I'm sucker for deals and this one was too good to pass up.
I just ordered a 9100 (3.2GHz/WSXGA+/64MB 9700) for just over $900 after rebates and FW cashback (and -$780 in coupons
). I figure I can always upgrade the video card later, but at this price the 9800 sort of kills the cheapness factor.
I was trying to hold out for the release of the new Sager and XPS and whatever else will be out before Christmas, but this will probably work out to less than half the price of a new machine for 90-95% of the general performance. It will lag behind in graphics and gaming performance, but the 9800 is always an option and it will still cost less than the others.
Anyway, I figure some new machines will be announced by sometime in November, so I would still have the option to return or exchange the 9100.
Even if I keep it, at this price I can afford to buy another notebook next year or build a new desktop with the savings.