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Is is worth it to get Celeron M?

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My dad wanted to get a laptop, and he wanted as cheap as possible. He said he saw on Dell that they have a lappy for $399. But its Celeron M, i'm not sure if it worth the buy though (since i heard lots of complain about Celeron period).

http://www1.us.dell.com/content/prod...=19&l=en&s=dhs
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A Celeron is normally a "stripped down" Pentium chip, with half the cache of the full blown version. The original Celerons were indeed not the best (although Celerons based on the PII were nice overclockers). The current Celeron D's are not too bad actually, and they overclock nicely also.

Actually, the Celeron M also seems a reasonable chip, esp. when taking price into consideration. It still has 1MB cache (since it is based on the Pentium M, which has 2MB cache). Obviously it will perform less than the Pentium M, but it should be sufficient for light to medium computer tasks (the Web, word processing, etc.)

The Dell laptop you picked has one major drawback: the minimal amount of RAM. 256MB will get you nowhere with modern applications. I personally would spend an additional $50 for the model with 512MB RAM.
    
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Its also worth noting that the Celeron's FSB is usually lower than normal, they're usually stuck at 533mhz.
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just get a real pentium ;P Intel celeron in any form will always be inferior to Pentium, in ALMOST any form
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Yoad
just get a real pentium ;P Intel celeron in any form will always be inferior to Pentium, in ALMOST any form
Only problem with this is the Pentum-M chips are a lot more pricy
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post #6 of 6
Forgot the FSB: Pentium M runs 533, Celeron M runs 400.

The Celeron M is worse than the Pentium M, but is not too bad. As I said, It'll do fine for light /medium home and business use. Just make sure yuo get enough RAM (256MB won't cut it).
    
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