Pentium 4 Laptops

Written by James McLean
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Pentium has had a whirlwind couple of years, with industry predictions vacillating wildly between total dominance and impending collapse. Many experts cite the company's slowing roll-out schedule and widely publicized recalls as reasons for the economic downturn. But others maintain the Pentium is still the gold standard of desktop and mobile computing, and will be for some time.

The major computer manufacturers don't know where to fall in this debate. Many still offer Pentiums in their high-end machines, but up-and-comers like AMD's Athlon are finding a place in mid- and low-level budget PCs. With all the hearsay and speculation, is there any way to know which product is superior?

Benchmarks

If you have ever visited a wonky computer site, you have probably seen those bar graph benchmark results for major hardware. Generally they provide some degree of precision in measuring the speed of various processors, video cards, monitors and more by running identical tests on each. It may not surprise you to learn that the Pentium 4 is still the undisputed king when it comes to speed and threading technologies.

What does all this mean for your laptop? If you are looking for processing firepower that will last for some time, Intel's Pentium line is still the best choice. Major manufacturers like Dell and HP must service pricey contracts with Intel for the parts, so you may be better off going with a smaller manufacturer if you want to avoid the markup for the very same chip.


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