Performance and Benchmarks
Netbook performance has improved considerably since they arrived on the scene four years ago. The 2120 has a newer Intel dual-core processor, which improves multitasking capabilities. 2GB of RAM is more than enough for general usage; typically, netbooks have only included 1GB. Lastly, the 250GB 5400RPM drive is light on power consumption yet provides enough on the performance front to not hold the machine back. Dell offers the 2120 with even faster 7200RPM drives.
As someone coming from a modern mainstream notebook with a full-power processor, the 2120 feels slightly sluggish in everyday operation. Web pages take perhaps 0.5 – 1 second longer to load. YouTube videos sometimes drop frames, depending on the video. Otherwise, the performance is adequate for office applications. Keep in mind that netbooks are intended to be secondary machines; some performance compromises are acceptable in order to keep price and power consumption down.
Wprime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):