For several months now, a new category of notebooks have been introduced in the market that sports ultra-low voltage Intel CPUs and Athlon Neo, all of which promises ultra-portability and longer battery life aside from being thin and light.
We look at the current line-up of ultraportable notebooks in the 12″ category to see which one gives us the best bang for the buck.
The candidates for the 12″ category are: HP Pavillion DV2, Acer Ferrari One 200, Asus UL20, Gateway EC1801i/EC1802i, Dell Inspiron 11z and MSI Wind12 U200.
I wanted to include the Lenovo IdeaPad U150 and the Acer Timeline 1810tz which I reviewed here but they’ve not been officially released here in the Philippines so we don’t have the suggested retail price (which is essential in the comparison).
For better comparison, here’s the Windows Experience Index sub-score of each CPU used on the listed models:
AMD Athlon Neo X2 L310 1.2GHz: 3.6
AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335 1.6GHz: 4.1
AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6GHz: 3.5
Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100 1.3GHz: 4.0
Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 1.4GHz: 3.5
Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz: 3.9
Of the lot, the cheapest among them is the MSI Wind12 U200. It’s actually the only one on the list that’s priced under Php30k and I’d say gives the best bang for the buck. The Gateway EC180xi has the same exact specs as the MSI unit but costs Php6,000 more.
The most expensive on the list is the Asus UL20 which is almost Php50,000. The Acer Ferrari One seems to be nicely spec’ed and priced although the 1.2GHz Neo X2 isn’t too powerful yet eats up a lot on battery life. Interestingly, SU3500 1.4GHz score slightly lower on WEI compared to the L310 1.2GHz.
So, which one is your bet?