i am in exactly the same situation right now... im also getting one of them for 3d animation, and im on the verge of placing an order with either dell or pctorque. i had made up my mind and decided to go with the dell until the 9880 came out with the wuxga screen... now im not so sure. pricing is about the same, and now screen resolution isnt an issue, so it really comes down to mobility and battery life. clearly the m70 is much more mobile, being less than half the weight of the 9880. ive played around with the boxx 2200, which is the same as the 9880 (except with a wsxga), and the thing is a BEAST. its really heavy, and seems like a real pain in the ass to lug it anywhere. that said, its an amazing machine. lots of cool bells an d whistles, with more of an open architecture and very i/o capable. more so than the m70, which doesnt have a frigging firewire port. whats up with that? if the battery life were better, i wouldnt mind its size and weight so much, but the battery in this thing might as well be a built in ups, which means that if youre going to take it anywhere , youre going to have to plug it in with the massive ac adapter. that would be annoying and kind of unprofessional IMO at something like an interview. the dell on the other hand, is also a powerful machine, with the more efficient m processor. i think render times might be a bit slower. of course if you have other machines for rendering or access to a renderfarm, that wouldnt be an issue. but did you see that in the cgnetworks comparison, the m70 actually performed better with maya than the boxx or alienware? this and good mobility are probably why so many in our industry are sporting the m70s. alias engineers use m60s and m70s, which i think says a lot about the machine. tough decision!