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Please Help... what is better?

by peter.roche / March 20, 2006 11:09 AM PST

I am looking to buy a new 'thin and light' notebook. I have been reading the reviews, and the Dell XPS M140 (with the regular pentium m processor) is at the top of the charts in both performance and battery life according to the BAPCo MobileMark 2005. The M140 had a performance score of 238 and battery life of 354.

Yet the HP Pavillion dv1000t (with the new Core Duo processor) had lower scores. The dv1000t had both a performance score of 232 and battery life of 232. The performance is only 6 points shy of the M140 (238-232=6) but the battery life is 122 less (354-232=122).

Here is a link the the review I am talking about...

http://reviews.cnet.com/HP_Pavilion_dv1000t/4505-3121_7-31692317-2.html?tag=sub

I was reading a review of the new Core Duo processor. And it is supposed to give a performance increase of approx. 30% while reducing power consumption by nearly 30%.

Here is a link the that review...

http://www.cnet.com/4520-6022_1-6410042.html?tag=promo2

So my questions are...

Why is the single core M140 out performing the dual core dv1000t in both categorys?

Is it ok to buy a single core or should I go with a dual core since it is the product of the future?

What computer would you go with, the M140 or dv1000t?

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I usually dismiss "battery scores." Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2006 11:14 AM PST

The battle for lower price and market share forces the vendors to never let battery time get too high or too low. But you can usually opt for a larger battery which makes the battery score not such a deciding factor.

For me, I'm waiting to see the new dual core Turions.

Bob

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If you're not using the machine for high end gaming
by togus / March 20, 2006 8:10 PM PST

(I assume this to be true as both these machines lack a dedicated GPU) either one will do you fine. For regular office type duties and internet work almost any modern notebook will do. I beleive we become obsessed about performace and almost everyone overbuys for what they will really use/need. I will always think first about support and after the sale customer satisfaction ratings as the most important indicater when I make my purchase.

Given what you're looking for in battery life, I'd look at the samll Fujitsu's as well... sweet machines with great displays.

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