2 models above or others you may have in mind?

I will be using the notebook on the move to a certain degree so I'd prefer to not look into the 17" and very heavy desktop replacement notebooks.



  Ben Avery 13:36 15 Jul 2004

I would likely request the Systemax system without any software or O/S as I have Win 2000 still and would transfer that onto my Dell notebook using my OEM version of WinXP Pro on the new notebook.

Price therefore will likely be a little inaccurate.


  Ben Avery 19:24 17 Jul 2004


  matt1234 21:43 17 Jul 2004

go to click here these people are very reliable and offer good machines for portability and power

  TomJerry 22:08 17 Jul 2004

(1) It is lighter, easy to carry for your PP presentation.

(2) It got great reviews in Computer Magzines.

(3) Systemax's name is much bigger than Novatech although Novatech is also good. From my memmory, Systemax exists more than 10 years now.

Only problem is that you cannot de-select OS. OS costs big PC makers very very little, so you (or they) do not get much saving there. Even they agree to deselect it, it may only save you £20.

  Ben Avery 23:36 18 Jul 2004


Thanks for the link - I did look at Evesham too but didn't see the same kind of package on offer from them. I'll maybe have another look during the week.


Thanks for your note - I agree about the OS and maybe I'll just get XP Pro installed anyway and then I can keep it on my Dell too.

The "great reviews" part is what I need to hear so thanks!

Any other opinions or suggestions welcome still though!


  TomJerry 06:06 19 Jul 2004

You can search for Systemax Tourbook 5117 at click here to find review.

Other review for other Tourbook models. click here

  Big Elf 10:54 19 Jul 2004

If it ends up a close choice I would go for a Novatech option purely because they have excellent after-salessupport in the event of problems.

  Big Elf 10:56 19 Jul 2004

I didn't spot the reference to Evesham. I meant if it's a choice between Novatech and Simply.

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