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Old 02-08-2004, 11:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question HP Athlon Laptop

Been shopping around for a laptop for my mom. She's looking to spend $800 or so, and just wants a basic, reliable system. In that range, I've only seen the celerons, which are nothing fantastic . They may be reliable, but I think the slow performance will frustrate her after a while. Then comes along the HP Athlon laptops. Best Buy has the HP Athlon XP-M 2500+ for $699.

TO MY QUESTION... I've heard that AMD's are good, but run hot. Is this true with the laptop processors (the XP-M's) or have they tweaked them to run a little cooloer, like the Pentium M's? Anyone know why this is so cheap (other than rebates)? It's loaded - 40 GB, Combo drive, mobile radeon, 256 ram... Any major flaws with the XP-M's? They've been on sale quite a bit lately.

I'm about to get it for her, but don't want to give her something she'll have all sorts of problems with.

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my friend just bought a sony vaio with an pentium M chip @ 900Mhz processor speed, i assume their so cheap because thier 1/3 of the current desktop processor speed.

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My fiance has a laptop with a pentium m... runs fine. i'm wodering about the athlon xp-m, since the amd's tend to run hot
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Old 02-08-2004, 03:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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a pentium M 900 is a very nice notebook don't let the 900Mhz fool you it's CPU frequency is equal to a P4 much beyond that.

i would rather get a amd-m than a celeron notebook any day. if you can though, try to find some P4-m deals. i have heard amd-m aren't as good as P4-m, but they are not that bad.

and they do not usually heat up much more than a P4-m. try touching the bottom of a display model in that store. that XP-M 2500+ for $699 deal sounds good to me.
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Old 02-08-2004, 06:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You are looking at a HP/COMPAQ NX 9005 Series, correct?

I have sold plenty of them. I have not had one come back.

I say GO FOR IT.

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