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Why we love our Intel Centrino

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Thu Nov 20 2003, 15:39
WE'VE NOW HAD the opportunity to use our lovely lovely Centrino Panasonic CF-W2 for nigh on four months and I've got to say that it can't be faulted.

It's extremely light, it boots really really fast, its performance seems faster and more reliable than the 2GHz plus desktop I use, and if there's a wi-fi hotspot around it finds it.

It's been with us in Taipei, in Barcelona, in Berlin and in Stockholm in the last two months, and it hasn't let us down.

The battery life is four and a half hours - which if you're travelling on a plane is more than enough because let's face it you'll need some kip and grub and that on a long haul plane.

A report in Digitimes today reckons that Centrino will capture something like 42% of the market in 2004, and frankly if the other machines behave like this Panasonic, I'm not in the slightest bit surprised.

We reviewed another Centrino based notebook earlier this year, and while it was a much heavier baby, it also booted very fast indeed and underline the fact that with the Pentium M chip, megahertz don't seem to matter in the slightest.

The Centrino triple bundle consists of Pentium M, wireless kit, and chipset with graphics. The only thing we've found to be in the slightest bit shaky is the wireless kit, but we found a fix for that on the Intel website, anyroad. Some wireless access points (WAPs), have a bit of a problem making a connection using the PRO Wireless 2100.

OK, current Centrino notebooks only support 802.11b, but next year that's going to change with 802.11g/a added - plus we can expect to see Dothan Pentium Ms running at 2GHz and with 2MB of cache. We're looking forward to seeing how they perform.

This Pentium M is a blinking miracle of a chip, and the tiny little notebook group has to be congratulated for its success compared to that desktop Pentium 4 Louis Burns' lot. Our machine is so reliable that rather than get frustrated, like before, with battery life dying on us, now the major frustration is the lack of wi-fi points, which is, nevertheless, improving. µ

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