One reason for going with a 2.0, I can see, would be come resale time. 2Ghz just looks beefier than 1.8Ghz on an auction header. I plan to upgrade as early as possible to Merom, so it didn't weight into my decision.
Man, it makes me nervous knowing that I have "pre-ordered" the laptop... lol, Ken assured me that I wouldn't have to worry about it, but it still has me nervous. And... the 2.0 was the way to go for me personally. I will have a "beefy" enough processor to wait for the merom's to drop in price a few times, so I won't need to upgrade as soon. I plan on holding out on the meroms as long as I can so that I'll be able to save my money. lol... plus, I think this config is going to be just fine for me for a while atleast.
It means that although the S96J is currently out, GenTech is out/low on stock. I have pre-ordered, and even though they have some currently, I will probably get one from the July 14th set that comes through. However, GenTech will be able to ship me one sooner than any other reseller at the moment, and for this beast, it has to be worth the wait.
I just wanted to add a few remarks regarding GenTech. I've been impressed with their customer support. I called in and Ken was happy to answer any of my questions. He has now gone out of his way to contact me about the status of my order. I had some reserves because I simply had not heard as much about GenTech as some of the other resellers prior to my purchase, but it has been a phenomenol experience so far...(I ordered the laptop the night of the 5th). I don't anticipate any problems, but in the rare event that I receive my laptop and something is wrong, I have no worries about talking to someone from GenTech about it. I can tell that they really care about their customers. I've ordered from other companies, and GenTech has been the most pleasurable to deal with.