Well first of all I don't like how the 600m(been using my old 600m for over a year) looks and I think the d600 looks much better(IMO). Also I really wanted to have the trackpoint, because I prefer that to using a touchpad(got used to it using my old compaq armada m700 for such a long time!), so I needed to get a d600 keyboard and palmrest(the two mouse buttons are not on the 600m palmrest) to be able to use trackpoint. I already had the d600 lcd screen casing, because when I bought a replacement screen for my old 600m(upgraded it from XGA to SXGA+ screen) the used one I bought off ebay came with the d600 lcd casing.
For the lcd casing the d600 is better protected. If you take out your lcd screen from the lcd casing you can easily see the difference inside. The d600 lcd casing has what looks to be a flat metal(not sure what type) plate covering it up(behind the lcd screen), but if you look at the 600m it looks like a piece of folded aluminum foil in there. It does feel sturdier, if you push on the lcd covering compared to the 600m one.
Also it seems as if the d600 palmrest has a slightly lower profile compared to the 600m one. Not sure about the heating issue, since I only used the 30gb hd i got from dell one time, before I swapped in a 60gb 7200rpm drive. It seems like the 30gb one(on my old 600m) got hotter than what i'm using now, but that could just be that hd.
As for keyboard flex, there is still some flex, but it seems slightly reduced compared to the 600m. Not sure why that is though. For the base, it seems like it's the same exact base as the D600 one...Well I was just checking out parts-people.com and they have the same part #ON466 listed for both the "d500/d600" and the "500m/600m", so it should be the exact same base for it.
Do I recommend doing the swap? Well it depends, I personally prefer the look of the d600 over the 600m, so that's a plus for me. Now I have both the trackpoint and touchpad to use, the lcd casing is sturdier. Overall the d600 doesn't look like it has that "cheap plastic" look to it like the 600m does.
you can see better, upclose pics of an actual d600 here
oh yeah, if you do make the switch then you will have to get the d600 hd caddy, because it is different than the 600m hd caddy. You can use a d600 caddy in a 600m frame(with a little open space between the caddy and palmrest), but the 600m caddy is too big(at the top part of the caddy) to fit into the d600 frame.
Originally Posted by Canada_Scooch
Yeah I am interested too as to what you did and why? It seems from your pics that you have a 600m in a new case. Is there any benefits to having the latitude base versus the original 600m? 600m has a complaint about the heat on the left palm rest and keyboard flex. Is there now a reduction? Do you recommend the swap?
Whats the deal with the d600? (And this isnt a quote from Seinfeld) Why does everyone find the case superior? Is it lighter? more air vents?
Scotty "Asked enough questions to run me until Christmas" Romano