Originally Posted by RobsTV
All of this leads to the i9200 being around for a long time, as it has what the i9300 will not have. Performance value.
i9300 as an XPS gaming replacement? Yes. XPS dropped from catalog already.
i9200 for Ultimate Multimedia Performance. Yes. That was it's purpose.
Sorry for backtracking here.
I agree, The i9200 was designed to
be for "Ultimate Multimedia Performance" but you need to take one other tiny tiny factor. It was designed with parts from way back in summer 2004 so that it would be released in time for the Christmas rush. Its no accident that the first pictures of the i9200 released to the public were on a Red Velvet curtain with snowflakes. i9200 has already served its purpose to Dell. I am sure they sold huge numbers because it was a Shiny new gem in a sea of laptops at Christmas.
Don’t get me wrong, the i9200 is a great machine. Had I purchased one in December and gotten the good screen, I am confident I would be more than happy with it for many years. Four years from now I plan on still using the laptop I will purchase with my tax return this year. In 2 years there will be little difference between the i9200 and i9300. Both will be dated just about the same amount. Only factors that will matter at that time will be Screen(size and quality) and Battery life. Everything else is upgrade able (ie Ram/HD) or not worth it (Mother board/CPU) or available in a USB add on.
My brother has a Dell Latitude from 1998 he purchased when he entered college. It has 2 batteries, a Pentium II 333Mhz and runs windows 98 great. It still gets 6 hours battery life (using both) and browses the internet just fine. No 3D accelerator card so we can’t play 3D games