Attack of the Celerons: Shaving price and performance at once (Compaq CQ60-417DX reviewed)
Budget retail laptops are cutting prices, but sticking older Celeron processors in many of their entry-level models. Be forewarned; you get what you pay for.
Editors' note: This review is part of our 2009 Retail Laptop and Desktop Back-to-School roundup, covering specific fixed configurations of popular systems that can be found in retail stores.
One thing we noticed when reviewing the lowest-priced entry-level laptops in our retail roundup was the presence of the Intel Celeron 900 processor. Showing up twice (in the
The sneaky thing, however, is that this processor shows up in a chassis that also houses more highly powered machines. Perhaps this downgrading and price-cutting has been inspired by the success of Netbooks. Regardless, it can be confusing for consumers. $350 or $399 sounds like a great deal for a laptop, but is it still worth it with an processor that's not much better than a Netbook?
In our Back-to-School retail laptop roundup, we've taken a look at a few real bargain-basement machines. Along with the
However, for only $29 more, you can get a laptop with a significantly better dual-core processor in the
For the same price, would you rather have a larger screen and Vista, or a Netbook?