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Need feedback on Compaq Presario 3320US

by kandyman / October 16, 2004 4:03 AM PDT

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Re: Need feedback on Compaq Presario 3320US
by JK654 / October 16, 2004 1:25 PM PDT

You could probably get a similar notebook with an Athlon 64 processor for the same price or less. The Athlon 64 is a great performer running 32 bit software using a 32 bit OS, but will also run 64 bit software(even side by side with 32 bit software) when you use a 64 bit OS. I can't understand why someone would pay a high price to buy a computer with a 32 bit processor(Pentium 4), especially when you can get a similar one with a 64 bit processor for around the same price, or perhaps even less. Many who buy a 32 bit processor in '04 or early '05 will regret that decision when plenty of 64 bit software appears in the second half of '05.

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Re: Need feedback on Compaq Presario 3320US
by KenSanramon / October 23, 2004 9:29 PM PDT

If you are going to leave the notebook confined to a desk or at least a stable location consider a Pentium 4M but otherwise you should be getting a Pentium M (Centrino) notebook for maximum battery life, much thinner notebook width, much lighter weight and performance very comparable to the hotter Pentium 4M cpu.

You don't get hyperthreading but you won't get true multitasking until the 64bit 2 cpu chips come out in the future. The Athlon 64 chip notebooks are a good choice but they are still 1 cpu only and still heavier and use more batteries then the Pentium M Centrino.

It is an absolute waste to get a Pentium 4M with shared video memory.

If you don't need dedicated video memory consider the brand new HP DV1000 series which is 5.3 pounds, 14" widescreen and DVD/CD with the computer off (and built in remote control).

Otherwise, consider a HPZT3000/Compaq X1000 15.4" widescreen notebook which has up to 64mb dedicated video memory at 6.5 pounds. You will get 3.5-4 hours using wi-fi and longer with it turned off.

The DV1000 will get better CD/DVD life with its computer off feature and also the smaller LCD will allow longer all around computer battery life as well.

See X1000forums.com for all the discounts available on the ZT3000/X1000 in general as well as any HP model.

There is also a thread there that divulges the dedicated new forum for the DV1000 (a new model just last month).

Also, if you really want a desktop replacement Pentium 4M consider the hpzd7000 which is a 17" LCD model and has its own dedicated forum at zd7000forums.com

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