Its already one week i work on my new Dell XPS M1530 laptop. Kinda fast laptop: T8300, 4Gb RAM, 300Gb HDD (7200 rpm),GeForce 8600 GT, SBAudigy, 15,4" Glossy LCD, Webcam and fingerprint reader. Sounds like a gaming Laptop but i bought it for the development purposes. I ordered it at Dell's site (paid with Payoneer debit card, despite Dell doesn't allows you to pay with a Card with other than US origin but my trick is worked out - i specified other than CC's billing address and it worked out :)) and it was shipped in a three weeks. Then friend of mine brought it to me here in Ukraine.
Cons: Looks like a great deal. $1836 USD here will cost 2 times more. comparably light and flat, nice and bright glossy screen 1440x960. Once i plugged in my big Samsung 2206BW via HDMI it immediately established its native 1600x1050 so no need to even think about it. Crystal clear sound (yes it comes with Creative Audigy) nice look and feel (!), Excellent performance
Pros: found one ded pixel on the screen center but its visible only on black colors so most of the time i do not see it at all. Some Laptop parts are not smooth and some parts may not stick ideally. its only when you know where to look at 🙂
So generally its my first laptop and i'm happy with it. i hope it will replace my desktop which is quite critical for me as i have to work at home and everywhere its possible. Performance is great and i hope that i will quickly get adapted to laptop's keyboard after big one from desktop 🙂
Conclusion: highly recommended for its ideal price/performance level 🙂 especially if you live in US
When i tried to reinstall Vista i installed Dell drivers and got everyday popping up message saying that Bluetooth can't start BT Stack service. So when installing Vista i will highly recommend you first to do Windows update - Vista will determine and download almost all needed drivers from Windows Update , and only then install some Audigy, Wi-Fi and networking drivers from Dell CD. If you will install all software that comes on DELL's DVDs even such a fast laptop will be crawling like a turtle, so don't do this. Be kinda smart 🙂
Vista the best OS i ever seen and used, and don't blame me MAC users, i will never switch to MAC 🙂 . Keep in mind its an oppinion from experienced sysadmin fro both Windows and Unix based OSes