Originally Posted by Chrysaor
Dell Inspiron 9300 or 9400 w/ WXGA+ (1440x900) screen
I had kind of ignored Dell because with Texas tax their prices are not that great and the Inspiron is way ugly IMHO -- I am so sick of silver noteboks! But I did not realize the base screen was old school. Hmmm...
Why no Gigabit ethernet? I am really surprised this is not standard now. I'd use wireless mostly but every now and then could see jacking into my home LAN to do a big transfer or work on my photos which are on a seperate server where the Gigabit really speeds things up. But it does have DVI out which is another thing I want if I can get it just for future expandability/use.
I also like the Toshiba P100 and HP dv9000t but I think both only come in glossy -- unless I'm reading their literature wrong.
Not sure how big of an external monitor via DVI each could drive.
Dell really gives it to you on XP Pro. $150 vs $59/$79 for HP/Toshiba. Maybe I will just wait for systems with a Vista upgrade coupon to come out. That will likely be $200 saved and perhaps October? Although I doubt I'd switch right away, I would probably eventually.
I wish I did not do .NET programming + have so much darn software for Windows. I might just junk it all for Macs (I do have an old G4), however. Some of the UI bits bug me -- and has since I had a NeXT as my primary workstation a lonnnggg time ago -- but I like the Mach OS and UN*X command shell (vs. Cygwin which I use on Windows).
The 17" MacBook Pro is soooo expensive for my use. I'd have to research boot camp more to know whether I'd have compatability problems.