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As usual, I will first run the synthetic benchmarks SiSoftware Sandra 2004 and PCMark 2004. The former benchmark measures the overall performance of the system as well as that of each of its subsystems, while PCMark 2004 measures the performance of the computer in office and multimedia applications and also produces performance scores for the main subsystems (CPU, memory, graphical, and disk subsystem).

When connected to the electricity mains, the Fujitsu Siemens LIFEBOOK P7010 delivers about the same performance as the Sony VAIO VGN-T2XRP/S, but leaves it behind in some particular tests just because the P7010 has a faster hard drive and a higher memory frequency. We’ve got roughly the same picture when the notebooks work on the batteries, except that they suffer an almost twofold performance hit due to Intel’s Enhanced SpeedStep technology and to the automatic reduction of the CPU frequency to 0.6GHz in Max Battery mode.

The Business Winstone 2004 test runs scripts of the following real-life office applications, several scripts at a time: Internet Explorer, Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Project, PowerPoint, FrontPage, WinZip, and Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition.

The Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 test determines the performance of a computer in the following multimedia applications: Windows Media Encoder, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, NewTek LightWave 3D, Steinberg WaveLab, Dreamweaver MX, and Director MX.

The results of these two tests are tabled and diagrammed below:

The LIFEBOOK P7010 is again one step ahead of its opponent due to the above-mentioned reasons (a faster hard drive and a higher memory frequency). The performance of the sub-notebooks is almost two times lower when they are powered by the batteries as the CPU frequency is reduced in this mode to save power.

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