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Systemax Pursuit 4164 14-inch Budget Laptop PC

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Systemax Pursuit 4164 14-inch Budget Laptop PC

Systemax Pursuit 4164

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The Bottom Line

Oct 15 2009 - Systemax's Pursuit 4164 is certainly an affordable laptop with a price tag just below $600. They are able to achieve such a price because this is an older systems design that has some advantages and disadvantages. While the system does feature an ExpressCard slot and FireWire port unlike many new budget laptops, the system is stuck using older integrated graphics not rated for HD video streams and an older Wi-Fi adapter. If these aren't really issues though, it does make for a decent and slightly smaller than average budget laptop.
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Pros

  • Smaller and Lighter Thanks to 14-inch Display
  • ExpressCard Slot and FireWire Port

Cons

  • Older Integrated Graphics
  • While Smaller, Case Still Fairly Thick
  • Does Not Support 802.11n Wireless

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 14" WXGA (1280x800) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0, FireWire, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 13.2" x 9.6" x 1.5" @ 5.3 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium

Guide Review - Systemax Pursuit 4164 14-inch Budget Laptop PC

Oct 15 2009 - The Systemax Pursuit 4164 is an older laptop model from the company that has dropped in price to make it an extremely affordable budget laptop. Prices have fallen to below the $600 price mark that make it very competitive with newer systems but with the advantage of having some features not found on them. This includes the FireWire peripheral port for use with digital camcorders and an ExpressCard/54 slot for expanding the capabilities of the wireless or other features.

Part of the problem is that the older chipset inside the Pursuit 4164 also limit the capabilities of the system. This is most noticeable in the Intel GMA X3100 graphics. This integrated solution predates much of the HD video trends and lacks the performance to properly handle many HD video streams compared with the newer GMA 4500MHD option. It also uses an older 802.11b/g wireless adapter and not a faster 802.11n model that many have been switching to. At least this can be upgraded with the ExpressCard slot.

Another major difference with the Pursuit 4164 is the processor. Most budget systems are based around the Pentium Dual-Core processors. Instead, it uses an older Core 2 Duo T5450 processor that has a lower overall clock speed but a larger cache. This gives it roughly a similar level of performance to other budget laptops but has the appearance of being faster because of the processor name.

Unlike many of the budget systems on the market, the Pursuit 4164 uses a smaller 14-inch display. This provides the system with a smaller overall width and depth compared to the more typical systems that use the 15-inch panels. While it has a smaller footprint, the system still is relatively thick with a 1.5-inch height that runs the full length of the system. Many companies now have tapered designed to try and give a more compact and slanted keyboard layout.

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