It is well worth it to get the replacement.
Now, said the egoist, to my problem:
I am really in a qunadary now, as there are three possible choices, given my budget and needs.
I am not a gamer, and edit video seldom.
Sager 5680, UXGA, 2.8, 512, DVDRW, wireless - $2087
Dell, WUXGA, 1.7, 512, DVDRW, wireless- 2539
Hyperdata, AMD64bit 3000, 512, DVDRW, wls - 1950
Now, although all three are about the same, the following factors interest me:
1. Dell has financing available, keeping my credit cards free.
2. I do a lot of text reading, so the clearer screen is nice.
3. The dell price includes the three year warranty, since it is in the financing.
4. I am mostly concerned with a three year useful lifecycle, thus quality is very important, and robustness. Flimsy will not do.
5. I am afraid of what will happen with the Hyperdata tech support as it is non-existant, sager almost so, and Dell, while it sucks, is available Sundays at one am, when things usually go wrong.
6. I usually run linux, so I only need the Windows for weird hardware, video capture, and Streets and Trips....
7. Run on batery hardly ever.
Thus, between Dell and Sager, which is sturdier?
Is the difference in speed between 1.7M and 2.8 noticeable in favour of either?
How likely is the quality of the hyperdate box to equal the sager?
Are the Dell's as flimsy as one hears, as I travel all the time/
thanks for the help.
I promise, as soon as I get whichever I shall post my complete tweaked linux install in the appropriate forum as thanks to all of you who help so generously.