I also love the looks of the Mitac 8050. When I started looking 6+ weeks ago, my first attraction was to the hypersonic equivilent, but when I called, they gave me a very vague timeframe. They said that the first "batch" were all spoken for, and that I might be able to get in on the second batch if I acted quickly, but they could not give me any kind of even semi-firm date. (from what I remember of the phone call, it has been awhile)
Then the Dothan was getting ready to be released, so I sat tight and waited for it to come out.
Now, with it out, I am tempted to get one of the whitebox ASUS or Mitac units, but don't know if I would pick a 1.6 Banias or 1.7 Dothan. The current "price point" seems to be with the 1.6 Banias, would anyone agree??
Other than that, I still think the new 15" IBM T42 would be a really nice system, and it has a good price with Dothan 1.7, 512MB, and 7200rpm 60GB (the price I posted) with 15 percent credit card discount, which is pretty good. Actually, the ASUS price I posted was with Dothan 1.7, 512MB but a 60GB 5400 only, so the IBM is even closer in price, unless I did a barebones model to save a pinch more. As for the HP nc6000, I think I have blown that off, the value is just not there for me. I liked the HP nc8000 15" but the price was higher than any of these systems.So, I have a NEW FINAL 3 CHOICES: (it is a free country after all)
1.) ASUS M6N widescreen WXGA
2.) Mitac 8050 WXGA (it's back on the list!!)
3.) IBM T42 15" with SXGA+ flexview
The IBM has the 15 percent credit card discount. IBM charges tax but no shipping, the other 2 charge shipping.
All of these are within a few hundred dollars or more of each other, so the money is not a factor for me.I only have 'till the first of the week, please help me decide!!