Dell has introduced the M101z, the second AMD platform based on the Athlon Neo architecture, but on close scrutiny, it has left us with a lasting impression that the M101z may well have been mispriced, a situation that leaves it weakened against the cheaper Inspiron 11z.
According to CPU Benchmark, the Athlon II Neo K325 scores a CPU mark (opens in new tab) of 804 while the Pentium Dual Core Processor ULV SU4100, its direct competitor in the Inspiron 11z (opens in new tab), scores a more than respectable 990, a 19 per cent difference that is even more remarkable as both CPUs have the same clockspeed.
The rest of the configuration, save the video card and the antivirus subscription scheme is rigorously the same. Both come with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, a 1366x768 pixels 11.6-inch TFT display, 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard disk drive and one year warranty.
The AMD-based M101z (opens in new tab) has an ATI RS880M chipset (which uses the Radeon HD 4200) which is more powerful than the Intel GS45 which comes with the older GMA 4500MHD graphics.
However, the 11z comes with 15-month subscription with McAfee SecurityCenter compared to 6-month only with the M101z. Pricewise, the latter is £30 more expensive and weighs more than the 11z, partly due to the fact that it comes with a 6-cell battery by default whereas the 11z has a 3-cell one.
So in conclusion, Dell may have to reduce the price of the M101z if it wants it to be more successful than the 11z.