Normally the Dell 700m is about the same price as the Sentia, however Dell is having a 15% of sale so that is where the price difference is coming from.There should be another 20% off coupon very soon.Who knows what the future may hold??Over the years Dell typically runs crazy deals to increase their quarterly earnings. I just received a 25% off Dell Small Business coupon.
25% off with exclusive e-mail coupon:
DimensionTM 3000, 4600, 4600C, 4700, 8400 and XPS desktops
OptiPlexTM GX280 and SX280 desktops
Dell PrecisionTM 370, 470, 670 and M60 workstations
Inspiron 600m, 700m and XPS notebooks
LatitudeTM D505, D600 and D800 notebooks
- The Sentia offers a 7200rpm drive while the 700m uses a 4200rpm drive.True, but you can buy a Hitachi 7200RPM 9.5mm 7K60 from Newegg for $172.00 shippedBut why mess around with that when you can just get it with the Sentia? Why void the dell warranty to add a different drive?You DO NOT void any warranty by replacing the hard drive or memory. However if those parts fail or cause a problem they are not warrantied by Dell (of course).
- The Sentia is about half a pound lighter.The Sentia weight of 3.8 lbs. is without a battery if I recall.Not sure, but if you spend the money to get the second battery not only are you increasing the cost but adding weight.Adding a few extra ounces is a small price to pay for double the battery life.
- The Sentia has about an hour and a half longer battery life.Not if you upgrade the 700m battery to the 8cell for ~$70.00, then you'll have roughly 5 hrs. of battery time.See above.See above.
- The Sentia is about a half inch thinner.I think that depends on "where" you measure.I was measuring from the top to the bottom.There's no doubt that it's slightly thinner.
- More USB ports on the Sentia.Yes, it has 3, but it says one is on the bottom. Why is there a USB port on the underside of a notebook? The 700m has 2 on the left side.Its a handy place to tuck the USB Bluetooth Adapter.Yes, I found a picture of a Sentia with a BT adapter. However the location is still the left side of the chassis, not the bottom.
- The Sentia's cool factor is at least double the 700m.I agree. The little alien head with blue eyes.....uber cool.Yeah, and the chicks really dig it.Chicks dig Macs. End of story.
- You can get the Sentia with 2.0Ghz processor instead of Dell's 1.8MhzI think you meant to say 1.8GHz.Actually I meant to say 1800Mhz. It's MHz http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=megahertz&r=67
- If you don't live in Florida you won't be charged sales tax. Dell will charge sales tax.Dell Home (Sales Tax only in FL, KY, NC, NV, OH, PA, TN, AND TX) Dell Small Business (Sales Tax in all states).True, but the current states for home sales tax are: Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nevada, North Carolina, Idaho, Virginia, Missouri, Florida, Mississippi, and California.I ripped those states from a Techbargains.com thread, and even your list leaves out a few states. As of 9/1/04, Dell began collecting sales tax in New Jersey, Oklahoma and Washington State. Dell also charges sales tax on the value of the service contract in all 50 states.
- If you buy the Dell people will say "Nice laptop". If you buy the Sentia people will say, "Wow! What is that?"Dude.................wheres my car?Where's your car dude?
Given all that no one would fault you for saving some money and going with the dell.I agree, and the Dell also offers up to a 4yr NBD on-site warranty w/ a $100 rebate, and you have the option of complete care.Well since its a home purchase its not NBD. After three years he's probably going to want another Alienware anyway.Yes, Dell Home offers a 4yr. warranty that includes 24x7 phone support plus nights and weekends for on-site service which is often on the next business day. (M-F: 8am - 9pm, Sat-Sun: 8am - 5pm). You also qualify for international service. http://www1.us.dell.com/content/lear...=inspn&ref=CFG
-BoX-John -BoX -John
I'm not knocking Alienware in any way. In fact the Sentia 12.1" is a nice alternative to the 700m. Although it may cost a few hundred bucks more, it does offer a few more bells and whistles. I prefer the keyboard, card reader, battery and shell design of the Sentia over the 700m.