I looking to buy a laptop with wireless connection when I saw an advert for a laptop with the centrino processor.I have looked around but they tend to be quite dear. Also , the processor speeds seem to be quite low (1gz). Can anyone tell me why or give opinions on its performence. Thanks
I have an Advent 7030 with Centrino, its a 1.3Ghz model with 256Mb RAM.
When the clock speeds are compared, the Centrinos perform well against desktop CPUs only when on battery, as desktop CPUs (even the P4-M models) drop speed by a large margin due to the lack of raw power fed by a laptop battery. The P-M however is designed to run off battery and therefore sustains its speed except where it is not needed. I get up to 5 hours battery life (about 3 1/2 watching DVDs) and I'm very pleased with it. I don't need raw power out of my laptop as my desktop is there for games and photo/video editing.
If you have similar requirements to myself I would heartily recommend a Centrino notebook. It works very well in connecting to my desktop wirelessly too andis a lot lighter and thinner than most notebooks on the market.
Pumas link is very helpful, if you read it carefully.
You will see there is no such thing as a "Centrino processor" - just two type of mobile Pentiums.
The slower clock speed model used in Centrino technology systems, has twice as much on-chip cache memroy - this (and some extra design changes) account for it's extra performance at lower clock speeds.
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