The Pix are here........First of all size: a bit thicker than M30, not so much
Now the keyboards: my M30 isn't paradise, but at least it looks well design, apart from having the winkey in the upper part of it
The 9400 really has a poor design. Why did they have to squeeze they keyb with all that space available?
Still about the keyabord: a point for the 9400 here, when you place your wrists on the portable to type the M30 "bends", while the 9400 gives a very robust impression.
Defintely the 9400 isn't stylish....but probably style wasn't Dell's main goal.
Remember that pix were taken with a 4mp camera, but scaled down to 800x600 to make reasonable posting, no flash; most of them are out of focus, but the point here is uneven luminosity of the 9400's screen
I've started setting the brightness of the 2 notebooks at 50%, but after a few shots I had to increase the delly's brightness to match Toshy's.
M30 Perfect; ignore the left part of the screen where it's noticeable a glow given by a mirror in front of the notebook with the shape of my shadow taking the pic.
9400 Judge yourself!
M30 sports a clear, crisp image, evenly lighted....can't say the same for the 9400...check out the right side of the screen, the taskbar, especially in the clock area
Web pages (ugly dark areas on 9400)
M30 9400 Notice the absence/flatness of contrast: the web page light blue bars on the Dell are barely visible.....
Hitachi Travelstar 7K100 on a Toshy's Pentium M 1.6 (Banian)
Fujitsu on Duo Core 1.8Ghz
Unfair comparison here, the Travelstar outperforms the Fujitsu, but would you expect for a turtle when 2000 Euros have slipped out of your pocket?
Also consider that HDTune was run on a 10% free space on the Travelstar and 90% free on the Fujitsu, dunno if thise fact can alter results. As I've said before, boot on the Toshy, fully software bloated is faster than a "virgin" XP install on the 9400
The 9400, in this config has potential guts, but it looks to me an "incomplete" model: the screen is crappy and the disk is slow.
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