Originally Posted by Fidget
ummm 7200rpm drives have been available for quite some time, and if you configure through toshiba in the USA then you can choose one as standard on the tecra lines. here it is a upgrade that you have to call about but it can be done. as well the custom manufactureres have had 7200rpm for a long time too, longer than anyone else in my understanding. builders like alienware, voodoo, falcon northwest...those guys are the first with any new tech.
now dell has been advertizing a 100gb 7200rpm drive for the xps2 as well as an 80gb version but i think that those are not something that should be used to make your choice based on because although dell might be exclusive to offer it first, within a month or two they will be everwhere.
you can order a sager with a 6800ultra now as well, so those are officially out, and soon there will be a new ati card for the sagers that is supposed to be able to utterly decimate the 6800ultra....and that will be with sager first.
the toshiba is a fine choice and will serve you well, it is not the ultimate gaming machine but then again it was never intended to be one. it is a great media machine and is beautiful with an amazing screen. i am still leary of the dells because of the screens that they use and the continueing saga of problems that the owners of teh xps2 and th 9300 are reporting of on the dell section. otherwise i do agree that currently with dell you are getting alot for the price. i just happen to like the styling of toshiba better and i absolutely prefer them over dell any day...
and as always welcome to the forums ask us anything, although we bicker, we do try to be as helpful as we can. enjoy your time here and whichever notebook you choose.
I didn't know that. I guess it's because I never saw other manufacturers advertise the 7200 rpm drives till I recently looked for information about the Dell XPS laptop.
Also, I didn't mean that I'd be basing my decision SOLELY on the fact that Dell offers the 7200 rpm drives. What I was saying was that being able to order a laptop WITH a 7200 rpm drive would be a plus. An attractive feature...this is before I knew other manufactuers also offerend them.
And what is this about Americans being able to get custom ordered Toshiba and HP laptops? That's not right! Arrrrrggg!! Not to mention they get those mega$$$ coupons for Dell products (e.g. $750 US coupon)...
Any how, I too have read about the issues Dell owners have had with their screens. Though, some claim there are none. Others say the "light leakage" issue "disappears over time". Something about the screen needing heat to seal? (shrug) And then there's that issue about the "sparkles". Would it bother me? You're supposed to "see it less" on the Inspiron 9300/XPS models with their 17" screens. Though, on the other hand, I LOVE the quality you get with the Qosmio.
If I go with the G20 I could pick one up at a BestBuy and haggle with them for a better price. Pick one up for around 3k (before taxes) for a $500 discount. And another plus would be that should I find any problems within 14 days I could get a full refund. I think we have 1 month to exchange defective items.
In any event, I haven't written the Dells off. As if the screen quality is anything like their LCD monitors I shouldn't have a problem. I don't see the sparkles nor light leakage. Both are made by LG Philips. Not sure if it's just different with laptop screens. Even from the same manufacture. And, Dell is good about making the customer happy. It would just be a minor hassle should something go wrong with the screen.
With the Q20...my only (minor) problems with it is that it only comes with a 1.86 cpu and not a 2.0 or 2.13...and doesn't include a 256MB video card. I mean for the money they are asking...COME ON! While those points aren't showstoppers...
What to choose? Hmmmm.... (playing the Jeopardy theme as I typed this last line.....not really...but you know what I meant)