My point was that if the model number designation remains the same, but Dell updates the components (e.g. CPU, HD, RAM) to keep up with current laptops, then it makes complete sense that the MSRP remains largely unchanged.
I still can't believe they're selling that thing with only 512 MB of RAM and calling it a Ferrari.
Sorry...didn't mean to squelch your enthusiasm...get some aftermarket RAM for that bad boy and you're off to the races.
What I'm curious about is what happens 2 1/2 years down the road when you try to send in your broken 2 1/2 year old machine. Chances are your model has been either a) discontinued, or b) fitted with much newer components. Do they still replace your old obsolete machine with a brand new one with new components? And, if so, what's to stop somebody from abusing this?
Originally Posted by MontyBurns
After all, a fast Pentium HT cpu still outperforms the Centrino and is cheaper as well.
That's not really true for games, at least according to benchmarks I've seen online (although it does seem to apply for encoding/media). You might be right though, why bother with an energy conserving CPU when your graphics card is such a hog. I would be curious to see what the battery life would be on a Dothan/MR9800...
I don't know if you would say the price is negotiable, but I think the sales reps have a certain amount of leeway to offer you deals if they want to. I also think they work off commission, so you can use it to your advantage if you get the right representative.