Dell Offers AMD-Based Notebook on Its Web SiteBy Scott Ferguson | Posted 2006-11-01 Print
The Texas PC maker is advertising an AMD-based notebook on its Web site, although no formal announcement has been made.It appears that Dell is ready to start offering an AMD-based notebook.
Although no formal announcement was made Nov. 1 by the PC maker, Dell's Web site displayed the Inspiron 1501 notebook, offering customers a chance to order the notebook with Advanced Micro Devices' Turion 64 X2 dual-core processors.
Dell also offers notebooks with AMD's Sempron processor. Two of the Inspiron notebooks offer AMD's Turion 64 MK-36 processora single-core chip that runs at 2.0GHz.
On its site, Dell tells its customers that the notebook can be upgraded from the MK-36 processor to the Turion 64 X2 dual-core TL-56 for $100 or the Turion 64 X2 dual-core TL-50 for $50.
For years, Dell had only used Intel's processors in its desktops, notebooks and servers. That changed when Dell announced that more and more of its customers wanted AMD-based products.
Dell offered no formal announcement about the Inspiron 1501 notebook line as it had with its AMD-based desktops and servers. A spokesperson for the Round Rock, Texas, company could not be immediately reached for comment.
On its Web site, Dell lists the starting price for the Sempron-based notebook as $549, while the higher-end notebooks that use the MK-36 processor are priced at $704 and $859.
The lower-priced notebook offers an AMD Sempron 3500+ processor, which runs at 1.8GHz, 512MB of memory and a 60GB hard drive. Dell also offers its customers a chance to upgrade the notebook to either AMD's Turion 64 MK-36 processor or the Turion 64 2X dual-core processor.
The other two models in the Inspiron line come standard with the Turion MK-36 processor standard. One offers 512MB of memory and a 60GB hard drive, while the other offers 1GB of memory and an 80GB hard drive.
All three notebooks offer a 15.4-inch display and use Microsoft's Windows operating system. Dell announced that the notebooks are Vista-ready.
Dell's Web site did not make clear whether the company was just starting to take orders for the notebooks or if the notebooks were immediately available to customers.
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