Wow...holy shite, you guys are getting yours NEXT WEEK?!? I customized one, and it's been sitting 'In Production' (Pre-Production on the main Account page) for NINE DAYS (since 9/28)!! They haven't touched it, or even gathered the parts together in one place, apparently. My 'estimated ship date' isn't until October 22nd, FFS...how long does it bloody take to snap on a grey lid and a 2.8 processor?!? Muther pus-bucket.
PS. Yeah, I went ahead and ordered one, basically after hearing talk about the chassis design, of all things...(*hangs head in shame and shuffles feet, wondering why ~$5000 in business credit sounded like such a small number when convincing self it was worth it--then remembers this chassis will last 3 years and receive every graphics and processor upgrade Dell introduces along the way since they blew such a wad on R&D and have so much cooling head-room in the f@cker*)...all
in all, this is the best thing I could buy, since it is (graphics-wise) at least a small upgrade from the 1710 (and in terms of overall features and power, a HUGE upgrade...they finally caught up with Sager in that department)...The big convincer, though, was the fact that it will likely only be obsolete when Dell decides to hibernate for another 1.5 years and design a new chassis, instead of just releasing four million upgrades for the thing, and beating everyone to the market with all the cool new hardware! Once again, I wish I could press the 'Fast-Forward' button on the VCR of life...heh, last time I wished that was ordering the 1710; before that, the XPS2; and before that, the XPS1. Each one lasted a bit longer before being replaced, and I'm hoping the 1730 is a leap beyond and will justify the early-adoption gamble (i.e. Pay more now and use it longer before obsolesence, or pay less later and need a new 'puter sooner to keep up with cutting edge).