What an amazing review! You've definitely sold me on the M680! I'm a fellow web/graphic designer with a very OLD computer - Dell XPS T500. It was fully loaded ($3k) when I got it 6 years ago. It's just too slow to deal with now, esp in comparison to my work computer. I'm having major problems again, and it's time for another reformat. I can't even burn backup cd's, run defrag, or disk doctor at this point without getting all sorts of errors. So, I'm pretty much screwed until I have another comp to copy all my files over to, so I can burn them onto cd (I have a 1gb usb flash drive).
Anyway, I've been wanting a notebook for a long time now, and even moreso now. I'm completely in LOVE
with the M680XL!!!! Your review really helped convince me, too! Money is an issue, though (esp with our first baby on the way in less than 2 months... looking forward to it, but at the same time yikes!) That's why I haven't bought it yet... still lots of baby stuff to buy. Is a new $2k computer the best choice right now? Financially, no. But my heart says YES!!!
Anyway, a quick question (sorry I went off on a tangent there... twice already, LOL!). How is the fan noise? My Dell is whisper quiet and I love that. My work computer (2 yrs old) is sooo loud. Sometimes I feel like I can't even think. Is the M680 fairly quiet? It looks like it is - with just occasional clicking on from time to time. But if you could give a good description of how loud it is, maybe some sort of comparison? That would be very helpful.
I was thinking about the Dell 9300, but the more I look at the M680, the more I know it's 'the one!'. I've seen a lot more complaints about the 9300 than the M680 (esp on the display - which is very important to me as a designer). The screen on the M680 looks amazing, and the full keyboard with the numeric keypad is really what's selling me over any other 17". I use the keypad a lot, and would be lost without it. I'd hate to buy a separate usb external keypad. The M680 is beautiful, too. And I'm sure the speed comparison to what I'm on right now will absolutely blow me away. 6 years is really too long for a new computer! Anyway, so I might finally take the plunge and get this one.
Did I mention, I'm in love?
Thanks again for the amazing review! (And sorry I'm so long winded!)