Designed to optimize the speed of data transfers on a laptop computer,
Lapcelerator unfortunately falls short in my evaluation. The claim is to speed data
transfers with networked computers, retrieving e-mail, and in the loading of web pages.
Although I was not able to test the networked computer environment, I did use it to
retrieve e-mail and noticed no significant speed difference.
More specific testing included the loading of applications located on the hard drive. Windows 98 took an average of 42 seconds to load Netscape Composer and Lapcelerator accomplished this task in 52 seconds. Under Windows, Pointcast was loaded in 21 seconds and Lapcelerator took 30 seconds. Windows Explorer loaded in 2 seconds under Windows and 3 seconds under Lapcelerator. My Computer launched in 5 seconds under Windows and an average of 13 seconds with Lapcelerator.
For web pages, Lapcelerator took 108 seconds to completely load 4 pages from different sites and Netscape took 76 seconds to load the same four pages. (Note: the cache was emptied between tests.) Based on these findings I do not recommend Lapcelerator at this time.
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