Dell Inspiron Duo Hybrid Tablet / Netbook Review

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Futuremark 3DMark 06 & PCMark Vantage



 
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Covering the bases
 Dell Inspiron Duo

Intel Atom D550
(1.5GHz)

2GB DDR3

Intel NM10
Integrated GPU

On-Board Wi-Fi
On-Board Audio

1x320GB Hard Drive         
7200 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Home Premium (32-bit)

13.3" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e

AMD Athlon Neo (MV-40)
(1.66GHz)

2GB DDR2

Radeon HD 3200 IGP

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7
Professional (32-bit)

11.6" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
HP Mini 311

Intel Atom N270
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)


On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA


Windows 7 Home
Premium (32-bit)

11.6" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)
Asus Eee PC 1201N

I
ntel Atom 330
(1.6GHz)

2GB DDR2

NVIDIA Ion GPU
(Based on 9400M)

On-Board Ethernet
On-Board Audio

1x250GB Hard Drive          
5400 RPM SATA

Windows 7 Home
Premium SP1 (32-bit)

12.1" LED LCD Display
(native 1366x768)



 Performance Comparisons with 3DMark06
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/products/3dmark06/

The Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU benchmark consists of tests that use the CPU to render 3D scenes, rather than the GPU. It runs several threads simultaneously and is designed to utilize multiple processor cores.


It's sort of unfair to compare the 3DMark06 scores here, but we ran this test just to give you some numbers to glance over. Dell never intended for this machine to be a graphical powerhouse, and it's definitely not. Atom's integrated graphics core is powerful enough to play back HD multi-media, but that's it. Gaming is pretty much out of the question.


Dell Inspiron Duo 3DMark 06 Score




 Performance Comparisons with Futuremark PCMark Vantage
 Details: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmarkvantage/introduction/

We ran the system through Futuremark’s latest system performance metric PCMark Vantage as well. This benchmark suite creates a host of different usage scenarios to simulate different types of workloads including High Definition video and movie playback and manipulation, gaming, image editing and manipulation, music compression, communications, and productivity. We like the fact that most of the tests are multi-threaded as well, in order to exploit the additional resources offered by multi-core processors. 


The scores here are in the same class with some other netbooks, but clearly show that the Inspiron Duo is not a processing powerhouse. The numbers show that the machine is plenty capable of handling everyday computing duties, but it won't be a speed demon when it comes to completing them.

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