I've had my E1705 for several years running XP Professional, and have had constant issues with heat -- I have literally gone through 5 motherboards, 7 video cards, and 2 memory replacements, all covered under my original warranty (4 year complete care). My computer recently started overheating again and appeared to be on the brink of another failure. This time when I called Dell, they offered a replacement machine, a M1730. I have liked the E1705 -- the factors that are important to me are screen resolution (WUXGA 1920x1200), decent processing/graphics to run Adobe Creative Suite, and ability to run an external monitor as an extended desktop. Here were my original specs:They are offering to replace it with a refurbished M1730 with the following specs:The M1730 appears to be an upgrade in terms of processor and graphics card, but my biggest issues are the bulky size and weight, as I use my laptop on airplanes. It also doesn't have a VGA port, which I actually used quite a bit along with the DVI one. It also will come with Vista Ultimate, which if I am going to switch from XP, I'd rather go to Windows 7 at this point. So, I believe my choices are the following: 1) Keep the M1730. My warranty would transfer (it has 5 months left), and I would probably want to shell out an upgrade to Windows 7 instead of struggling with Vista. I'm not a gamer, are these good specs? Is this a machine I would want? 2) Try to get Dell to change the replacement to another model. I haven't kept up with all the Dell models/lines. Is there one that would offer decent resolution and graphics capabilities that wouldn't be so bulky? At a quick glance, it doesn't seem like Dell has any 17" laptops with WUXGA anymore?? 3) Keep the M1730 and sell it on Ebay, and then use that towards a brand new machine with Windows 7 and the specs I want. Any recommendations? I only found a few examples of an E1705 replacment, one being another M1730 and someone else who got a 1745. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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