Performance TestsOur performance testing of the Dell Inspiron M101z begins with a battery of SiSoft Sandra benchmarks. These benchmarks measure the performance of the laptop’s processor and the capabilities of the laptop’s chipset (in terms of memory performance).
Our second series of tests focuses on the popular benchmark programs from Futuremark. This includes 3DMark 06, 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage.
The Ion-powered Eee PC 1201N was surprisingly able to catch up to the M101z in 3DMark 06. Still, I don’t think you should read too much into this score. The M101z’s processor will result in a better subjective experience when playing both HD video and games.
Overall the performance scores of the M101z aren’t surprising. It isn’t the fastest laptop you can buy, but it is perfectly adequate for light usage. Users who are looking for a laptop that will be able to quickly transcode video or handle other processor intensive tasks will want to look elsewhere.