What the Ratings Mean
LEGEND PC WorldBench 98 Norton MultimediaThe Value Rating is the cumulative score achieved after the evaluation of the system's performance, configuration, features, ease of setup and use, expandability, price, warranty, service and support. This score determines the ranking in the Best Buys charts and it indicates how much value you get for your dollar. Performance Rating comprises the PC WorldBench 98 result and the Norton's Multimedia Benchmark scores. These results are incorporated into the Value Rating. The Beginners Rating is an indicator of the ease of setup and use of the system. A Five Star Beginners Rating means that the system ships with a recovery CD, preinstalled software, a fold-out setup guide, well placed controls, telephone support and Internet support. The Enthusiast Rating is an indicator of the expandability and upgradeability of the system. A Five Star Enthusiast rating indicates that you can upgrade the graphics adapter and system memory, have user-removable hard-disk drives, smart bays, Type III PC-Card slot, video-out and docking station/port replicator facilities.
POWER AND VALUE CATEGORY OF NOTEBOOKS
A notebook must satisfy at least four out of the five requirements to enter the Power Category. These requirements will be updated to reflect current processor technologies as well as recommended hardware configurations for cutting edge operating system and productivity software.
The following minimum configuration is effective from PC World April 2000:
1. Minimum processor size to be Intel Pentium III 400MHz (up from PII 366) 2. Screen size to be at least 13.3in 3. Minimum hard disk to be 10GB (up from 6.4GB) 4. System RAM to be minimum 128MB (up from 64MB) 5. Graphics adapter minimum 4MB Notebooks that do not satisfy the Power category requirements will be submitted to the Value category.