AMD or Intel for laptops?
Has anybody used Athlon XP-M on laptops? How are they compared to Mobile P4?
I have a desktop Athlon 1.4ghz. Plenty fast. I would be concerned less with the CPU than with the rest of the laptop. Emachines generally suck.
One thing I would do if I were you is investigate things like battery life and heat generation. Both chips are fast, but Intel and AMD have differing technologies for battery saving mode, etc.
For whatever its worth, I just ordered (a variation of) this laptop:
I have this one: http://tinyurl.com/gwmg - I have it for over six months now, and the performance is good enough for me. Hope that link is helpful.
FYI: Toshiba also has widescreen laptops.
I am like AMD CPU's but for laptops get a Intel Centrino. Not a P4 mobile, the Centrino is what you want. It's the first real notebook CPU around. The best feature about my Acer 800LCI is that it is totally silent. No fan running at all. Even when coding/compiling. The fan only spins when playing games, which I don't.
You might want to find one that runs coolest. This has been a problem in laptops as they become hot to the touch with some processors - granted the machine builder bears some blame for not designing proper cooling.
GiorgioG, that price seems too good to be true. I couldn't find the 10% discount or find a similarly configured laptop for that price on the Hp/Compaq site... A little help here?
Think I used coupon code SV7095 or SV8248 - I can't remember and it doesn't show up on my online receipt (supposedly my laptop ships tomorrow)
One important point about the heat that many people don't know about is that Lithium Ion batteries degrade over time, and the degradation is much faster at higher temperatures. I'm not sure if there would be a realistic difference between two laptops, but getting a cooler running machine could save you a few hundred dollars down the line when you'd have to replace the battery
Thanks for all your suggestions. GiorgioG, thanks for the pointer. It looks like attractive deal. I will look into it.
I don't know. I think mine is Intel. Must be - the DX4-100 was before AMD came in, right? And yes, it is still perfectly quick enough for what I want to do on it (maybe because it isn't running Windows?). The only problem is the hinges on the screen seem to be broken so I have to prop it against something.
I just had assumed the DVD-R/W was a typo. Good luck on actually getting it... :)
You can get a DeskNote for a great price, shop around (there's 16'' screens too). I'd buy OEM software (ebay).
Prakash, it's in my post. An Acer Travelmate 800lci. This model is the exactly the same as the 803lci reviewed here:
oops:-); looks like an excellent choice for a laptop, Jan
There is an awesome Dell laptop deal (intel) on http://www.keepcash.com I just bought two of them!
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