Dell XPS M1210
I've been in the laptop market for a couple of years now, researching and waiting for that one perfect laptop to be available which will give me the best of both worlds, portability and performance. I started off with the Intel Prescott based laptops as they had heat issues and were available for dirt-cheap at one point of time, I then looked at Acer and HP's AMD Turion based laptops, I spent days researching over various Centrino based ones but couldnt decide on one. Suffice to say, I could never make up my mind on which laptop to buy as there was not one perfect laptop which would have satisfied me in all aspects a personal computer can.
That laptop was finally announced a week back, the Dell XPS m1210. I've ordered one from Dell India. That makes me the first person to have ordered a PC from the Dell XPS line in India (atleast the sales guy claimed so). Anyway, the lappie is expected in 15-20 days.
Some of it's important features of my laptop include:
- Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz processor T2400
- 1 GB RAM
- 100 GB HDD
- Nvidia GeForce Go 7400
- 12.1" WXGA (Widescreen 1280x800)
The weight should come to around 4.8 pounds which should make it almost-portable and the only problem I see here is the 12.1" screen which can get a bit small, but since it's a widescreen and portable I guess it's a fair compromise.
The other laptops I considered during this time were the Lenovo V100 (review) and the Apple Macbook. The Lenovo lost out because of the unimpressive build quality and the Macbook received a thumbs-down because of the heat problems. The final decision was actually a tough one to make, on one hand was this gorgeous beauty and on the other was a roaring performer. This blog-post by Mark Pilgrim and the comments within it helped me finalize on the Dell. Also Dell's build quality and the fact that ASUS is behind the manufacture of the XPS laptop line gave me confidence. The XPS M1210 casing is the same as ASUS's top-of-the-line laptops. If I had got a macbook, I would have been running Firefox and gVim on it for most of my needs. Also the fact that Apple doesn't allow me to install Linux (easily) put me off, Linux today on the macbook is a hack at best. People looking for a laptop in the 60-70K should consider the DELL m1210.
For me this laptop is a long-time commitment, a laptop which should last atleast three years and this looks like it's outfitted with the right stuff to last much longer. NotebookReview.com has a wonderful review. The forums on notebookreview.com were also helpful.
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