I bought a refurbished 9200 with everything I wanted: 2.1 processer, meg of memory, 7200rpm 60 gig hd ,wireless, bluetooth, WUXGA,thinking that Dell would have taken a hard look at the display had it been returned for that reason. Well, guess what model display I received but the much despised W5409. No doubt in my mind why the original buyer returned it. Horrible display: it had this sparkily, hollographic sandy texture going on combined with a dim/murkiness. I liked the machine otherwise but could not live with the screen. Back it went. Got on Sonystyle.com, found a A270 manufactured Jan 2005 for $379 less than building it on the site. Went with the 6-8 ground shipping BUT GOT IT THE NEXT DAY, people! Reaction between the two? Dell was a Chevy/Ford compared to the Sony's BMW/Lexas. I wound up spending a couple of hundred more, but I am convinced I got a much better machine. My advise for those of you wanting a 17" 1920 x 1600 notebook is too look at a A270 before you play Russian Roulette with Dell's 9200. I haven't seen a really good 9200 screen but as a graphic artist who is a little particular about displays I can tell you that the Sony's is FREAKING BEAUTIFUL!
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2/20/05 at 6:54pm