Laptops: Do You Need That Speed?

Companies insist on the latest Pentium when cheaper chips work just as well

In the course of my job, I get to try out a lot of different computers, especially laptops. Models I have looked at lately have processors ranging from modest 400 MHz Intel Celerons to the latest 650 MHz Pentium III, and I have a confession to make: In nearly everything I do on a computer, I can no longer tell the difference between the fastest and the slowest machines.

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