Price Difference between XPS2 and i9200.
There has been alot of talk that the XPS2 is way too expensive, but i disagree.
Just now I configured 2 systems almost identical to what I purchased (see sig)
One is i9200 and one is XPS2.
XPS2 = $3154
i9200 = $2565
Diff = $599
So for that extra $599 I get:
128MB ATI's™ Mobility Radeon™ 9700
256MB NVIDA® GeForce™ Go 6800 Ultra
17" UltraSharp™ Wide Screen XGA+ Display
17in True Life™ Wide Screen UXGA Display
(Hopefully no more Sparklies and have I to have WUXGA)
(These first two options exceed $599 in my mind already)
Intel® Pentium® M Processor 755 (2GHz/400MHz FSB)
Intel® Pentium® M 760 Processor (2GHz/533MHz FSB)
1GB DDR SDRAM at 333MHz 2 Dimm
1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz 2 Dimm
Dell™ TrueMobile™ 300 Bluetooth Internal Card
Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Internal(2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)
Integrated v.92 56K3 capable modem
+ Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Integrated 1 Gigabit Network Card and Modem
Inspiron XPS, Specialized Support
Completely redesigned black and silver chassis with LED perimeter lighting in 16 different colors, customizable via the XPS interface of Dell's power management application, QuickSet.
Battery Life Decreased in half.
(Negative for some or add $99 for spare battery)
I am probably missing something else....
I think all this its worth $599. (except the month of shipping)
At any rate when the i9300 comes out I think there will be even less than a $599 price difference between it and the XPS2.
And there would have to be a have to be a huge difference to give up the cool factor of the XPS2 leds.
Edit: Of course those on a budget will still probly be interested in the lowest possible configuation, that is with 1.6Ghz 256Mb Ram DVD and 40Gb drive.
All those down grades could add up to another $600 saved and still get a 6800 in your hands, which is the real for gamers on a budget.
Edit again: also notice I have 4 years service and Complete care on both.