I won't disgree with you Datheron, all I can site is opinions based on experience. I remember when I bought my 9150 solo that everyone thought I was an idiot paying so much, while they were buying 166Mhz, and 266Mhz max laptops, with 92MB to 128MB. Many of them upgraded a year ot two later to 300Mhz and 400MHz with 128 MB to 256MB (as they didn't want to pay for the top of the line). You can barely use that anymore either. I would suspect that most of them have upgraded a third time, when my puppy is still a work horse.
Granted, I'm well outdated too on this lappy, but it still hangs in there with the latest apps and it's still working 5 years later.
It's a long-term investment, and I would bet that LongHorn and future apps will more and more take advantage of HT. If you aren't using any programs that currently use HT, then you don't need it now - true. Sure, you can buy a 2.4 Ghz machine now, but when those other apps or OS's do come out and you want HT, you'll be paying more money again.
The fact is you pay a pretty penny for the latest technology, but find yourself upgrading less. If you buy outdated stuff for much cheaper, you upgrade more often. Do the math. How much did I spent ONE TIME in 5 years, versus what someone else spent 3 times in a 5-year period?
There is a strategy though. The trick, in my opinion is to time it so you get the latest of a *brand new* technology that looks strongly like the wave of the future *shortly* after release. For example, to get something with HT now, and DVD/+R/-R is sure to last for several years to come. I would invest in something like that. The Sager's I see finally support both versions of DVD. Therefore, whether one overtakes the other, like Beta/VHS (Beta losing), I'll have both. Who knows, +R could overtake, and all the folks with only -R will be surprised and bummed? When I first got my lappy, it was *new* technology for a laptop.
I think it a waste of money, at this time to buy a 3.2 without HT. As per gsferrari suggesting Prescott and others saying the EE isn't worth it, I'm waiting to time my purchase for something like a Prescott, which has HT and the bigger cache, and also the latest 256 Vid MB both of which should last for some time. I may pay more buying a month or two after release (and after some kinks/bugs are worked out), but I bet I'll be upgrading alot less than someone who pays half the price for a 1.4 GHZ machine now with 64 Vid MB, and only a CDRW, 512MB memory, etc.
Truly, if you're already thinking prices in the 2.8+ GHZ range, or even a 3.2 original without HT, I think it worth the extra couple of bucks to get something with HT.
There's no doubt that a 1024MB machine with Prescott or other 3.x+ CPU and 256MB Vid will stay in play MUCH LONGER.
IMHO between Prescott, 80GB 7200 RPM, and 256 Vid MB all soon-to-be-released for lappys all around the same time, plus the recently released 4 bays, RAID and DVD/-R/+R, I think the next few months will be that *perfect timing* to pay that *pretty penny* for a new top-of-the-line lappy that will have the best return over the longest period of time, and have the best chance of all of its technology being a strong player for years to come.
My two cents.