I will be purchasing two notebooks to use as a demonstration system. I will be streaming full screen digital video (movies, standard DTV now, potentially HD but not a must now) from one notebook to the other. I have not shopped notebooks in four years so everything is new. I see many systems with 1.2-1.8 Ghz CPUs, and seem others (though far fewer from my limited perspective so far) with up to 3.3Ghz CPUs. I intend to get 1GB of RAM, and will run XP Media Center OS. I want 15 inch minimum enhanced screens (potentially 17 inch, though I will be traveling with these things). Battery life is not a huge issue as the demos are half an hour or less, but are network, cpu, and graphics intensive. I need reliability and performance. Also, any tips, recommendations on software to stream movies in this manner would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
The ones you are seeing that are 1.2-2.13 are the Pentium Ms. the 2.8-3.6 are the pentium 4's. Pentium Ms get a lot more battery life, and are about as powerful. The PMs have a bigger l2 cache. To find out what a PM equals as a P4, multiply the processor speed by 1.6. So a 1.83 ghz pm is about equal to a 3.0 ghz p4. Almost every pentium 4 machine has a 17" screen, and weighs ALOT.
If you want to get a 15" screen, i would look at the Asus z71v, the Fujitsu n3510, or possibly the Compal dl70. If you want to get a 17" screen, for the Pentium M ones theres the Dell Insprion 9300. If you wouldn't mind very little battery life and a lot of weight, you could look at the HP zd8000.