Originally Posted by CrackatiCz
Well the reason why the M90 is better is because it has looks and is cheaper, the M1710 isnt considered " Professional " I dont own an M90 either though I want one.
I wouldn't say that is why it's "better" at all. First off, whether or not something is "considered professional" isn't what the original poster was asking. He simply asked whether or not it was "better" and better in this comparison should be based on performance, period. He's apparently a gamer and wanted to know which one was better for gaming.
Since they're both great gamer machines
the votes are the same, although the 1710 supposedly beats the M90 by just a touch in that arena from what I've read (although I haven't done a side by side comparison). As far as looks goes... although I'm not a stock broker, I do have the 1710 and use it for business as well as work and every time i've taken it to a presentation or anything for clients they all look at it and say "wow, nice notebook", they don't say, "geez why don't you get a more professional looking machine" or "wow that's the freaking most badass computer I've ever seen"...it's not on either side of those spectrums.
Believe what you will... the machines are the same more or less performance wise, but the 1710 is geared more for gaming and the M90 is geared more for business apps like CAD/CAM and other editing. Now, if he was asking which machine should he buy if price MATTERED, then yes of course the M90 is the way to go...if price wasn't an issue, the 1710 is the machine of choice. If you want to make your xps look more "professional" then simply turn off the LEDs and it changes the appearance in a boardroom setting drastically.
We have tons of dell notebooks where I work and they're all great machines. JMHO.