Two 650MHz notebooks with SpeedStep compared

Appearances can be very deceiving, the case in point being the compact, slim lines of the 2.25kg ThinkPad 600X. Within its seemingly small confines lies a configuration capable of surpassing the performance of many of today's desktop systems.

The 600X shipped to us with a Pentium III 650MHz processor, 64MB of RAM, a 12GB hard disk drive and a 4MB NeoMagic MagicGraph adapter hooked up to a bright, crisp 13.3in active TFT display. The system also boasts a 6x DVD-ROM drive, stereo sound, integrated 56Kbps modem, Li-Ion battery and a host of software utilities and Lotus productivity applications.

PC WorldBench 98 benchmark results were very impressive, with the ThinkPad 600X returning a score of 255; this effectively makes it approximately 14 per cent faster than the fastest PIII 500MHz notebook score of 219. Overall, the ThinkPad 600X impresses with quality design and construction, and delivers excellent performance. At the time of testing, IBM was unable to give us a recommended retail price for this system, although we do know it will ship with a three-year international warranty.

IBM ThinkPad 600X

Price: $5622.22

Distributor: IBM

Phone: 13 2426

URL: www.ibm.com.au

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Spiro Hionis

PC World

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