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PC World: Sony's Transmeta: Longer Life, Less Performance

Oct 17, 2000, 18:53 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Mainelli)

"What business traveler wouldn't want a notebook with double the normal battery life? That's Transmeta's promise, and the first taker becomes available in late October: a new edition of Sony's VAIO PictureBook."

"Naturally, more than a few mobile computer users took notice when Transmeta promised a battery-friendly notebook processor that would dramatically increase the PCWorld.com's tests show that some of Transmeta's battery-life claims stand up. But be prepared to pay a hefty performance penalty."

"In our battery tests of the preproduction PictureBook PCG-C1VN, the unit lasted two hours and 32 minutes, which is 50 minutes longer than one of Sony's most recent PictureBooks, the PCG-C1XS, which we tested for comparison. ... Mininotebooks traditionally score poorly on performance tests, so we didn't expect the new PictureBook to break any PC WorldBench 2000 records. Still, its score of 66 is shockingly low. Even with half the memory of the Transmeta unit, the older Pentium II-based PictureBook scored an 81, so you're losing a noticeable 19 percent in performance (maybe even more, since the older unit would probably perform better with equivalent memory)."

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