Centrino or Pentium-M

If you are going to be in the market for a Windows laptop with built in Wi-Fi later this year you might become a bit confused when when you run into the choice between Centrino powered laptops and Pentium-M powered laptops. Basically they are same except the Centrino laptops use Intel’s Wi-Fi cards where the Pentium-M powered machines with Wi-Fi will have non-Intel Wi-Fi chips. This is probably a good thing for consumers since the Pentium-M machines should be a bit cheaper. But if not, laptop makers are taking a big gamble by not going along with Intel’s Centrino marketing campaign. Our prediction is that the distiction goes aways after the first year and everything is Centrino Inside.

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