Originally Posted by darkloki
I dont think you can say that here, that the Lattitude are better quality then then the Inspirons. I'm sorry but I'm leaning towards the fact that all 5 of these computers (9300,XPS Gen2 or M1710, M90, 9300, and M1710) are based on the same Chasis. And although they have differnce's for the most part they are Subtle, if you want to talk about effects in performance. I highly doubt the M90 is all of a sudden going to be less prone to breaking just because it's labeled LATTITUDE.
But I feel that ALL OF THESE MACHINES Are Excellant Quality and shouldn't break on you.
However it is to my knowledge, Unless they changed it, that because the Lattitude series is only for Business, that Dell SUPPORT is ENGLISH SPEAKING, PEOPLE FROM AMERICA, that can be a huge plus in itself.
Obviously these machines are built from the same chassis family, and have only small differences in the motherboard, etc. What I'm talking about (and this MAY not be the case with the NEWEST latitude/precision) is the quality of things like the palmrest, trackpad, bezel etc. In the past the Latitude/Precision series have used some type of alloy for those types of parts, whereas the Inspiron series have used only the "cheap" plastics which wears out quicker. I am by no means the authoritative source on this, merely adding what I've experienced and heard.
As far as performance goes, I never said the fact that it's labelled "Latitude" or "Precision" has anything to do with that. In fact, I indicated that as far as games, etc go, the Precision would't perform as fast as the equivalent Inspiron.
ANYWAY, to summarize for the OP, the M1710 will have a slight edge for gaming, but the M90 looks cooler and may have better longevity as far as the casings etc. In addition, you will probably get better support (if you need it), for the reasons darkloki outlined.