M1210 ups and downsThere is definitely a problem in the industry of trying to mislead customers about what they're buying. It should be fairly clear. They know that a lot of customers get tired of researching and digging for every technical feature, and often won't even know what to dig for. I Knew what I was getting into when I was buying my M1210, but some people just might not have the background to understand what they should be looking for. There are several things about configuring the Dell M1210 online that are misleading. Trying to find out exactly what the AV communications package gave you was a major pain. It just didn't tell you on the webpage (on the Canadian site). Especially the wireless aspects. Talking to a sales rep is like talking to a used car salesman. They're misleading and often have no idea what the capabilities of the product are. I found myself explaining to the sales rep that the RAM was running at 533 and not 667. He had no idea what the AV package gave. He tried to tell me it was all just software. He was really clueless. The average consumer might've "taken it up the ass" if they were not suspicious. And then had to pay a %15 re-stocking fee to return it. Was it clear to everyone whether their system would have bluetooth or not? They're passing more laws now to get businesses to stop hiding what the consumer is really getting, but you can't protect %100.
Anyway, I've been playing around with my M1210 for about a week now and it is generally a very nice laptop. The weight is a little more than expected but the system has got some serious kick so it's definitely forgiveable. I've played Doom 3 at 1024x768 on high settings and it is absolutely fine. The lack of a DVI is a bit of dissappointment but I don't think it really makes much difference. I knew about it when I bought it. I went and bought a Viewsonic VA1912wb and it looks pretty nice at 1280x800. Watched The incredibles and was quite impressed. I tried out the 5.1 surround sound and it seems fine. Have to test that out more though. So 5.1 is not hardware supported? It's done through software?
Mind you, if I could do it all over again I think I would go for the Macbook Pro. A seriously sweet laptop. Beautifully designed that gives lots of power and features. It's kinda big, but very thin, so the weight is comparable (if you get the M12010 with the extended battery). And, if you buy their complete care and never use it, they give you the money back at the end of the term. Sweet!
Either that, or the Asus Portable one MX. Another nice power laptop.
Dell needs to offer something slightly larger (13 or 14 inches) with the same or more power. The 640m doesn't cut it. A lot of manufacturers are missing a market here. Maybe Dell's got something coming down the pipe?