My rationale/excuses for getting the $$$ M60 ;)
Yes there certainly is a lot to complain about when it comes to Dell, and I understand/sympathize with all those here who have nothing but negative feelings towards that company & their products!
I do think very highly of the various Sager products, esp when it comes to no-holds-barred performance coupled with upgradability and hard-to-beat pricing - that's why I frequent this forum and have benefited greatly from the collective wisdom/opinions of all the cool folks here.
In my particular situation, I do need a system with an outstanding battery life due to the nature of my occupation - recording in the field where AC power isn't always readily available, especially when some of these rock festivals can last 6-8 hours at a stretch!
This is where the Dell M60 (and the more affordable D800)'s Pentium M processor comes into play, along with the hot-swappable modular bay 2nd batteries.
My other requirement is respectable processing power when AC is available as well as decent hard drive speeds, for when I have to mix down and master all the various archives while on the road - processing 24-52 24/96 tracks with a stack of DirectX or VST plugins with zero or low latency monitoring do eat up quite a few CPU cycles as well as requiring decent HD throughput & access speeds
Plus I also do quite a lot of video and MPEG rendering as well as enjoy intensive graphics gaming as a recreational outlet...
Anyway, I'm babbling on a bit...no quibbles here about the M60 being way overpriced (the D800 is a better bargain if still pricey) esp in these days of the average laptop being $1500 or less!
Definitely wouldn't recommend the Dell to most people here, you'd do much better to wait for the forthcoming Sagers and the M10P
I for my part just couldn't pass up on Dell's discount coupons plus needing something by late July...configuring my system with a 2x DVD+R writer and 7200 rpm HD definitely added an extra $500 or so to that "staggering" $3400 total, most folks wouldn't need these particular options...