Pros: Inexpensive dual core CPU with more than enough processor for daily internet and word processing use that is by fare more powerful than the Atom chips being pushed at the low end. A very capable drop upgrade in for single and slower Pentiums and Celerons
Cons: Your older motherboard might not support this chip. It is now 2 generation behind Intel's top of the line offerings with low cost chips due out soon. For a few more dollars, you could by a chip which is much better for gaming uses.
Bang for the buck it's hard to beat ! This is not your father's Celeron.
8 May 2011
Summary: If you're objective is to build an everyday computer for Internet access, e-mail and still have the ability to run solitaire etc. in the background this CPU would be a good choice. Don't confuse this with the old Celerons. This is a true dual core CPU that runs Windows 7 very well. Many people do not do their homework before purchasing a CPU. If you take a look at Passmark Benchmark you will see that this rates a 1721.