Got It!I finally received the M675X! Compared to the ship times other people mentioned ... I think mine came pretty fast. It shipped from China like 2-3 days after I ordered it and I received it 4 days later (all business days of course).
I love the speed -- after what I was working with before this is great. Even though I knew the dimensions -- it's larger than what I thought it would be -- but the widescreen is great!
In response to some of the people saying they can't take advantage of the widescreen when viewing dvd's -- You have to make sure you are viewing the widescreen version and if you are using WinDVD right click on the video and go to widescreen options and change it to pan and scan (something like that?).
I personally don't think the fan is that loud -- for what the machine is. It also seems to stay cool. After reading reviews about how hot this machine gets I was expecting to to get hotter than my iSeries -- it doesn't come close to those temps on the bottom of my iSeries.
Graphics are excellent -- i only have the 64MB card but it looks really good -- I just downloaded Need for Speed Underground demo to test it.. great graphics, no freezing or skipping of the music or movement! GREAT!
The screen has NO dead pixels ... perfect shape -- clear and BRIGHT! (when plugged in) -- I found out you have to keep brightness low when using battery -- really does make a difference.
In regards to battery life.. I think I'm getting about 2 hours 15 minutes -- which I think is good for what the machine is. What do you expect with a 17.1" screen and a Pentium 4 HT?
Only problem -- wondering if anyone else had this problem. I had it sitting on my desk -- clear all around it (it was kind of a hot day outside though and it was warm in my dorm room) -- anyways .. I watched a DVD for about 1hr 20 minutes and it froze -- nothing would move so I ejected the disc and it was VERY hot - guessing that's why it froze. Anyone else have these problems?
--To be honest I do not plan on watching DVDs all the time on this -- but when burning is this a problem? - I hope not!
VERY happy with the purchase. Love the keyboard -- the keys are quiet and have a nice bounce back on them ... I was used to the trackpoint on the IBM laptops but am getting use to the touchpad on this and liking it much better.