i'm typing this message from my "old" fujitsu 6120. i like 6120 because it's light and for people who travel a lot (in my case, i was in the air for about two weeks last year, not waiting in the airport, not going there, just literally flying), slightly under 5 lb with adapter and everything is a God sent.
anyway, the reason i'm getting this one is because i'm now pushed into doing some of more technical work as opposed to managing. guess my management skills weren't good enough to get the guys to finish the job.
i also worked with some old dell laptops (2,3 years old) prior to this and have played around with ibm t4x and t3x, so i guess i can tell you some relative build quality and such...
Solid. If I really want to, I can make the screen warp, but I'm not that brave. I do have to open the screen with two hands because the hinges are still bit tight. I wonder if this will continue, but it doesn't bother me.
Compared to Fujitsu, it is definitely firmer(?). Compared to Dell... The Precision workstation laptop I'm used to is equally strong. If I compared to the 8600, I would 3790 over it on the way screen gives when I flip it open. Don't get me wrong, 8600 is not as bad as some people make it out to be. Different laptops for different people....
Finally, compared to IBM, I would give the edge to IBM only because they somehow build it lighter yet make it feel solid. Overall, I would venture to guess no one will knock 3790 on build quality.
(side note: HD formatting at 73%)
Funny that I mention heat in spite of not having run anything yet. It's because I noticed that there is definitely more heat generated at the wristpad right now as I'm formatting the HD compared to my Fujitsu. If I type for an extended period of time, I may find it warm enough to make my hands sweat. Of course, everyone in this forum types with their wrists up because that's the proper form for typing. I think I'll continue to use my external mouse/keyboard (wireless Logitech) for this laptop and turn on the extended desktop mode, which I assume will be available once I finish loading all the drivers and such. Anyway, heat is not something you can ignore. By the way, the computer is sitting on top of a wooden desk. I suggest people to look into a cooler. I'll probably stop by CompUSA or Circuit City to get mine on my merry way home.
The fan is on right now, but it's getting swamped by the fan noise of my Fujitsu, which happens to be about four inches behind my Sager. I would say if you work in an office, you probably will not notice the fan noise unless you are one of those people who wake up in the middle of the night because your neighbor's phone rang.