Originally Posted by SPEEDwithJJ
Yeah, I agree with you though that it's probably not worth spending hard earned money on "old" technology.
I'll also love to see a 12" duo core replacement for the 700m/710m but I wonder whether I'll be able to let go of my beloved 700m. Definitely tough choices to be made in the future....
Youre comments here are actually quite wrong. Pentium M sonoma chips are not "old" technology. They are very good chips, very reliable, they just aren't 64 bit and they aren't dual core. Now anyone who spends a bit of time and research looking at 64 bit and dual core will quickly find that it is NOT needed on a laptop and indeed cannot live up to its expectations on a laptop platform ( with regards to 64 bit especially). The whole point of switching to 64 bit and getting the speed gains spoken of is that 64 bit can address more than 4 gigs of memory unlike widows xp 32 bit. Now can anyone here tell me the last time they used a notebook that had 4 gigs of memory in them? they dont exist, 2 gigs is currently the max and more gigs would need more POWER so laptops are definitely at a technological crossroads that will not be easily addressed without using a different powercell for the batteries. 64 bit processors do not offer much if any performance improvement on 32 bit applications running on a 64 bit operating system emulating in 32 bit. Dual core processors lack any realistic hardware of software support to take advantage of that extra core either and it's not likely to change anytime soon.
Now are dual cores and 64 bit cores the future of computing? MOST CERTAINLY, but currently they do not offer enough or any performance gains to warrant their purchase over an "older" as you say, pentium m 32 bit processor.
Bottom line here, buying a pentium M 32 bit processor in a laptop is a very good buy and makes very good sense, now more than ever because they are cheaper than the bleeding edge technologies of 64 bit and dual core which are NOT being quickly embraced and wont be must haves in a laptop for at least two years, most likely more which means that folks who are buying dual core or 64 bit lappies today will end up using them to the end of their lifespan ( two to four years depending on usage) before they truly come of age. Even if you were to order an inspiron 9400, it would be best to go with a single core processor.
To make up an analogy here of the current situation, its alot like everyone driving model t's then all of a sudden they come out with a ford escort, now these ford escorts in this scenario would be the cutting edge of technology as compared to the model t's that everyone else is driving and they will perfrom soo much better and faster than model t's especially when they build those new freeways through out the country, everyone knows a model t doesnt fare well on a freeway right?
Apply this scenario to the current computing situation..........the escorts are here..........the freeways are not and escorts dont fare much better on muddy dirt roads than model t's do.