Originally Posted by vertox
I do have some concerns...
Size It is my understanding that the M60 and the 8600 share the same chassis. I have looked at the 8600 at a kiosk in our local mall and the laptop is rather large. I plan to tote this thing quite a bit. Work, home, travel.
Heat I have read several posts that describe issues with heat dissipation. If the laptop is uncomfortable, how can you use it?
Build quality IBM is noted for the laptops that they build. However, Dell has had some issues. Plastics, performance, etc.
I've read other issues as well but these stand out the most.
How does the nvidia video handle photo editing, games, etc.? I have heard good and bad.
You will be dissapointed sizewise. the 8600 and m60 are nearly identical in size the only difference is frame material which the m60 wins for its stronger and lighte rmaterial used but at a cost premium.
Heat is never really an issue unless you used maxed out components Ie, 1.7gh cpu, 7200 rpm hardrive and 128mb video card especially the radeon 9600. but none of it is to th epoint where its uncomfortable especially in comparrison to heat wave monsters like Sager, Alienware and Hypersonic. PentiumM's generally make the term "laptop" usable again.
Build quality is where IBM shines which i cant say as much for there design team
but i wouldnt reccomend against dell. Despite what you believe the 8600/m60 are extremely sturdy machines that can even take short falls off table ledges.
Im a digital photographer and between using the 4200 go, 5650 go, M9600 hands down you will see best visual quality and vividness with the nvidia cards. colors arnt as washed out and if they are nview has amazing color correction compared to ATI's. Quadro definetly would meet or beat your expectations here.