Processor battle: 10 high-end notebooks tested

Summary: High-end notebooks  Notebook reviews: Acer Travelmate 800 Acer Ferrari 3000LMi AOpen B165 Dell Latitude D505 IBM ThinkPad G40 Pioneer Powerbook AMD 8355 QDI Alacritas 520-K8 Sony Vaio PCG-GRT40  Toshiba Tecra M2 TPG Widescreen Notebook  Specifications How we tested Look out for...

 High-end notebooks

 Notebook reviews:
 
Acer Travelmate 800
 
Acer Ferrari 3000LMi
 
AOpen B165
 
Dell Latitude D505
 
IBM ThinkPad G40
 
Pioneer Powerbook AMD 8355
 
QDI Alacritas 520-K8
 
Sony Vaio PCG-GRT40
 
Toshiba Tecra M2
 
TPG Widescreen Notebook

 Specifications
 How we tested
 Look out for...
 Sample scenarios
 Editor's choice
 Final words
 About RMIT
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If you're looking for a high-end desktop replacement notebook, you've got a choice of processors and even a 64-bit option. Intel or AMD: whose processor reigns supreme?


The last time we reviewed notebooks was October 2003. In that review they were ultralight portable sub-2kg units, this time around they are virtually the opposite: ultra-bulky all-in-one notebooks designed to replace a desktop PC. And they are getting very close to that goal, with impressive LCD screen sizes, integrated DVD burners, and very quick processors translating to the all-important faster application response times and multitasking capabilities that users demand from the modern PC system.

We have also introduced a twist into the mix. We opened the field and asked vendtors to submit either an AMD notebook or an Intel notebook, or both if they had them. We thought with several vendors now producing notebooks using processors from both manufacturers, it would be interesting to compare how HP, for example, differentiated their Intel- and AMD-based products. We were surprised to discover that Acer was the only manufacturer to send us one of each for review. The AMD camp has vendors such as QDI, TPG, and Pioneer and the Intel camp has Sony, Toshiba, Dell, and IBM.

HP, LG, and Xenon were also invited but didn't submit. So of the notebooks we received, here's how they went.

Topics: Processors, Dell, Hardware, IBM, Intel, Laptops, Mobility

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