All 19X12 -Dell 8500- New KeyboardSTIFF
All of them are 19X12 - it’s the only version I bother ordering. Some folks think it’s a bit too small - but once you get used to it you don't want to go back... My purchasing department advised that the wait would be 25 to 40 days - I was surprised to see them roll in so quickly. The longest I have waited was 3 weeks - and that was on our very first order that was placed the day the 8500 was announced.
8600 - Picked these up on request - I'm not crazy about the Centrino's that we have used in the past. Few of our developers wanted more battery life and it appears the 8600 runs a good hour + more than the 8500. IMO - the 85 and 8600 are desktop replacements and why not go with the most power you can get. If its battery life you want this series is not for you. According to Dell they are selling more 86's than the 8500's.. Go figure.
I have had 3 different 8500's ( this is the first with BT - funny I did not notice the space for the Blue Light on my Prev... guess now that it Glows BLUE its more noticeable) - 1 when they first came out... What I have noticed about the ones from our new order is the keyboard is much STIFFER - I never really noticed the bounce in my other 8500 - but now that I compare them side-by-side it’s noticeable. They must be using a different kybd or done something to stiffen them. I never had a problem with springy kybd - but so far I like the new one.
So with my new*new 8500 - I'm not as angry at AW for screwing up my order's (actually I have 3 AW's on order - all in various stages of incompleteness)
I buy for Govt and our own employees.
Btw - all of my rantings about AW - I am quite confident that AW is not a great company today - but I still have hope that some day they will get their act together... they have time :-)