I find this discussion pretty annoying, and makes me NOT want to buy a Dell, as it just seems to be impossible to get a really good 17" WUXGA display right from the beginning.
For me the display quality is extremely important, as I want to use my notebook mainly as a desktop replacement (enabling me to travel between two offices, and always have the same computer to work with). The display simply has to meet the eye, readability should be perfect without sparking, and it should enable me to work with it the whole day, without getting headache or eye dizzyness in the evening.
At first, when I only found the review on the i9200 with all the negative feedback from customers who bought it with the WUXGA screen, I didn't know that there are indeed different panel-types in use. So I requested more info on the display quality from Dell, and a sales-manager (who is responsible for my area, Austria / Europe) called me back. After a short discussion, and a query with a technician, that sales-manager suggested me NOT to buy that particular i9200 with WUXGA screen, simply because I would not be able to return it if I should not be satisfied (??? How comes that close to people on this forum, who got a new display as a replacement part serveral times ???). Is the support in the US really that different then in Europe?
Now thank's to this forum, I now know about the different panel-types, so I sent Dell-Austria a request by email again yesterday (it was exactly two mails, which were entiteled concerning display-quality and availability of the upcomming i9300), but I did not get any response until now.
I need a new notebook as soon as possible, but if it's worth it, I still can wait for a while. My seach concentrates on an IBM ThinkPad T42p or upcomming T43p with 15" UXGA 1600x1200 screen (FlexView, that display simply should be perfect, as I have read so far) on one hand, and the upcoming Dell Inspiron 9300 with 17" WUXGA 1920x1200 on the other hand (but not with such a crappy display as mention so many times here in this and other forums). I love to have a high-resolution display, as I am used to have a lot of windows open at the same time (btw I only want to use Gentoo Linux on that machine, so WinXP will be wiped right at the beginning anyway).