Ok this is my short review at the moment...
Pictures comming at a later time...
Um first off this is my current set up...
Dell Inspiron 600M
1.6 ghz Pentium M
14.1 IN SXGA+
INTEL PRO 2100 MINIPCI WIRELESS CARD
COMBO - DVD/CD-RW
40GB HARD DRIVE, 5400RPM
512MB,DDR,266MHZ 2 DIMMS
Windows XP Pro (clean install)
Secondary Modular Bay Battery
D/View Notebook Stand
D/Port Advanced Port Replicator
Echo Indigo Sound Card
Sennheiser PX 200 Headphones
Logitech mx500 Optical Mouse
Logitech Elite keyboard
Estimated total for all this is a bit under $2000 after some crazy coupon code stacking and such. I have not yet ran the laptop on battery yet, only on AC. I have been told the primary battery gets 3.5-4 hours and the 2ndary battery gets pretty much the same giving it a 7-8 hour lifespan.
I recieved this laptop 2 weeks after ordering so the wait wasn't too bad. Right out of the box I realized that the 600m was the right size. Any larger would have been way too hard to cary around next year in college. The notebook is about 1.2 inches thin or thereabouts. It is pretty light (havn't weighed it myself) and it seems rather sturdy. It is a real nice silver color with some blue trim around the tob of the keyboard and around the touchpad.
I plugged this bad boy into my port replicator (which had shipped over a week ago) It seemed sorta slow at first (about the speed of my 1 ghz PC) but I realized dell quickily had it set on max battery mode (DOH) and it was running at 533 mhz instead of 1.6 ghz. With a quick switch of the power management settings it was up at full speed and much much faster. Dell installs all sorts of junk on their computers so I spent a buch of time uninstalling all the crap they loaded. (I will reformat later once I make sure everything works). One of the first things I wanted to try out was the Echo indigo sound card so I installed that and transferd over a bunch of MP3's. As many are I was blown away by this mini sound card. Very nice sound using pretty decent headphones.
The 14.1 inch sxga+ screen turned out to be larger than I expected and is plenty big for anything that I need to do. The native resolution on it looks real nice to me with a quick ajustment of the font size in XP it was perfect. I loaded up my lord of the rings DVD on Win DVD 4 and it looked (and sounded) very amazing. The vewing angles of the screen are not too great but I will mostly be sitting in front of the screen when using the laptop so it is no big deal.
Some complaints that others have about the left wrist pad getting unbearibly hot... It definately does get warm after extended use but I would not call it unbearable. It is hot enough to make your palm sweaty with extensive typing but not much more than that. People also complain about flimsy construction of the keyboard and screen ripples. I have not noticed either of these yet. (they might have installed the planned fix before before mine was made)
Well now for some benchmarks...
So far I have run 3Dmark 2001 and got 6991 which is pretty on target with the Cnet review.
I also ran PCmark 2002 and got
CPU - 5185
Memory - 5000
Hardrive - 520
I will run all benchmarks again after I wipe the hardrive and clean install xp - pro.
Well.. that is it for all... pictures comming soon if I get a nice free place to host them.
Well I couldn't wait any longer either and purchased a Dell Precision M60 today at an 18% discount (basically a D800 except it has 7200 RPM hard drive and a 128MB Geforce FX Go5600 equivalent). As soon as I get it I'll post some benchmarks.
If you can show that your are a student you can go through the FSS division (faculty students and staff) and they will give you a 10% discount (800-293-3492). However the college I am going to has a program where I can get a 23% discount on a d400 or d600 with a configuration that I don't want. So I called and asked the rep who I could talk to that could approve my purchase of a d800 or M60 under that same program. He said Dell would not authorize the purchase of a laptop that was not a part of the program but that he would give me the highest discount that they are authorized to give which is 18%. So I bit
Hmm, so this "student and faculty service" is through Dell?
I will price a reasonably configured Dell 600m and see what I come up with, I do like the Centrino processors and the performance that they offer, and I like the additional battery life, but Dell is expensive and has some lousy support.
Also, where did you get the Stackable coupons and how many did you use?
Try looking for dell coupon codes on the forums at fatwallet.com. You can only usually stack 2 coupons... I used a 15% and a 10% off so it saved alot of money. The thing that it is sitting on is the D-View stand that dell offers to raise the laptop up to a more comfortable viewing level. The port replicator attaches right onto the stand.