Originally Posted by MNguyen281
after using it for a while i can tell you that it is a very nice notebook. for all the people who say it is underpowered - remember one thing. the intel 855 chipset supporting dothans is the top of the line portable chipset right now with the dothans being the fastest notebook processors. 9100/xps/8790/area-51m etc... all use desktop chipsets with desktop processors so they do not count. alsom the ati 9700 is the cream of the crop for all notebook video cards besides the super exclusive 9800 which only appears in one notebook from one manufacturer out of all the combinations out there. even the gamer oriented area-51m, voodoos, falcon-nw, etc all max out at radeon 9700. as for memory, the 855 chipset only supports single channel pc2700 memory - there are no dual channel notebook chipsets. so in terms of portable hardware - true notebook based hardware - the 9200 is maxed out at everything.
All good points. I guess that the disappointing thing is, the other machines you list have been out since summer or earlier. Dothan and the 9700 are old news and Alviso is supposedly just around the corner.
You're right that it is maxed out for the current generation of P-M machines, the new styling is a huge improvement over previous lines, the 17" screen is welcome and DVI without a port replicator is nice too.
All in all, not a bad package if you can get past the misleading 9200 model numbering (and as long as you're not a numpad keyboard fan).
I'm looking forward to seeing all the other new machines on the horizon. I also hope ATI has a pleasant surprise (X700?) in store for the PCI-E Pentium-M roll-out.