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Monday, August 18, 2008

going dual-core and mobile

I have been searching the net and looking at displays in malls and retail outlets for 'affordable' mobile computers. Dual-Core presently gets my attention rather than the more expensive Core Duo. I am hoping prices would still go down in the coming months.

One of the models I like is Packard Bell’s FO445-U-078 EasyNote. Its processor is Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2080 (1.73GHz, 1Mb, 533MHz) and has a 1.0Gb DDR2 memory. Its monitor is 14.1in. LCD. The hard drive has 120Gb, while its optical drive is a Super Multi DVD Writer. It has a built-in modem, LAN and Wi-Fi. Weighing 2 kilos, it also has Bluetooth, a built-in webcam and card readers. A unit costs PhP 36,000 in malls but a catalog lists it at PhP27,799.00 as the lowest price.

The other model I found is a Toshiba L200. Its specs are Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2330 1.60GHz, 1Mb L2, 533MHz 2.0Gb DDR2. The hard disk holds 160Gb and also has a DVD RW optical drive. It is packed with a wireless LAN and 60-day trial of Windows Vista Home Basic OS. A unit costs PhP 38,999.

The third model that caught my interest is the Aspire 2920Z-2A2G16Mi which has an Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor T2330 (1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB, 1Mb L2 cache). It boasts of having the most technical specs compared to the previous two models. Its Optical drive is a DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer drive and RW. It has an Audio Dolby-certified surround sound system, built-in stereo speakers and subwoofer supporting low-frequency effects Dolby Home Theater audio enhancement featuring Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Live, and lots of other hi-tech features for video and sounds for maximum entertainment. The WiFi, webcam, modem and all features mentioned earlier for the two notebooks adds to its attractiveness.

It seems I will need this sort of gadget to boost my productivity, whether at home or mobile, or even during power outages expected during bad weather. I am really expecting prices to go lower and it would be the best for us if Core-Duo notebooks would become as affordable as well.

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