Originally Posted by GQgeek
Just make sure you get a Core Duo based computer. It's a big step-up from the p4 or Centrino platform. Buying anything else at this poitn would be dumb. Not all vendors are shipping them yet so that might limit your choices. For instance I'm shopping for servers right now and Dell is the only company that's transitioned the bulk of it's servers to the new architecture whereas HP and IBM still have a lot of the old Xeons in the mix. I suspect it's probably the same with the desktop and mobile CPUs since there's limited availability atm.
Why would a core duo be necessary, or worth the cost, to the 'average' computer user? I use my home laptop to download music, the occasional video, surf the web, and do work via citrix. My existing celeron, 20 gig, 256 meg has been working prefectly fine for that. I am upgrading because after three years the battery life is down to about 15 minutes, and I cannot buy new ones because gateway stopped making the 'puter. I can think of no reason to pay an extra $600 or whatever to buy a core duo.
Can anyone else? (Bear in mind that I have NEVER owned a video game system, and the last time I played a computer game solitare was all the rage.)