updated 01:25 pm EST, Wed November 28, 2007
Systemax Santa Rosa PCs
Systemax is deploying four new notebooks, all based on Intel's Santa Rosa platform; as a part of this, each machine supports 802.11n Wi-Fi, and comes with Turbo Memory to cut loading times in Windows Vista (XP is an option). The top of the line is the Medallion XVII (pictured), a 17-inch system with a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, and a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT graphics card. It comes with up to 4GB of RAM, and supports native resolutions up to 1680x1050, with the option of native HDMI output. Bluetooth, stereo speakers and a subwoofer are built in, and the case uses a "piano black" finish. Prices start at $1,380.
The Medallion XV is identical in many respects, but shrinks to 15.4 inches, and omits crucial items such as HDMI, Bluetooth, the video card and proper speakers. The price drops to $860.
The company's Pursuit notebooks are strictly business models. The 4250 tops out with a 1.73GHz Celeron M 530 CPU and a GeForce 8600M GT, but does boost its webcam from 1.3 to two megapixels, and includes a fingerprint scanner for security. The 4165 leaves out the webcam, scanner, and video card. Prices begin at $900 and $680, respectively.