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Systemax Pursuit 4165 Budget Laptop PC

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Systemax Pursuit 4165

Systemax Pursuit 4165


The Bottom Line

Systemax's Pursuit 4165 may be a fairly affordable laptop computer system, but it fails to live up to what other vendors are providing in terms of performance and storage for the same price. About the only reason to go with the Pursuit 4165 is the fact that is supports the draft-n 802.11 wireless standards that most budget systems do not.


  • Supports 802.11n Wireless


  • Older Single Core Celeron Processor
  • One Gigabyte Memory
  • Just Two USB Ports
  • Limited Software


  • Intel Celeron M 540 Mobile Processor
  • 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 80GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD Display
  • Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
  • Two USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/54, 3-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14" x 10.1" x 1.4" @ 6.1 lbs.
  • Vista Basic, CA eTrust Anti-Virus

Guide Review - Systemax Pursuit 4165 Budget Laptop PC

4/15/08 – With so much to be said about the Systemax Pursuit 4165, let's start off with its one big positive. Most budget laptop systems include wireless networking in them, but they fail to support wireless standards beyond 802.11b/g. Systemax has included the newer draft-n 802.11 supprot for extended range and performance. It also supports the 802.11a/b/g standards as well for backwards compatibility.

While the networking on the Pursuit 4165 is real strong, the overall performance of the system falls far behind what is available for the same or lower prices. Systemax loads its budget configuration with a single core Intel Celeron M 540 processor. This limits its ability to multitask or take advantage of multithreaded applications. The 1GB of memory that is matched up with the processor also limits the number of applications that can be run.

Storage also is below the industry average for budget notebooks. The 80GB hard drive is half what can be found in the typical competing system. At least it still comes with a dual layer DVD burner for reading and recording CD and DVD media. Expansion is also restricted with just two USB 2.0 ports where most systems provide three or even four of these for external peripherals.

Finally, the software package on the Pursuit 4165 is extremely limited. It comes with the Vista Basic operating system that has limited multimedia capabilities and functions. The only other application is a lesser known CA eTrust anti-virus application. Users will have to purchase and install all other software at an additional expense.

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