Pentium M's definitely get better battery life and are lighter than the Athlon 64 notebooks. However, an Athlon 64 is much better than a Pentium 4M.
Someone posted yesterday that low voltage Athlon 64 notebooks are coming that may in fact give the 3.5-5 hour battery life Pentium M (Centrino) notebooks are already getting. But that is not what you are looking at.
The HP/Compaq Athlon 64 models offer very similar specifications to the HPZT3000 and Compaq X1000 (Centrino) that I have but they are a bit thicker and heavier and have lower battery life.
You can get the HP Briteview LCD (which is basically the same as Toshiba Trubrite or Sony Xbrite -- it is a coating over the manufacturer LCD so you have to look at the specifications (resolution) of the LCD underneath to determine which has the best picture.
Athlon 64bit will give you more benefits when Windows Longhorn 64bit appears in late 2006 or 2007 but unless you are using Linux (64bit already) that will not occur mostly until 2007 -- therefore, the Pentium M gives you the other benefits (lighter weight, longer battery power, thinner) over the Athlon 64 until that time.
However, when the Athlon 64 lower voltage notebooks are released that may all change.
One ergonomic drawback to the HP/Compaq Athlon 64 models is that the spacebar is not centered over the touchpad so if you use that it is not as ideal as the centered spacebar on the HPZT3000/X1000. But if you use an external mouse that is not a large issue.
I currently use an old Compaq N610C (Pentium 4-M 2Gz, 5.5 lbs, 512Mb, 40Gb, very nice 1400x1050 screen display), Mobility Radeon 7500 at work, and have an old Compaq 906US (AMD 1600, 512Mb, 20Gb, 14 inch TFT, Shared graphic)
However I'm looking to buy a HP or Compaq for personal use at around $1300 max
I'm just looking at HP/Compaq laptops right now, since I can take advantage of a 12% company discount (EPP) and there's a $100 rebate floating around and fatwallet of 3%
I don't travel at all, so lightness isn't a huge concern, but I like to sometimes work with having the laptop on my lap. I cruise the internet a lot. I do a lot of manipulation with digital images (mostly low intensive Photoshop work i.e crop, curves), minor games playing e.g Dungeon Siege 2, and not really into FPS like Farcry.
I was thinking about the Compaq R3000Z
That decision (although not final) was largely driven by
A) the notion that AMD chips should have a higher price/performance ratio compared to equivalent Intel Pentium Ms ?
B) I can get a 12% EPP discount (and there are various rebates floating around and hard disc upgrades for HP/Compaq laptops)
This is my Compaq 3000Z spec that I'm considering: Athlon 64 1.8Ghz, 15.4 WXGA Brightview, 64Mb Nvidia Geforce 4 440 Go, 256Mb ram, 80 Gb 5400 RPM drive, DVD/CD-RW combo drive, Free 54g 802.11g
This comes to about $1053, with free shipping. But I think I can also go to fatwallet for 3% discount and also there's a $100 rebate kicking around somewhere for CTO products, so would bring it to around $921 plus tax, gets me to around $1000 (so well under my budget of $1300)
I really like the sharpness and clarity of the brightview type screens (I've seen equivalents from Sony and Toshiba and they look amazing)
1) Are there forums around similar to http://www.x1000forums.com which discuss the R3000Z
2) Is an Athlon 64 at 1.8Ghz a worthwhile upgrade compared to Athlon XP 2800 at 1.6Ghz (extra $100). I know it's 64 bit, but is current software e.g Photoshop or web cruising, taking advantage of this.
3) Am I losing out on battery performance by going with Athlon 64 compared to lower spec Athlon or Pentium M
4) What is the Intel Pentium M equivalent of the AMD 2800 ? Is there still a price performance benefit for the AMD over the Pentium-M ?
5) I definitely don't want shared graphics. But I see alternative video cards within the Hp/Compaq range e.g Nvidia Gforce Go5700, ATI 9000, 9200, Intel Extreme graphics (On the Compaq V2000).
If gamesplaying is not a top priority, is the Geforce 440 64Mb good enough ? How does it compare to my current Compaq N610C with Mobile Radeon 7500 ? Is 440 significantly worse than ATI 9000, 9200 and Nvidia 5700
6) Are there any laptops (HP/Compaq or non HP) that offer brightview and resolution similar to what I can get right now with my N610C (i.e 1400 x 1050) at a reasonable price i.e $1200. It seems as though there are tradeoffs between brightview and resolutions higher than 1200
7) Does HP Brightview compare favorably from a sharpness and brightness perspective to equivalent technology from Toshiba and Sony ? I saw in Frys recently that there was some kind of luminance measurement for the Sony of 300
Does anyone know if the HP coupon for 10% off (NB8384) will work with EPP ?
9) Are there any other models in the HP/Compaq range to consider for a similar type spec/price than my current configuration with the Compaq R3000Z. Can I do much better for $1300 ?
10) From what I gather 5400 RPM drive is about 50% faster than 4200. Is this in theory, or is this real world applications i.e Photoshop use, bringing up large files etc ?
11) If there are any people who own the R3000Z, do you recommend this laptop. And where you considering any others ?
12) Incidentally are there any laptops in the current HP/Compaq range or slightly older that have the old trackpoints (I still like to use it rather than the touchpad) and to me it's a negative for the 3000Z
A lot of questions, I know, and specific to HP/Compaq and to the R3000Z, so if anyone knows of any good forums to get a wider response, can you point me in the right direction