This occasional column, written by sneaker-wearing GCN Lab manager Michael Cheek,
will focus on sneaky computer problems and undocumented or hard-to-find solutions. Got a
puzzle and can't seem to find a fix? Have questions about a recent article? Drop e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org and include a physical address. If your question appears, you'll receive a
free GCN T-shirt--and an answer.
Dear Sneaker: I have always enjoyed and respected GCN, but I question the poor
rating given to Micron Electronics Inc.'s Millennia Transport 133 in your recent notebook
reviews [GCN, Aug. 5, Page 46]. Other computer publications have given the
Transport a four-star rating and an Editor's Choice award. I don't know how to reconcile
your different results.
"This is very important to me, as I am typing this e-mail on a new Micron
Millennia Transport 133. I don't want a performance dog and will exercise my money-back
option if necessary."
--Maj. Roger W. Astin, U.S. Army
SNEAKER: I've read the other publications' reviews, too, but the GCN Lab had a
different experience with the first-ever Micron notebook it evaluated. Although the
Transport's GCNdex benchmark scores were low, we did say Micron Electronics built a solid
In the end, the most important benchmark for any product comes from the user. How do
you feel about your Micron? If it works fast enough for you, it's fast enough. Remember,
dogs can be loyal friends. If the Micron Transport is working fine for you, we recommend
you keep it and enjoy it.
Dear Sneaker: I'm considering Dell Computer Corp.'s Latitude LM P133ST. Sounds
like you prefer the 100-MHz version of the LM, since you gave it a Bang for the Buck prize
[ Aug. 5, Page 35]. Have you heard of any glitches in Dell 133s? What about 13-inch
displays and eight-speed CD-ROMs coming to notebooks?''
--Ken Cramer, Energy Department
SNEAKER: Dell didn't send us a 133-MHz Latitude LM, but it did send a Latitude
XPi 133ST [GCN, July 29, Page 37] that received a Reviewer's Choice designation.
The LM contains a CD-ROM drive; the XPi did not. We've found no glitches in any 133-MHz
Pentium notebooks that we can attribute to the chip itself.
Portables are so hot that it's tough to keep up with them. A week after we finished our
report on 28 notebooks, we had vendors lining up to send us more--bigger displays, faster
CD-ROMs, jumbo hard drives and Intel Corp.'s new 150-MHz Pentium chips. Go ahead and buy
now. If you wait, something new or improved will always be on the horizon, and you'll
never actually have a notebook.