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Here in these three content creation based tests that the ECS i-Buddie XP is around 5-12% slower than the desktop setup of the same variations. The most likely cause for this difference is in the I/O of the two systems. The Travelstar hard drive running at only 4500 RPM is miles behind 7200 RPM IDE drives of today. However, on the Sysmark test, the differences are much slimmer – less than a percent. This is due to the fact that Sysmark test are much less hard drive dependent than the ZDNet tests.
The office tests on the two systems show the same kind of results between the desktop and desknote setups. Here the ECS system is behind by 13% and 7% respectively on the two tests. Once again, the major drawback here is the laptop hard drives as a much tighter bottleneck on system performance than at any other time. The desktop system is just able to pull ahead with the faster I/O. If ECS were to offer, or if you were to buy, a 5400 RPM hard drive or faster mobile drive, I think we would see these scores tighten up quite a bit.