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NEC Versa S5200 review

NEC Versa S5200 Centrino Duo Notebook

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N For Napa and NEC

N For Napa and NEC

Shortly after the hustle and bustle of Intel's third generation Centrino mobile technology launch, the first contender to arrive in our labs packing the latest 'Napa' platform was the NEC Versa S5200 notebook. As expected, the notebook is an Intel Centrino Duo model boasting the latest Intel Core Duo processor, Mobile Intel 945 Express chipset and Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network controller all engineered and manufactured by none other than Intel. By conventional wisdom gained from past experiences of a platform refresh, the new 'Napa' Centrino platform powering the Versa S5200 should put a healthy distance between itself and previous generations of Intel Centrino platforms in computing performance. When 'Sonoma' (the second generation) was officially unveiled to replace the aging 'Carmel' (the first generation), the performance ceiling was immediately raised quite substantially. Naturally, the answer we are looking to seek through this review is of course whether the third generation Centrino platform would be able to maintain that upward curve of computing performance while being able to offer mobility at the same time.