AJP M575U £1733

30th Jun 2006 | 23:00

AJP M575U

A gaming desktop replacement with plenty of power

TechRadar rating:

3.5 stars

High-powered gaming usability, flawed by poor office performance

Like:

<p>Powerful gaming</p>

Dislike:

<p>Falls behind its competitors</p>

OUK manufacturer AJP has built its business supplying a range of mobile designs at affordable prices. With a strong focus on gaming systems, the AJP M575U (£1733 inc. VAT) marks the more powerful end of the multimedia laptop range.

Built around the same 398 x 275 x 58mm chassis as the Evesham Voyager C720DC and Rock Xtreme CTX, the AJP suits desktop use more than frequent mobility. As a result, the large footprint allows for an excellent user interface and 17-inch widescreen Super-TFT panel.

Slanting forwards, the chassis provides comfortable access to the 340mm keyboard. With an excellent typing action and full numeric pad, the AJP delivers above-average usability.

Displaying images at a sharp WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, the screen is ideal for high-resolution gaming. The Super-TFT coating improves contrast and adds vibrancy to colours. Brightness isn't spectacular, but is fine for home gaming.

Despite falling slightly behind its peers, the AJP is powerfully specified. An Intel Core Duo T2500 processor runs at 2GHz and is backed up by 2048MB of DDR2 memory. Adding further power is a 100GB hard drive, which spins at 7200rpm for fast access to data.

It's therefore strange that office performance was so poor. Scoring just 188 points from MobileMark tests, even single CPU laptops outperform this level of ability.

A lesser factor for a desktop replacement is battery life, but the AJP exceeded expectations. While its 116- minute battery life wasn't great, this is still impressive for such a large laptop.

Gaming is where the AJP is targeted, and this is where the laptop succeeds. Powered by an nVidia GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics card, this is a top-of-the range setup. Scoring 16,388 points from 3DMark 2003 tests, the AJP fell at the bottom of this group, but still delivers exceptionally high 3D performance.

General multimedia compatibility is just as strong. A 1.3-megapixel camera and high-speed fixed and wireless networks provide strong connectivity. A dual-format DVD drive sits on the right of the chassis.

Even with such strong gaming performance, the AJP M575U falls too short in other areas to make it highly recommended. For gaming and excellent usability, the AJP is definitely worth a test run, but there are more comprehensive options on the market. Alex Bentley, Michael Browne

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