Originally Posted by gmshau
The 9200 was already a great notebook, but now that the XPS 2 has a glossy screen, is faster than the 9860, lighter than the 9860, 2x the battery life, and cheaper when comparably equiped, I can't see why anyone would be buying a 9860 right now.
Well i can tell you why i *was* going to go with the 9860... first, because of EMT64, but then after reading some reviews on 64bit performance, it just wasn't that impressive. And the complete industry move to 64bit will take at least a year, probably 2 anyways.
Second, 9860 allows MUCH more options. 4 ram slots, so i could get 1gb first, then later if i needed it, another gb. iXPS2 only has 2, so i would need to get rid of my current gb, and invest in expensive 1gb sticks. Also things like dual optical drives, RAID0 or dual HDDs, built in webcam, TV-turner. I'm not concern with a laptop weight, so that never bothered me. Multiple HDDs and 2gb ram is nice, but i don't plan on doing RAID anyways, and i was going to get 1gb. So to get a 9860 in case i decide to expand may have been a good idea, but i highly doubt i would have anyways. Webcam... bah,i would never use it. TV-turner, i wasn't going to get internal one anyways.
Another is the 9860 is 1680x1050, while the Dell is 1920x1200. I was worried that that resolution is just too high for a 17" screen (i have 1920x1200 at home on a 24" monitor).
But what finally won me over was the Ultra of course, and Dell's Complete Care. I know discountlaptops has Accidental Coverage, but i'm not familiar with that warranty company... but i have had experience with Dell's CC, and it's absolutely the best thing EVER!