For anybody interested in the Gateway M680, I found the following review http://www.designingcyberspace.com/m680/. Seems like a great laptop. Just going to wait for the nVidia Go 6800 (current graphic card is ATI Radeon X700 128MB) and get one.
From what I have read Gateway seems to have lot of small, almost nickel and dime issues and they seemed to be very helpful in resolving these issues, going as far as replacing a laptop because of a scratch or faulty USD port. Amazing.
Any users out there with great / average / ugly Gateway stories? And especially related to M680?
I am deciding between Dell Inspiron 9300 and Gateway M680XL. Both have good reviews and 4.5* / Hot Pick by Laptop Magazine (Dell - http://laptopmag.com/Review/Dell-Inspiron-9300.htm; Gateway - http://laptopmag.com/Review/Gateway-M680X.htm). I have read glowing review about the M680, but still cannot decide which one to get.
Feature wise they are very comparable with Pentium M750, 17? WSXGA against XGA in Dell), 60GB 7200 RPM HD, 1 GB memory (2x512), 128 ATI (X700 against X300 in Dell), 8x CD/DVD burner with DL, 802.11 b/g against a/b/g in Dell). The Dell is almost $500 less with the coupon ($1,974 against $1,480), but Gateway, from what I read will come close to Dell?s price, but one has to call in.
I really like the keyboard set up on the M680, the screen also seems nicer, but cannot comment as I have not seen one in person (I did see the 9300 and it is OK).
I have owned neither Dell nor Gateway before (had Toshiba and loved it), so this would be a first for either.
My biggest concern is Gateway quality (or perception of) and the company fiscal problems plus they always seem to finish at the bottom of repair frequency and customer service (thanks haven for Sony).
I greatly appreciate any and all recommendation / suggestions / opinions.