Originally Posted by dellbert
The 9200 is really the perfect portable software development box. The WUXGA gives you plenty of work space, the battery life is perfect for long commutes, and the MR9700 is perfect for casual gaming between compiles. The only problem is that it is pretty friggin big, so hopefully they give you lots of legroom on that train.
I'd really be more worried about battery life than with FPS and 3dmark scores with that kind of commute, but hopefully the 9300 will have reasonable battery life.
And my kid is just about to turn 2-years. Luckily, there was no compelling reason to upgrade in those two years, but now I'm making up for all those missed upgrade cycles
The i9200 is perfect practical choice for me, Yes.
Train has every other set of seats turned backwards so clusters of four people can face each other and have a conversation. This allows a lot of leg room. On 30% of the seats there is a an 18" wide table between the set. On sets with tables there are power outlets. So size and battery life are kind of a non issue. But sometimes I can't get a seat with a table for a stop or two.
Reasons I am waiting.
1. Tax return is not here yet (don’t really need it for purchase but its a good excuse to wait for reason 2) and the i9200 will probably be pulled before it gets here. Did my taxes last weekend. So i9200 may still be around.
2. Whatever I get, I will be a long time before I get anything else. So I want to milk it just a little. The battery life, screen (wuga) and weight of the i9200 are all better than the AW7700 (only swxga) so its much more "practical". i9200 would work great for years.
But I see that as like buying a Mustang with a V6. It has almost all the same handling and looks as the V8 GT. No I, don’t "need" a 300 hp V8(reference to Go6800) but 'come on. Its makes for more fun in the every day drive just knowing those ponies are sleeping under the hood there. But It does take its toll on the MPG. Worth noting that about 70% of Mustangs sold are the V6, so most people go for practical sports car because its really NOT giving up any everyday functionality. (In case you missed the analogy, V6=MR9700 V8=Go6800)
My wife was pregnant when my first daughter turned 2. So I missed the two year upgrade cycle then. Second daughter was born 17 days ago.