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August 5, 2004 12:52:03 PM

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I'm looking at either the 5150 or the 8600. If I get the 8600 then I will be
getting the processor with 2mb of cache. But I read in pc world magazine
that the 5150 mobil p4 (512k of cache) has great battery life. I don't know
what the battery life is on the 8600. Is the processor speed about equal
between the two? I will be using it for AutoCAD and Gaming. I also read that
the 5150 heats up pretty good. Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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Anonymous
August 5, 2004 1:04:50 PM

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"Greg" <ghays@vc.com> wrote in message
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> I'm looking at either the 5150 or the 8600. If I get the 8600 then I will
be
> getting the processor with 2mb of cache. But I read in pc world magazine
> that the 5150 mobil p4 (512k of cache) has great battery life. I don't
know
> what the battery life is on the 8600. Is the processor speed about equal
> between the two? I will be using it for AutoCAD and Gaming. I also read
that
> the 5150 heats up pretty good. Any help or advice would be appreciated.

I have a 5150 and have not noticed any heat issues. The 5150 replaced my
Inspiron 8100 and the 8100 got hotter. The 5150 does have good battery life
for a laptop running that powerful of a processor - I get about 4 hours with
the screen on all the time. I use AutoCAD on the machine from time to time
without any issues. Sorry, I'm not a gamer.

I went with the 5150 over the other Inspirons because the 5150 has a true
Pentium 4. From what I have read, the Pentium 4 is much faster when doing a
lot of multi-tasking - I have an Oracle Database and several other "hogs"
running in the background most of the time. The Pentium M, again from what
I read during research, looses much of its speed when multiple apps are
processing at one time. Isn't the Pentium M based on the Pentium 3
architecture, just reved up?

Things to keep in mind if you go with a 5150...

It is basically a USB peripheral computer - ther is no mouse port, no
keyboard port, no parallel port, no serial port. It does have one
1394/firewire port and two USB 2.0 ports, monitor, network, and one PCMCIA
slot.

Hope that helps...

PM
August 5, 2004 1:14:41 PM

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I believe you are correct out the mobil being a souped up p3. I had read
that in a chat group earlier today.

I don't have a problem with missing serial and parallel ports. Those are
dead anyway. Everything is either usb or firewire. I will look further at
the 5150. Thanks for the help.


"Phillip T. Murphy" <pStPmAuMrphy@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
news:H7rQc.8035$Ns.6825@bignews5.bellsouth.net...
> "Greg" <ghays@vc.com> wrote in message
> news:qqqdndSjptBgpo_cRVn-pg@arkansas.net...
> > I'm looking at either the 5150 or the 8600. If I get the 8600 then I
will
> be
> > getting the processor with 2mb of cache. But I read in pc world
magazine
> > that the 5150 mobil p4 (512k of cache) has great battery life. I don't
> know
> > what the battery life is on the 8600. Is the processor speed about equal
> > between the two? I will be using it for AutoCAD and Gaming. I also read
> that
> > the 5150 heats up pretty good. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
>
> I have a 5150 and have not noticed any heat issues. The 5150 replaced my
> Inspiron 8100 and the 8100 got hotter. The 5150 does have good battery
life
> for a laptop running that powerful of a processor - I get about 4 hours
with
> the screen on all the time. I use AutoCAD on the machine from time to
time
> without any issues. Sorry, I'm not a gamer.
>
> I went with the 5150 over the other Inspirons because the 5150 has a true
> Pentium 4. From what I have read, the Pentium 4 is much faster when doing
a
> lot of multi-tasking - I have an Oracle Database and several other "hogs"
> running in the background most of the time. The Pentium M, again from
what
> I read during research, looses much of its speed when multiple apps are
> processing at one time. Isn't the Pentium M based on the Pentium 3
> architecture, just reved up?
>
> Things to keep in mind if you go with a 5150...
>
> It is basically a USB peripheral computer - ther is no mouse port, no
> keyboard port, no parallel port, no serial port. It does have one
> 1394/firewire port and two USB 2.0 ports, monitor, network, and one PCMCIA
> slot.
>
> Hope that helps...
>
> PM
>
>
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Anonymous
August 5, 2004 9:01:33 PM

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The 8600 is more solidly built than the 5150, which is a 'value' system, and
that shows. It's heavy and on many of the samples I've seen, creaky.

The display on the 8600 is widescreen; it's not on the 5150.
The 5150 is much more limited in video (max nVidia 5200 or Radeon 9000, 64M)
than the 8600 (Radeon9600 Pro Turbo 128M max).

The 8600 uses a cooler-running PentiumM; the 5150, a mobile P4 (the latter
is on it's way out; all future Intel mobile CPUs will be based on the more
Athlon-like PentiumM architecture).

The 8600 is large but not as bulky as the 5150.

Whichever you decide on, get a 3-year warranty covering at least return to
depot service - particularly with the 5150, which hasn't been the world's
champion at reliability.





"Greg" <ghays@vc.com> wrote in message
news:qqqdndSjptBgpo_cRVn-pg@arkansas.net...
> I'm looking at either the 5150 or the 8600. If I get the 8600 then I will
be
> getting the processor with 2mb of cache. But I read in pc world magazine
> that the 5150 mobil p4 (512k of cache) has great battery life. I don't
know
> what the battery life is on the 8600. Is the processor speed about equal
> between the two? I will be using it for AutoCAD and Gaming. I also read
that
> the 5150 heats up pretty good. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
>
>
August 5, 2004 10:55:16 PM

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I have the Inspiron 9100, which may be considered a "big brother" to the
5150.

Three quick thoughts. First off, I think the real P4's may be more powerful
when multi-tasking because of the Hyperthreading. However, I'm not sure if
that's enabled/available on the 5150.

Second, the 9100/5150/XPS don't have docking stations available for them. I
really really wish they did. Only option is a USB docking station, which is
no better than a hub, really. Other people don't necessarily care about
that.

If you run AutoCad professionaly, you might want to look at the M60
workstation. That's the one I wanted, but I couldn't fit it in my budget.
As far as I know, it's the only one with "certified" video drivers. Don't
know if that would make a difference to you or not.

Clint

"Greg" <ghays@vc.com> wrote in message
news:Y4adnSZlNbLQ3I_cRVn-gA@arkansas.net...
> I believe you are correct out the mobil being a souped up p3. I had read
> that in a chat group earlier today.
>
> I don't have a problem with missing serial and parallel ports. Those are
> dead anyway. Everything is either usb or firewire. I will look further at
> the 5150. Thanks for the help.
>
>
> "Phillip T. Murphy" <pStPmAuMrphy@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
> news:H7rQc.8035$Ns.6825@bignews5.bellsouth.net...
> > "Greg" <ghays@vc.com> wrote in message
> > news:qqqdndSjptBgpo_cRVn-pg@arkansas.net...
> > > I'm looking at either the 5150 or the 8600. If I get the 8600 then I
> will
> > be
> > > getting the processor with 2mb of cache. But I read in pc world
> magazine
> > > that the 5150 mobil p4 (512k of cache) has great battery life. I don't
> > know
> > > what the battery life is on the 8600. Is the processor speed about
equal
> > > between the two? I will be using it for AutoCAD and Gaming. I also
read
> > that
> > > the 5150 heats up pretty good. Any help or advice would be
appreciated.
> >
> > I have a 5150 and have not noticed any heat issues. The 5150 replaced
my
> > Inspiron 8100 and the 8100 got hotter. The 5150 does have good battery
> life
> > for a laptop running that powerful of a processor - I get about 4 hours
> with
> > the screen on all the time. I use AutoCAD on the machine from time to
> time
> > without any issues. Sorry, I'm not a gamer.
> >
> > I went with the 5150 over the other Inspirons because the 5150 has a
true
> > Pentium 4. From what I have read, the Pentium 4 is much faster when
doing
> a
> > lot of multi-tasking - I have an Oracle Database and several other
"hogs"
> > running in the background most of the time. The Pentium M, again from
> what
> > I read during research, looses much of its speed when multiple apps are
> > processing at one time. Isn't the Pentium M based on the Pentium 3
> > architecture, just reved up?
> >
> > Things to keep in mind if you go with a 5150...
> >
> > It is basically a USB peripheral computer - ther is no mouse port, no
> > keyboard port, no parallel port, no serial port. It does have one
> > 1394/firewire port and two USB 2.0 ports, monitor, network, and one
PCMCIA
> > slot.
> >
> > Hope that helps...
> >
> > PM
> >
> >
>
>
Anonymous
August 6, 2004 3:11:05 AM

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I have the 8600 and run AutoCAD fine and play Call of Duty over the
Internet with no problems. The only problem with gaming over the
Internet is when I use dialup, the ping is slow, over DSL it is fine.
Have had the 8600 for a year with no problem. When gaming the fan does
come on and it heats up because COD is graphics and processor intensive.
My 86oo is a 1.3Pentium M with the 1Mb of cache, the new ones are
1.5Pent. M with 2 Mb of cache, must be faster, mine was equivalent to
about a 2.2MHz P4. I can run between 3.5 and 4 hours.

I don't thing you would have a problem with either machine, get the
cheaper one, then when your tired of it years from know, you'll have
that much more money to get a newer faster updated machine, these things
are outdated when they leave the factory, or the money you save you can
spend on games, either machine will run anything out there!

Greg wrote:
> I'm looking at either the 5150 or the 8600. If I get the 8600 then I will be
> getting the processor with 2mb of cache. But I read in pc world magazine
> that the 5150 mobil p4 (512k of cache) has great battery life. I don't know
> what the battery life is on the 8600. Is the processor speed about equal
> between the two? I will be using it for AutoCAD and Gaming. I also read that
> the 5150 heats up pretty good. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
>
>
August 9, 2004 12:45:16 PM

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I went with the 8600. I think I will be happy with it.


"W" <fstop@rcn.com> wrote in message
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> I have the 8600 and run AutoCAD fine and play Call of Duty over the
> Internet with no problems. The only problem with gaming over the
> Internet is when I use dialup, the ping is slow, over DSL it is fine.
> Have had the 8600 for a year with no problem. When gaming the fan does
> come on and it heats up because COD is graphics and processor intensive.
> My 86oo is a 1.3Pentium M with the 1Mb of cache, the new ones are
> 1.5Pent. M with 2 Mb of cache, must be faster, mine was equivalent to
> about a 2.2MHz P4. I can run between 3.5 and 4 hours.
>
> I don't thing you would have a problem with either machine, get the
> cheaper one, then when your tired of it years from know, you'll have
> that much more money to get a newer faster updated machine, these things
> are outdated when they leave the factory, or the money you save you can
> spend on games, either machine will run anything out there!
>
> Greg wrote:
> > I'm looking at either the 5150 or the 8600. If I get the 8600 then I
will be
> > getting the processor with 2mb of cache. But I read in pc world
magazine
> > that the 5150 mobil p4 (512k of cache) has great battery life. I don't
know
> > what the battery life is on the 8600. Is the processor speed about equal
> > between the two? I will be using it for AutoCAD and Gaming. I also read
that
> > the 5150 heats up pretty good. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
> >
> >
Anonymous
August 11, 2004 1:42:58 AM

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I think you will be happy, give us a report after using it for a while!

Greg wrote:
> I went with the 8600. I think I will be happy with it.
>
>
> "W" <fstop@rcn.com> wrote in message
> news:4112f6ca$0$5904$61fed72c@news.rcn.com...
>
>>I have the 8600 and run AutoCAD fine and play Call of Duty over the
>>Internet with no problems. The only problem with gaming over the
>>Internet is when I use dialup, the ping is slow, over DSL it is fine.
>>Have had the 8600 for a year with no problem. When gaming the fan does
>>come on and it heats up because COD is graphics and processor intensive.
>>My 86oo is a 1.3Pentium M with the 1Mb of cache, the new ones are
>>1.5Pent. M with 2 Mb of cache, must be faster, mine was equivalent to
>>about a 2.2MHz P4. I can run between 3.5 and 4 hours.
>>
>>I don't thing you would have a problem with either machine, get the
>>cheaper one, then when your tired of it years from know, you'll have
>>that much more money to get a newer faster updated machine, these things
>>are outdated when they leave the factory, or the money you save you can
>>spend on games, either machine will run anything out there!
>>
>>Greg wrote:
>>
>>>I'm looking at either the 5150 or the 8600. If I get the 8600 then I
>
> will be
>
>>>getting the processor with 2mb of cache. But I read in pc world
>
> magazine
>
>>>that the 5150 mobil p4 (512k of cache) has great battery life. I don't
>
> know
>
>>>what the battery life is on the 8600. Is the processor speed about equal
>>>between the two? I will be using it for AutoCAD and Gaming. I also read
>
> that
>
>>>the 5150 heats up pretty good. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
>>>
>>>
>
>
>
!