AMD-based Dell notebooks - interested?

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.

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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).

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  • What's a nice CPU like you ...

    doing in a crappy box like Dell's?

    My vote had nothing to do with the AMD processor and everything to do with the dismal quality of the Dells that colleagues have suffered with over the years.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • I think Intel is gonna feel the pain...

    Now that Dell actually has embraced AMD on a full scale I think Intel is gonna feel the pain and Dell is gonna profit from selling AMD powered PCs.
    BeGoneFool
  • Dell's subtle revenge.

    Here's an interesting commentary written last February:

    http://www.donmac-ideas.com/mainSections/Commentaries/Commentary-I-Think-Intel-has-Lost-it.htm
    professordnm
  • one GPU difference

    Just the other day I decided a Turion 64X2 with ATI Radeon 1150 would be an ideal "cheap" notebook. Good job Dell.

    What do you make of the difference in how the graphics memory is described:

    <b>Inspiron 1501</b>
    ATI Radeon? Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemoryTM (integrated)
    <i>4</i>Between 128 and 256 MB of shared system memory may be allocated to support integrated graphics
    <i>11 </i>ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 256MB HyperMemory is an integrated graphics solution that uses up to 256MB of system memory

    <b>Latitude 131L</b>
    ATI? Radeon Xpress 1150 Graphics, with up to 128MB shared <i>6</i>
    <i>1</i> Between 128MB and 256MB may be allocated to support system graphics
    <i>6</i> Up to 224MB of system memory may be allocated to support graphics,
    impala_sc