Originally Posted by Xarthan
if you plan on playing games get the Dell, else get the Powerbook to be productive
That's actually was sort of my thinking. Pickup a Powerbook for "everything else" and use my Dell 8400 for gaming (if I get into gaming again...I own a Xbox...haven't bought a new game since late 2003...heh...).
Seems to me the hardware/software designers for Apple products have always shown a lot of intelligence in innovation. Coupled with simplicity. More so than those in the PC camp. Those in the Apple development camp only need to ramp on on the gaming side of things.
I read that the Mac verison of Doom 3 is a dumbed down version. Not sure how much truth there is to that. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if it were, as I have read that about other PC games ported to the Mac platform.
So, in the end, being that I'm not a gamer (at the moment), then the likely choice would be to go with a 17" Powerbook. But, at the same time, I haven't ruled out a Dell XPS (better "bang for the $" hardware wise). I would be picking up an Apple Powerbook mainly for the design of the Mac OS and associated apps.
Time to do more research and thinking...now, time to get back to work. Later guys!