Dell launches ultraportable Inspiron notebook with Fusion

By Matthew
Apr 4, 2011
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  1. Fusion-based systems continue to crawl out of the woodwork this week with Dell's new Inspiron M102z. The new 11.6-inch ultraportable is currently listed on Dell's Australia website with a starting price of $599 which gets you a single-core 1GHz AMD C-50 processor, on-die Radeon HD 6250 graphics and 2GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM. For an extra Benjamin, Dell outfits the machine with a dual-core 1.6GHz E-350 APU, Radeon HD 6310 graphics and 4GB of RAM.

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 246   +22

    A single core processor? Why do they even make these things anymore?
  3. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 6,019   +83 Staff Member

    Because the C-50 is sufficient for basic tasks (word processing, accessing email etc.) while offering half the TDP and a lower price? Seems like a reasonable compromise to me if you don't need the extra power.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    I agree.
  5. I don't know about crawling, but I'm using an Acer 5253-bz602 I purchased for $350 online. It is the best "budget" portable gamer laptop I've used. I'm playing Counterstrike Source with most settings high (texture to mid), 4XMSAA, multicore rendering enabled and HDR on, and I get about 47FPS, smooth play, even when online.

    This GPU technology compares well with 8600MGT, which a few years ago, used to cost around $600-$800 on similar powered notebooks. The CPU compares well with a Pentium D820 or Athlon 64FX-57. This CPU performance is no Intel Atom that's for sure:

    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+E-350

    Not only that, after intense 3d gaming, the notebook feels only lukewarm to touch (under the GPU), it is very light (due to LED backlight and integration of CPU/GPU). My old Gaming notebook rig would be so hot you could cook an egg underneath.

    Fusion is the best thing to happen for us Budget gamers in a LONG time.

    I use this AMD E-350 rig as both my work and game machine.


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