Ill be doing some gamming, movies, internet through BT phone, and butt-load of coding in flash and debugging asp files an unix files. Also Eye-balling battery life. Which of the 2 would be better choice? Thanks.
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Between those 2 I would definatly get the inspiron 9200. Mainly because it has a more reputable manufacturer and has a dothan core processor. You really can't beat a dothan in a laptop, they simply own all. And it will probably give you around 5hrs of battery life.
I have to agree, I wouldnt but a G3(uniwill N258KA0), but also disagree, I wouldnt buy a 9200 either. I've had Dell notebooks at work and home for the past 4 years; during which I've seen a steady decline in quality, i.e. receiving an new 8600 that wont even boot and very flimsy displays!
I'd buy a barebones uniwill system, pick up a AMD Athlon Mobile 64 3200+(62W model), get the 16mb buffer toshiba 60GB disk and Corsaid XMS memory. Processing with this system will blow away a comprable 9200 while having the same or better battery life.
The nature of building bare bones systems wouldn't be mainstream for non-tech users. There are links, such as the one I've previously provided, that detail build instructions for these systems.
As for Dell, I currently own 3 Dell Notebooks, in chronological order:
Inspiron 7000 - assembled in USA, best built of the 3- if I didn't purchase the 3 year extended warranty, it would have been thrown away because it fell apart!
Latitude CPXJ - replaced keyboard twice, display once, cd-rom once, hard drive once, graphics chipset stopped working.
Inspiron 8000 - this is my favorite, after 1 year battery stopped charging, could not recognize second dimm - crashed while booting, display frame and hinges are shot, DVD rom only recognized as cd-rom no matter the OS, built in LAN died. The best part about this is after searching Dell's forum, these problems have occurred in several other Inspiron 8000's, after swapping boards for people without resolution, Dell gave up on fixing them.
Why did I keep buying Dell, because I received a significant discount through work.
Wow man, you just had a serious stroke of bad luck!
I've owned an Inspiron 2500, Inspiron 600m, and an Inspiron 8600 which I'm currently using and I've NEVER had a single problem which required a warranty visit, save me sending the laptop out for plastics replacement due to normal wear and tear to increase the resale value whenever I felt like it was time to upgrade.
I've owned four Dells
Latitude XPi P133ST - Pentium 133MHz
Latitude CPx H500GT - PIII 500MHz
Inspiron 8200 - Pentium4-m 1.7GHz
Latitude D800 - Pentium-M 1.6GHz
Latitude XPi encountered the floor quite heavily - resulting in non-functional FDD. Battery still works perfectly today (2-3hours).
Latitude CPx got slow - added 256MB RAM (tot: 512MB)(was a little bit tricky as it only takes single layer modules). Added 7200rpm HDD - Now runs as quick as lightning.
Inspiron 8200 - CD-R/RW stopped working after it slid out of the modular bay.
Latitude D800 - LCD replaced as it had a residual capacitative charge (burn-in) which was due to a batch of faulty smsung panels.
All problems were sorted by Dell within a day at no charge. And still run perfectly today.
Perhaps I am just lucky,
Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?