Dell still doesn’t offer a notebook with AMD’s new Fusion processor in the US, but the folks at APC Magazine report that the Dell M102z is now available in Australia with a choice of an AMC C-50 or AMD E-350 dual core chip.
The base model runs $599 Australian and has 2GB of RAM, a 1 GHz AMD C-50 processor and Radeon HD 6250 graphics, while for another $100 you get a speeder 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 processor, Radeon HD 6310 graphics, and 4GB of RAM.
The Dell Inspiron M102z looks a lot like the M101z I reviewed last year. The difference is it has AMD’s latest chips which combine graphics and CPU functions onto a single chip. Overall that’s a good thing. The Dell Inspiron M101z was one of the best laptops I tested last year, and while the E-350 processor isn’t much more powerful in most respects to the AMD K125 chip in the M101z, it offers better graphics and lower power consumption.
The laptop has an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 6 cell battery, and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. It has 802.11b/g/n WiFi and an HDMI output and weighs about 3.4 pounds.
I just hope that they don’t put a 3 cell battery or a turn off price. Looking at the HP and the ASUS, One would think that this should be in bellow 500 US.
brad, is there a huge difference between the C50 and the E-350 processors in the above machines?
I haven’t tested the M102z yet… but based on my testing so far yes. The C-50 is generally on par with an Intel Atom chip with high performance graphics while the E-350 is more like an Intel CULV or AMD Nile chip in terms of performance. I’ll have a detailed review of the HP Pavilion dm1z ready to go today or tomorrow and you can compare it with my Acer Aspire One 522 review for a pretty good overview of the differences — although the HP computer also has more RAM.
Thanks Brad. But power consumption of 18w is pretty high. I guess Atom still remains king of low consumption for Windows based OS.
just asking. how long would the battery life last with c-50 apu?
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