Review: Dell tops list of best 15 notebook PCs
By Carla Thornton
(IDG) -- Ready to spring for a notebook that offers a little something extra -- such as added performance, a bigger screen, a spacious hard drive, or built-in wireless support? If so, you'll like our decision to expand the Top 15's power category from five to seven notebooks. The other big news: This month we tested (or retested) notebooks under our new benchmark, PC WorldBench 4. See more information about how we've revised the testing suite.
All nine new laptops we tested this month made our list. Dell's Inspiron 4100, a minor upgrade of the business-oriented Inspiron 4000, earns second place on the power chart, helped by Intel's fastest mobile processor, the Pentium III-M-1200/800. Gateway's high-performance Solo 9550xl, an upgrade of the 9500xl that offers improved audio controls and more-comfortable palm rests, sits in third place. HP's Omnibook 6100 -- with a sensibly designed, dark gray magnesium case, strong performance, and long battery life -- takes sixth place on the power chart.
Our value list turns over almost completely, headed by IBM's new, affordably priced ThinkPad R30, which includes built-in 802.11b wireless support. Fujitsu's four-USB-port laptop -- the LifeBook C Series -- earns third place, followed by a couple of WinBook models with 15-inch screens. HP's Pavilion N5430, in sixth place, is the first AMD Duron-equipped laptop to reach the chart. Finally, at number seven, Toshiba's sleek thin-and-light model, the Portege 4000, impressed us with its 4.5-pound weight, its 4-hour battery life, and its built-in antennas supporting both 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless technologies.
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