Originally Posted by cyke
I will recommend 8600 since it's a well-balanced laptop. I was thinking of getting the XPS to replace the 8600 I bought last Jan, but the price set me off. Dell also has option for on-site support as well. Support has been treating me well so far... exceeded my expectations.
If you have the luxury of time, you can wait for the latest and greatest models to come out but consider the price premium you would pay for the new models. 8600's price gives the biggest bang for the buck.
My 8600 is a keeper now and I will probably buy a new one after 2 yrs. Until then, I will just watch on the sidelines on the latest models and keep enjoying my 8600.
I'm coming your way, Cyke. The more I hash out all the pros/cons, the less sense it makes to dump my three-week old 8600 (with its now-perfect Samsung LCD
) for the XPS. Every game I throw at my 8600 runs perfectly (UT2004 is my new favorite...it's awesome in 1920x1200!
), every application I use for my work runs smoothly (MS Office 2003, RoboDemo, FrameMaker, Visio, several others
), and did I mention its great screen?
Dell's onsite service has been great, the port replicator is a terrific complement, and the battery life, light weight, and excellent wireless card make this 8600 tough to beat for $$.
I think I'll wait to see if someone develops a 17" WUXGA notebook, maybe the successor to Sager's 8790, before I look to buy another notebook.