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Averatec 3715 review: Averatec 3715

Performance is the weakest part of the Averatec 3715's dossier. In CNET Labs' tests, the more expensive Sony VAIO VGN-S470P and the Dell Inspiron 700m beat the Averatec by 35 percent and 31 percent respectively (see below for a detailed breakdown of each system's components). Still, the Averatec has enough power for basic productivity applications--just not for intensive multitasking or multimedia work.

Battery life is the Averatec 3715's second-worst trait. In our Labs' drain tests, the laptop petered out after 2 hours, 30 minutes. The Inspiron 700m achieved an even worse 2 hours, 24 minutes, while the VAIO VGN-S470P lasted a longer 3 hours, 2 minutes. If battery life is important to you, consider the $1,484 Gateway M250E, which (with its heavy extended battery) lasted 6 hours, 54 minutes.

The Averatec 3715 includes a standard one-year warranty with mail-in service. Toll-free telephone support is available 24/7 throughout the warranty period. At press time, the company's support Web site didn't list any FAQs for the 3715, though it did offer driver and user-manual downloads for the system. For more detailed information about warranties and service plans, check out Computer Shopper's overview of 37 major computer vendors.

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Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo's MobileMark 2005 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo's MobileMark 2005 battery-life minutes  

System configurations:
Averatec 3715
Windows XP Home; 1.8GHz Mobile Sempron 3000; 512MB DDR SDRAM PC2700 333MHz; VIA/S3G Unichrome Pro IGP 32MB; Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 80GB 4,200rpm

Dell Inspiron 700m
Windows XP Home; 1.8GHz Intel Pentium M 745; 512MB DDR SDRAM PC2700 333MHz; Intel Extreme Graphics 2 64MB; Fujitsu MHT2060AH 60GB 5,400rpm

Sony VAIO VGN-S470P
Windows XP Pro; 1.73GHz Intel Pentium M 740; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC3200 400MHz; Nvidia GeForce Go 6200 128MB; Fujitsu MHT2080BH 80GB 4,200rpm

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