Advice needed on laptop processor sizes (Centrino?)
Thread poster: Joanne Parker

Joanne Parker  Identity Verified
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Member (2002)
German to English
May 17, 2004

I am looking to buy a new laptop and am wondering whether or not to go for a Centrino processor. However, I see that they are all much slower than a standard Intel processor, although I have read reviews stating that essentially they process just as quickly.

Has anyone bought a Centrino laptop lately and can give me any feedback? Or are there any experts out there who can give me some advice as to the minimum processor size I would need?

On a typical day I run Internet Explorer, MS Outlook, Word, Trados and a couple of terminology programs, so I would need my new laptop to be fast enough to handle all of these.

Many thanks,



MyriamRbb (X)
Local time: 18:30
English to French
feedback May 17, 2004

Hello Joanne,

I have a Dell Centrino laptop, 1.5 Ghz. I also have Pentium computers. I must admit that my Centrino laptop is much slower. I'm quite satisfied with it, when running MS Office, or all Internet-related programs. But if you want to use Photoshop, Dreamweaver or Flash, I wouldn't recommend it. Even if I have 512 M Ram and a 64 M video card, I find it really slow for all CAD or DTP programs, compared to Pentium.

Maybe, someone else could explain you what the real differences are. Centrino laptops are also said to have a much better power management. Does it justify buying Centrino instead of Pentium? I don't know... But my next laptop will be a Pentium one, just because I'm not patient enoughicon_smile.gif



pascie  Identity Verified
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Toshiba Satellite May 17, 2004

It is the top one, with a 2.4 micro-processor.


Anjo Sterringa  Identity Verified
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A quiet Centrino May 17, 2004

Hi, I have or perhaps had a Pentium IV laptop, 2.4gHz, 256 MB RAM, had sometimes memory problems with large/many files.

It died on me yesterday (virus?) and I am now using our newer Intel Centrino 1.6gHz or something with 512 RAM - it is just as fast for translating (and I had loads of large files open: with 2x 600 pages of Word dictionaries, and an equally large Excel file AND SDLX with its termbase AND explorer etc.)and it is SO QUIET. The Pentium gets hotter and my other laptop has a very loud fan. This one I cannot hear, bliss! (Acer Travelmate 290).

Another good idea, I am so glad I started using: I keep all my important files (well, all files) on this tiny external harddisk, it is like a floppydisk with a case around it and stores 60 gigabyte. It saved my several times already (power supply dying, then computer crashing....)

I am now realising how tiring it is to work on a noisy computer - I would definitely check that before buying one! And of course the keyboard, it definitely needs (for me) to have a 'double' enter key and the keyboard should be very 'light'. The Acer I am working on now is a little heavy typing compared to the other one.

[Edited at 2004-05-17 20:57]


Graciela Carlyle  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Very pleased with Centrino May 17, 2004

Hi Joanne,

I work most of the time on my Toshiba Tecra S1 with a Pentium Centrino 1.4 GHz and 512Mb of RAM and I'm very happy with it.
It copes perfectly with lots of processes running at the same time.
I've got a desktop next to me (Pentium IV 1.8 GHz with 512Mb RAM - power off most of the time) but it's slower AND so terribly noisy. I don't know how I managed to work on it all the time before getting the laptop.



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