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Pentium 4 or Pentium M?

by npvenus / July 1, 2004 12:07 AM PDT


I currently own the Compaq Presario R3038CL, which operates on a Pentium 4. I like the notebook, although the battery seems to last only about 1 hour. After reading reviews on other notebooks I'm still confused on which one would be the right fit for me. I am a Real Estate Agent and need a notebook that is fast, can perform multiple tasks at once, without slowing it down, has a long battery life, is wireless, and is on the lighter side. Would a notebook with a Pentium M processor be a better fit? And which ones would be best?

I have seen the HP Pavillion ZT3349cl recently, but I'm not sure if it is a good machine, or if there are other ones that might be better. My price range is up to $1600. I would be very thankful for any suggestions.

Thanks a bunch Happy


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Re: Pentium 4 or Pentium M?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 1, 2004 12:13 AM PDT

The short answer after a discussion with some Intel rep at an embedded conference is that P4 laptops are for those customers that want a "real P4" or have some "specification" for such a CPU and can't get the newer CPU in the purchase order.

After that, there's very little difference except the battery life and Watts.


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Re: Pentium 4 or Pentium M?
by npvenus / July 1, 2004 3:19 AM PDT

Thanks Bob. Do you have any recommendations on which one is the best notebook under $1600? Do you know if the HP Pavillion ZT3349cl is better than the Presario R3038cl?

Thanks again.


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Re: Pentium 4 or Pentium M?
by KenSanramon / July 1, 2004 6:35 AM PDT

Hands down, for wi-fi battery life, weight, and overall Notebook performance get the Pentium M chip (which are used in Intel Centrino branded machines.

The Compaq X1000 series and HP ZT3000 series are the same notebook but the HP has a black case style.

See -- this covers both machines as well as a 7000 series HP business notebook.

The weight of the X1000/ZT3000 series is 6.5 pounds.

Make sure you buy a machine with the new Pentium M Dothan chip if possible as it has double the L2 system cache of the older Banias line.

I bought the X1360US retail at Circuit City for 1299.99 after rebates -- check this out on their website -- that is the older Banias 1.4 Pentium M but I got this last month.

I also highly recommend the Toshiba M35 series (Centrino) -- check that out on their website or at retail also. They run a bit more hot around the touchpad but otherwise both are very comparable and Toshiba has a bit higher reliability rating.

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