I thought the cpu's were not swappable as they are different pin out configs, but I could be wrong. I would see which you could get more for. Which do you use more? I have a m1210 and love it. You can swap the wireless cards and blue...
Configure an M1530 with the WUXGA option if you do photo editing. Higher res and still not a heavy laptop. Go with the 8600GT and you should be set. There are coupons out now for 25% off M1530.
Just my two cents. It is a light...
Absolutely. I just picked up for $1145 ($1265 with tax and shipping) the following:
4 GB RAM
Intel4965 Wireless N
120GB 5400rpm Drive
9 Cell Battery
5 Button Blue...
Go for the discrete graphics. It does not severely impact battery life and you will notice a difference in DVD rendering and if perchance you did decide to game later. Go with the 9 cell battery as well you will not regret it....
For me, I got a rev B3 quad at 3.01 ghz with a 320 8800GTS right now. I cannot wait till we see the newer rev high end cards in say 6 months. Should be a scream.I am hoping for a 7950GX2 type for the 8800GT with 1 GB VRAM and two cores...