We've seen a couple of powerful, fast laptops from AJP recently so it's no surprise to see another. This month's Speedy Gonzalez comes in the shape of the M575A, which boasts strong components and high build quality. It's probably just a touch on the expensive side, though.

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The M575A waltzed through our benchmark tests – in the WorldBench 5 suite it scored 96 points, just two behind the record score we've seen for a laptop. This is remarkable inasmuch as the processor isn't absolutely top-line – the Pentium M 760 is a good chip, but not the best available – although this isn't that surprising when you take into account the 2GB of DDR RAM that the AJP sports.

RAM prices fluctuate and the abundance of it in the M575A might partially account for the high price tag. However, there's one or two more reasons. The screen, for example, is a 17in TFT with a resolution of 1,920x1,200. Normally you'd only get 1,440x900 pixels, but AJP has pushed the boat out and gone for the best available. It's a beauty, and backed up by a 256MB Mobility Radeon X800 XT it does a fine job with the visual side of things.

Mobile gamers may very well be looking for the nVidia GeForce Go 7800 cards as modelled by the Evesham Voyager C720, but don't rule the AJP out too quickly. With frame rates of 91.3fps (frames per second) and 95.8fps in Doom3 and Halo at a resolution of 1,024x768, the M575A can more than hold its own.

There's 100GB of storage on the hard disk and Sony's excellent DW-Q58A for backing up to CD and DVD. A three-year warranty is generous, even if there is no onsite cover, and we were very keen on the keyboard – there's even room for a numeric keypad on the righthand side.

AJP M575A: Specs

  • 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760 processor
  • Windows XP Home
  • 2GB DDR RAM
  • 100GB hard drive
  • 17in 1,920x1,200 TFT display
  • 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X800 XT graphics card
  • 24x/24x/16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) 8x/8x/8x/4x/4x/4x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW) drive
  • 802.11a/b/g facilities
  • 1-year return-to-base, 2-year labour-only warranty
  • 397x293x45mm
  • 3.8kg
  • 2GHz Intel Pentium M 760 processor
  • Windows XP Home
  • 2GB DDR RAM
  • 100GB hard drive
  • 17in 1,920x1,200 TFT display
  • 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X800 XT graphics card
  • 24x/24x/16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) 8x/8x/8x/4x/4x/4x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW) drive
  • 802.11a/b/g facilities
  • 1-year return-to-base, 2-year labour-only warranty
  • 397x293x45mm
  • 3.8kg

OUR VERDICT

If there's one major flaw in the AJP, it's the lack of software – you get XP Home and not much more. We also have a minor quibble with the price. But overall this is another stunning effort from AJP for which it should be applauded.

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