AMD-based Dell notebooks - interested?

Summary:AMD or Intel? Which processor people choose is usually comes down to price and personal choice. Dell hasn't entirely rushed to embrace AMD, but now it has announced two AMD-based notebook lines - ready for the holiday. These notebooks offer power and performance at a reasonable price.

AMD or Intel?  Which processor people choose is usually comes down to price and personal choice.  Dell hasn't entirely rushed to embrace AMD, but now it has announced two AMD-based notebook lines - ready for the holiday.  These notebooks offer power and performance at a reasonable price.

Two new AMD-based notebooks from Dell - the Inspiron 1501 and Latitude 131L.

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Here are the specifications:

Inspiron 1501

  • Choice of AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core and Mobile AMD Sempron
  • Integrated wireless networking
  • 512MB shared memory (upgradable to 2GB)
  • 60GB hard drive (upgradable to 120GB)
  • Integrated graphics with up to 256 MB of HyperMemory
  • 3-in-1 media card reader
  • 15.4-inch widescreen display (with optional TrueLife technology)
  • Wide-aspect display

Latitude 131L

  • Choice of AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core and Mobile AMD Sempron
  • Integrated graphics options
  • 15.4-inch widescreen display (with optional TrueLife technology)
  • Wide-aspect display
  • Windows Vista Capable

OK, price.  The Turion-based Inspiron starts at $649 while the Sempron-based Inspiron is cheaper at  $549.  Prices for the Turion-based Latitude start at $899 while the Sempron-based models start at $629.

If I was in the market for a laptop (and I was going to buy a Dell - which is unlikely), I'd go with the Latitude, maxing out the RAM and hard disk to all it can take.  That's a system that seems future-proof and has enough power to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it (and can run Vista if you want it to).

Topics: Processors

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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