Oh I forgot, there are TWO other systems I have seen that I wonder about since getting my 1710...
The 19" titanium macs and the PC notebook made by Asus or Toshiba that USES THE SAME chasis and case as those macbook 19's... the CONS of them BOTh were, (outside of half my CAD-work software not running on bootcamp at the time)
they both get a bit *toasty* for warm climates. In itself this ain't so great, but at the around $4k to replicate the compenents in a 9400 or XPS-cert-ref'r'b, forget it! My bro got one of the 19" macs and it's a BEAUTIFUL machine, especially for TRAVELING. It's a hair lighter than my 1710, and about half as thick. It feels a lot sturdier and the USB/firewire plugs can't be BROKEN off- as they attack on the surface with magnets! HMFC!!! (Why doesn't DELL do this?)
We were both hessitating for about 6 months. I researched sometimes 4 hours a day, and then said- forget it- I'll get what I can afford, and I got something I can upgrade the VIDEO easy (finding the PARTS is another story, or affording them- so think about this!!!)...
I'd seriously consider trading someone for one of those titanium macs now, if it had a Gf79xx in it. I see NO difference between the ATI's in the m90's and my card, and mine does games... *plubbbth! -thumbs noses at other CAD rigs*
However, the hard drive in that HP dv8000 (the ONLY ones that have it, they cut it out of the newer ones!!! WTF, more idiot engineers!!!) really.. really...
Man that is sweet. And you can just as easily get TWO of those laptops for the price of a 9400 loaded or a cert-refurb XPS middle of the road rig, or 4 for the cost of the titanium chassis Mac's or the PC version
*anyone know which firm made those PC versions? Was it Asus, Toshiba, Abit.. huh??? I'll repost if I ever find out*
-by the way #2, you can UPDATE the image in the HPA on your partition- that's the easy part. Upgrading the HD itself is the nightmare... and ANYONE can put an image on a hidden partition using partition edit and ghost- to make it immune from viruses, even macros... so
get I'd get the HP dv8000 with a dual core T7200+ series and add in a bunch of ram and a 2nd HD. Heck, get two.
Or a dell with a full 9 yards, 4 year warranty.
I mean, go AHEAD.... spill coffee all over it. I dare ya. I'll be back in two days with a *new* one. And my USB drive intact.
and all this stuff about new gear and better CPU's and such... it won't matter in the real world except maybe a tiny bit- meantime, you'll be using your new laptop and HAVING FUN and being unplugged and out there USING something you want. Find a sale, get a warranty, and pick up the upgrades in your budget and get to playing on your laptop!!! You'll be selling the desktop soon or downgrading it to some old used 866eb rig with 10 used ide drives on a lan as your file server... Because you'll have that WICKED COOL laptop you want and love to use.
don't wait, except to go check them out in person (coffee shops are good places, usually most people don't mind showing you for a minute or two, even let you pick it up gently if you tell them you're considering buying one just like it. You can even throw mine in the air to see how it feels- hey...
-IT'S A DELL.