If you're after a notebook that'll provide you with good entertainment options but only have limited funds to spare, then the Quest A220 from Evesham could be worth a look. However, be warned – the low price point means you're not going to get the highest quality available. Not by a long shot.

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AMD's Turion 64 Mobile MT-30 processor running at 1.6GHz may be 64bit but it isn't exactly lightning-quick – combined with 512MB of DDR RAM it managed only 67 in our WorldBench 5 testing suite.

At 2.9kg, the Quest is quite mobile, which made its battery life of just over two and a half hours a bit disappointing. However, in its favour, it can play CDs and DVDs without having to actually boot up Windows – although this feature isn't exactly rare on notebooks, you'll not often find it for this sort of money.

Another aspect of the Quest that might surprise you is that it has a DVD writer – again, not uncommon, but by no means guaranteed at this price. The Sony DW-D56A is a dual-layer model and can write to DVD+R and DVD-R media at eight-speed.

The 15.4in widescreen with a resolution of 1,280x800 does an adequate job, but the onboard graphics processor isn't up to much. It wouldn't even run our graphics benchmarks, and it seriously compromises the all-round entertainment qualities of the A220.

The last point we'd like to make concerns the design – the dirty-grey chassis is far from attractive or easy on the eye.


This notebook is all about value for money, and it achieves what it sets out to do. However, there's a few too many compromises for our liking in the Quest A220. We did like the inclusion of the dual-layer DVD writer, though.

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