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ECS 532 15-inch Notebook (Transmeta Efficeon)
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Vijay Anand on Tuesday, 8th March, 2005
Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars   (Most Value For Money Award)


When it comes to notebook-class processors, Intel's Pentium M should be right on the lips of many. Without a doubt, this instrumental piece of the Intel Centrino model has quite frankly, single-handedly raised the performance grade of notebooks to a whole new mark. Backed by aggressive marketing, the Intel Centrino model (along with its revolutionary Pentium M processor), has more or less reached the status of a household name. Yet, the seemingly domineering processor from Intel isn't the only combatant left standing in the battlefield of mobile processors. As much as Intel would love to have their Pentium M processor a defacto offering across all notebooks, truth of the matter is that they have yet to fill up every crevice - especially in the budget segment. Not known to many is a company going by the name of Transmeta and within their stable of products is a gem of a processor aptly named Efficeon.

Designed and positioned to compete with the Intel Pentium M processor for the mobile computing segment, Transmeta's Efficeon processor promises extremely low power consumption and minimal performance throttling for notebooks when running off a battery power source. Where notebooks are concerned, performance and battery life have always been thorny issues faced by designers, engineers and the likes. As far as notebook engineering goes, the Holy Grail has always been to deliver a notebook that has great performance and long lasting battery life. With regards to this, we are sure most would agree that Intel and its Centrino mobile technology have certainly done a fabulous job in delivering notebooks of this highly sought after virtue. However, if budget was factored into the equation, notebooks based on Intel Centrino mobile technology would find themselves hard-pressed to compete in this segment.

This is not quite the case for notebooks running on Transmeta Efficeon processors. In fact when we recently had a chat with ECS Taiwan, they shared with us that the specifications and benefits of Transmeta's Efficeon processor are perfect ingredients for very affordable and functional notebooks. Hence tapping on this processor's plus points, the company has launched the ECS 532, which is an inexpensive notebook targeted at price sensitive consumers.

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