Originally Posted by Johnmcl7
I agree with Victor, when the 8600 came out it was pretty much the only mainstream laptop the combined the pentium-m and a high powered graphics card, at the time the FX 5650 and 9600 pro turbo. If Dell had produced a true successor, a 15.4 inch machine with a 6800 or similar (the M70 doesn't count as it's not a consumer model) then I think you would see a lot more interest.
The M70 like the D810 is targetted at business, but is also a great home machine. Both the D810 and M70 are superior to the i6000 for gaming, whatever Dell's primary focus for them. It is up to the consumer whether they want to go for the Inspiron line or the Latitude. If the Latitude/Precision lines were of comparable cost to the Inspirons, of course no one would buy the i6000. Dell have decided that the i9300 with a 6800 gpu and a 17" screen is the perfect gaming machine, and they are right - except for the XPS2, in countries where it is available. For those of us who prefer a 15.4" footprint, there is the i6000, the D810 or the M70. Amongst these machines, other features are so similar that for gaming the choice is mainly a mater of which gpu, and at what cost. For older generation games the X300 is OK - it is also the stock gpu for the i9300. For gamers the X600 is not different enough from the X300 to make a huge difference, but the D810 is definitely superior to the i6000. For most users, the M70 is the equal to the 6800-configured i9300. But serious gamers would find the 17" screen of the i9300 much superior to the 15.4" screen, which is markedly smaller than the standard ratio 15" screen on the old Inspiron 8600. But no gamer who could afford it would choose the i9300 over the XPS2, if it were available, just as within the 15.4" form factor the M70 is daylight ahead of the D810 and the i6000 as a gaming machine. For the ultimate machines in each form range the limiting factor is cost: is the extra cost warranted for the markedly superior gpu in each case? That's for each consumer to judge. However, I was surprised that Dell didn't bring out an Inspiron equivalent of the M70 with a 6600, X700 or even 6800 gpu - or a i6000 with a gpu fan and the same gpu options. Quite a big policy shift from before.