The Bottom Line
- Low Cost
- Sizable Keyboard Layout for 12-inch Laptop
- Relatively Heavy for Ultraportable
- Lacks FireWire Port
- Could Use Faster Wired and Wireless Networking
- AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 12.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) Wide Display with 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- ATI Radeon Express X1270 Integrated Graphics
- 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, ExpressCard/54, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 11.9" x 9" x 1.3" @ 3.9 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Anti-Virus
Guide Review - Averatec Voya 2575 Ultraportable Laptop PC
9/9/08 - Averatec's Voya 2575 ultraportable may be a 12-inch laptop, but it has the overall dimensions one would expect to have with a 13.3-inch system. On the plus side, it provides the system with space for a larger keyboard and trackpad that make it easier to work with. On the downside, it is larger and heavier than most ultraportables on the market with the same and even larger screen sizes.
Rather than the hugely popular and successful Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors, the Voya 2575 uses an AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-64 dual core mobile processor. This does a sufficient job at most applications, but it does fall behind the Intel processors in terms of performance and power usage. The 2 gigabytes of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory is standard for most ultraportables and let's the system run smoothly with the Vista operating system.
One area that the Voya 2575 could use some improvement is in the networking. Many budget laptops now are featuring the newer gigabit Ethernet and draft 802.11n wireless. Averatec instead packs this system with slower 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g wireless. This probably won't be too much of an issue for some people, but it is important for those looking to use it in a business environment.
The new case design of the Voya 2575 gives it a much more refine look than previous laptops from Averatec. The glossy case gives it a very polished look, but the materials easily shows scuffs and scratches necessitating a very soft material for any case. It also has a more solid feel to it.
The net result of the Voya 2575 is one that isn't going to perform as highly as Intel systems and doesn't have quite as many features. It also is larger than a traditional ultraportable. But it is one of the least expensive on the market.