Originally Posted by MrEvil
Mind you you're probably going to have to re-buy your PS3 3 or 4 times in the time you'd keep the M1710. Consoles come with a 90 day warranty and they are made as absolutely cheap as possible since the makers (except Nintendo) eats a good chunk of change with each unit sold. Dell on the other hand makes a lucrative profit from the M1710 and has incentive to make the notebook as quality a product as possible. Contrary to what some might tell you, the M1710 would last as a viable gaming machine for a couple years.
While I don't think I disagree with you, I also don't follow your logic. If I, the "maker" as you put it, lose money with every unit then I want you to buy one and it be as durable as the airline black box and then keep buying games like gang-busters. If I make a wad of cash on each unit sold then I want you to break one every 367 days (given a 1 year warranty) and then come get another one.
I do know the drives had a tendecy to go out on the PS2 and the BluRay drive in the PS3 will be two things: Expensive to replace, and untried in term of reliability. On the other hand slimline drives for laptops are $80.
To the OP, I like having a laptop but I also like playing sports games on a console so it's like everyone else said: what do you need, what fits those needs, and what can you afford?