Amd Athlon Laptops

Written by James McLean
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There is a reason you are seeing so many AMD Athlon chips in laptops these days, and it's not because manufacturers want to cut costs. Intel has been in a slow decline for years now, and a good part of the reason is AMD's roaring corporate strategy of innovation. Today's Athlon chips meet or exceed Pentiums on several of the major industry benchmarks.

There are better reasons still. Unlike Intel, whose management has been plagued by misdirection and overhaul, AMD's approach to chip-making has proved ever wiser as the years go on. It is the only major supplier not to issue a major recall in this century, and the only one trusted on increasing numbers of government contracts. No wonder a number of smaller computer manufacturers have been opting for this less expensive choice that sacrifices nothing in performance.

How to Buy

Of course just throwing an AMD chip into a machine doesn't necessarily make it a quality laptop. Good chipsets and motherboards contribute enormously to the feel of the product, as do ample amounts of DDR RAM, media drives and more. A good notebook is one that pulls together the hardware of several manufacturers into a cohesive, durable and lightweight whole.

It's not always the major manufacturers that do this work best. Although Apple and Sony have made overtures toward handsome styling, many of the top prizes still go to smaller companies who seem to understand that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. If you are looking for a high-octane Athlon notebook without paying for a brand name, you may want to look at some of the more respected second-tier builders.


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