Originally Posted by GruesomeToast
so it seems like many of you are against the Dell systems expecially the i8600 because it is loud, hot, and sucks up the battery power.
Im guessing the sager would be a better choice. How about Gateway? Are there any other brands i should be considering?
Also i probably wont be buying one for another 2 months so the prices on these should go down a little bit.
If equipped with ATI 9600 graphics, the Dell 8600 is loud and hot as compared to other Pentium M notebooks
. However, not even the Dell 8600 will suck as much battery power as will a Pentium 4 based notebook such as a Sager. The Gateway M505 is a good choice right now, but I expect the notebook market to change greatly during the next 2 - 3 months with releases of new mobile graphics processors from both Nvidia (5700) and ATI (9700). Intel is also expected to release a new mobile CPU (Dothan) in the same time frame. You can't really shop the notebook market by brand, since most U.S computer vendors do not make any of their own notebooks (see here
). I can't predict who will be offering the best notebooks 2 - 3 months from now.