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Samsung X125 11.6in notebook

AMD's Athlon II Neo gets a mini-laptop outing

Spec-tastic?

Other specs are netbook-level: 320GB Sata hard drive, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, three USB ports, one of which will power connected devices even when the laptop's off, and VGA. The Wi-Fi is 802.11n, but that's common on netbooks now, as is Bluetooth, though here it's version 3.0, ready for suitable peripherals - I haven't got any, have you? The SD card slot is SDXC-compatible which is good.

Samsung X125

HDMI output included

But back to the CPU. Samsung has departed from the norm and chosen AMD's Athlon II Neo K125, a single-core part with 1MB of cache and a 1.7GHz clock speed.

You'll see from the PCMark Vantage numbers what impact this has on benchmark figures, but from a user's perspective, let me say it's a dog. There's nothing inherently wrong with the CPU, but if you've used a dual-core chip, or even an Atom with Intel's HyperThreading on board that makes it look and work a bit like a two-core processor, you will feel the lag.

If you're doing one thing, you'll be fine. But attempt to perform tasks in parallel and you'll quickly notice a lack of response. After a few moments, that window you opened or app you double-clicked upon will appear, but do you really want the wait?

Samsung X125

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