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Systemax Pursuit 4170 15.4-inch Budget Laptop PC

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Systemax Pursuit 4170 15.4-inch Budget Laptop PC

Systemax Pursuit 4170

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The Bottom Line

Apr 17 2009 - Systemax's Pursuit 4170 laptop has one main thing going for it, cost. The system originally was priced at $800 but has dropped down to $600. The problem is that even this low price can't quite save a very bland styled laptop from being overshadowed by offerings from other companies that either give more for the same price or the same for less.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Larger Number of USB Ports

Cons

  • Smaller Hard Drive
  • Does Not Support 802.11n Wireless
  • Bland Style Case

Description

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 3GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
  • 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500M Integrated Graphics
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0, VGA, ExpressCard/54, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 14.1" x 10.1" x 1.5" @ 5.9 lbs.
  • Vista Home Premium

Guide Review - Systemax Pursuit 4170 15.4-inch Budget Laptop PC

Apr 27 2009 - Systemax has consistently used either a less expensive or more for your money approach to selling computers. With their Pursuit 4170 laptop, neither of these tactics really work in their favor. While the system is quite affordable at $600, the system just doesn't really stack up with the competition at the same price level in terms of features.

In terms of performance, the Systemax is pretty much average. This comes from the use of the Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400 processor by most of the companies for their budget laptops. The 3GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory is also fairly typical among the manufacturers. The combo of the two should provide sufficient performance for those looking at basic computing tasks such as browsing the Internet, productivity software or basic multimedia.

Where the Pursuit 4170 falls below many of the competition is in the storage. The Pursuit 4170 comes with a smaller 160GB hard drive that provides less overall space for programs and data compared to the 250GB drives found in most laptops. At least they didn't skimp on the dual layer DVD burner that handles playback and recording of CDs and DVDs.

One area that the Pursuit 4170 does have a step up on the competition is in the peripheral connectors. Most laptops now tend to have only three USB ports standard. Systemax has managed to put four of these connectors on the laptop by moving two of them from the side to the back. It still does lack a FireWire connector or a newer HDMI video output for use with digital displays.

Those who might care how their laptop looks will find the Pursuit 4170 to be extremely boring in design. It has the standard black case design with a limited layout in terms of accents or special controls. Definitely fits in with the generic PC look.

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