Technically this is not a review but while walking through the mall today I happened upon a Dell kiosk and there was a shiny new 9200 staring me in the face. I got a chance to play with it for half an hour and I have to say, this 9200 is a quantum leap in every way compared to any previous Dell notebook. First appearance is important and the 9200 is damn good looking with a sleek elegant appearance. It looks something like a Powerbook on steroids, not as thin and sleek as the 17" Powerbook but no less good looking and more substantial looking. There was an 8600 sitting next to it which clearly showed the difference, as ugly as the 8600's gray and blue color scheme is the 9200's silver and white looks fantastic. The feeling of the 9200 is rock solid, no cheap plastic look or feel here. The unit on display had the 1400x900 resolution display and it was gorgeous, bright sharp and clear. I picked the 9200 up, turned it over, flipped the lid several times and there wasn't a creak to be heard and the keyboard is a pleasure to use. This is one great 17" notebook PC, I've seen a lot of 17" notebook PC's and none of them compare to the 9200 and that's saying a lot considering I was never a Dell fan. I have a feeling with Dells new notebooks including the 9200 many people who are not Dell fans will be now, I know I am.
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12/28/04 at 11:54pm