Originally Posted by Elyaas
I just went and customized one and it costs $1700. It also had a 256mb GPU not the 512...couldn't seem to chose a 512. That was with $384 instant savings. So that’s a $1,000 less for the notebook that looks like it was built into a cardboard box and isn't portable at all, like a laptop should be.
I personally would never buy a high powered laptop, and if I did, you'd better bet I would either get the XPS or the MBP. You get what you pay for. Go look at the build quality on the Inspiron line. I have three friends at my university with those Inspiron gaming laptops and each one of them are pieces of garbage. I also have a friend with one of the Alienware gaming laptops and it works GREAT...when its working.
So if you are willing to settle for bottom of the barrel, be my guest.
What more proof do you want?
And 512mb vram on an 8600M is pretty useless IMO. MAYBE if you're working with 100's of 25mp photos, but even then, it'd be difficult to fill that up.
And I've owned several laptops over the year, including an Inspiron for the past three. They break, all of 'em do, including macs. And really, show me proof that Mac laptops break less than PC laptops, and I'll believe you. Last time I checked a Consumer Report, there were actually MORE broken Macs than PCs. Don't quote me on that, but just saying something is a Mac doesn't mean it won't break as easy or will last longer. I've yet to see that.
But anyway, that's what the warranty is for. Never buy a laptop without a warranty that lasts as long as you intend to keep it.
Oh, and the Inspiron line is NOT a gaming line. Not sure why you called it that.
And if it's looks you're after, then you're right, you should go for a mac. After all, that's what all the "cool" people do, right?