AzN: According to ATI this Axion is a form-factor/connectoid type. It says the x700 has axiom and so I have to assume that it is an axion laptop. I have no idea how to verify this though as I would not know an Axiom connector if it bit my leg.
Nexor: d(h)ELL is evil. I hate them with a passion. However tha does not mean that they dont have some decent products. I just dont groove on their business practices. As to wether the laptop you have configured is better I dont know, look for reviews and I can almost guarantee that you will find some negative comments. Look also at what I and the others who have purchased this machine are saying: Yes, keyboard crap but we would still say YES to buying our Sager's.
My hinges seem fine to me. Do they swivel like a German engineered killing machine? No, but they dont squeak, grind or make any oher funky noises. The movement is firm and the screen stays in position even if I am shifting the machine around.
The laptop has spent a week traveling with approx. 8 million pounds in textbooks and has no appreciable damage. I once traveled for over a year with a toshiba satellite that was completely plastic. I beat the poo out of the poor beast so I dont fear the plastic. I expect that in a couple years when this machine is headed for the great donation pile in the sky that I will have left my mark on its hide. Bu I feel sure that it will make it that far. Of cpurse, check back in a couple months on durability issues :'))
Thansk for the advice on the sound issue I will play with it. I dont want to buy a sound card, its not the money, its the principle!
Simtech: If you think Dell will provide better support than Midern, have I got a website for you!!http://www.ihatedell.net/
Just remember, no manufacturer wants to support their product, that costs money. If you are not getting answers from Midern (Sager Direct) I would talk to PCTorque. Some guy Luke from there is on the boards naswering questions pretty frequently. If you want to go direct I dealt with Mark at Sager and he was pretty good at answering my questions. I like e-mail for casual conversations but for bidness it be by the phone.
I have left a message with their support dept on friday and will be posting how they handle my issues over the next week. Forums give me a great place to vent my impotent rage against stonewalling bureaucracies!
Pharoake: Yes it is a table saw but unfortunately I am not doing floors. We moved from a house where the saw did many wonderful things, like cut wood real nice, to a duplex with no garage where the saw is completly dissed by using it as a plant holder/bar.
and all pics will be linked in the next hour.