Systemax has aimed this laptop at consumers who want a power notebook capable of supplying multimedia entertainment and, in this respect, it excels. Factor in the generous price with a few nice extras and you find that Systemax has put together a model which balances cost against features and specifications almost to perfection.

The chassis is the same as that of Evesham’s Voyager 647 so you get the same four-in-one card reader, a built-in video camera and a crystal-clear 17in widescreen display, supporting an optimal WXGA 1,440x900 resolution.

We found the build quality to be spot-on thanks to its durable feel and a keyboard that wasn’t too spongy. It also has the added benefit of a USB 2.0 TV Tuner so you can even use the Hurricane 6000 to watch the box – if you’re not viewing a DVD on the speedy writeable DVD drive that is.

The latter is also a good backup option for data and is complemented by a 60GB hard drive – the only specification that can’t match the best notebooks, but still more than enough for the average user.

Powering the graphics subsystem is ATI’s brand new Mobility Radeon 9700 and while Systemax has opted for 128MB rather than 256MB of graphics memory, it provides enough power to play current PC games.

In terms of performance the Hurricane outclassed the competition, finishing with 138 WorldBench points – not only the highest score, but one achieved using a less powerful AMD Athlon 64 3000+ twinned with 512MB of DDR RAM.

  • Systemax:
  • £1,299 inc VAT

  • Build quality: 9/10
  • Features: 8/10
  • Value for money: 9/10