great review/comparison, liked being able to see the pic of the 12cell battery. how sturdy is the laptop with the 12cell? it looks awkward with the battery hanging down like that, is it nice and secure, or will it loosen up after some bumps?
It wont fall out, it's clipped in. It got edited out of the review, but the battery only goes accross 3/4 of the back, so it is a little unstable.
The 12cell is much easier to take off, as you have something to grab hold of. The 6cell was nearly impossible without a tool to gouge it out, I must be missing something (yes I used the battery lock switch).
I'm happy to do any other testing while I still have the laptops.
Ref. the Super Pi, I actually installed XP pro on the L2000 (as that's what I wanted to keep), and the SuperPi times are the same. My final test will be to run the recovery DVD, and put the V2000Z back to factory fresh, and run SuperPi again to confirm.
Ref. heat, yes, it's the left palm area, above the HD where the heat was felt, but there is heat on all 3 machines.
No offense meant , but I think I found why your AMD Turion review is a bit disapointing :
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with SP2
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Pro Edition with SP2
The XP home version is probably running in 32bit mode as the home version as no real 64 bit support. Also its noted in many place that XP home is real bad in a network environment , it also come with less tools and software.
i just went to the compaq website after reading this review and...
a pentium m 1.6 v2000 series model with
60GB 5400 hard drive
512 of ram
6 cell batttery
intel 54g wifi
would set you back $1045
an turion 1.6 v2000z sereis model with
60gb 5400 hard
512 of ram
6 cell battery
broadcom 54g wifi
would set you back $850
$200 difference for similarly configured laptops, but as the review stated, the centrino would last longer under battery conditions, but no 64bit support and you have an intel integrated graphics which sucks at anything gaming (*but for non gamers it's a moot point).
Battery life is sure disappointing on the ML-Turion systems, don't regular Athlon64 notebooks almost get 4 hrs of battery life with a 12 cell?
Seems like HP is crippling the v2000z performance-wise, the ram is underclocked to 133MHz (DDR266) but it's a 166MHz stick. The CAS latency is higher then what SPD reports too at 133MHz. Since it's single channel, the low memory bandwidth has to hurt, even AthlonXP's could use more bandwidth.