Dell XPS 1710 - Thoughts?
I've been looking at the laptop market lately. I got some great news at work - the department I moved into is phasing into a 4 day work week. On top of that, one of those days will be working from home, so I'm a bit excited about that.
Part of the requirements include having a proper work environment and equipment (they won't foot the bill) so I've decided to get a laptop where I can keep it separate from my home computer. (All the VPN jazz and such)
So I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and try and wrassle up a great gaming laptop in the process.
I haven't bought a laptop in over 8 years, the last one I had was one of those Toshiba Libretto palm-tops. So I'm a bit cautious before I make the jump.
I'm looking for a DTR (desktop replacement) that I'll be able to primarily work off, and take with me every now and then. I don't want a massive 15-20 brick, so I figure about 10lbs is the max.
I also don't want a crippled gaming experience. I plan on keeping it for about 5 years, and I know that's a bit of strech but it would be nice to play some current games 5 years from now where I don't have to dial down the settings so much it ruins the experience. So I figure I'd rather go all out now to extend it a bit.
I hear the 7900 GTX in the XPX 1710 is a solid card, and when combined with the duo-core processer, it benchmarks nicely.
I know Sager and others make dual-SLI laptops, but I'm not interested in a massive, heat producing machine. I also don't have room to whip up another desktop, or I'd probably just go that route.
So do you think going 7900 GTX will be a smart move, or is there something around just around the corner I should wait for?
I've also considered the Acer Ferarri model that has the X700 - but the benchmarks with today's games (BF2, Oblivion) have been just "ok" - so I'd already be dialing down the settings a bit. But - it's half the price, so it's a tricky call.
Any recommendations from other laptop gaming goodjers?
Also, I've heard that the XPS won't be getting any Dell Discounts. Do you think the CSR would allow an EPP (Employee Purchase) 10% dicount? GameGuru, I'm sure you have a couple of these lying around, so I'm nodding in your general direction for some advice