All Dell laptops ship without "legacy ports" including Parallel and Serial. But all ship with at least 2 USB ports. My 8600 has no legacy ports (which gives me a clue that it's a recent production model) and I haven't missed them. I have WiFi and USB.
If you have a parallel printer I guess that makes you stuck . . . but in all honesty, a USB printer is better for a travelling laptop for quick disconnects, not to mention speed.
With printers being so cheap, and legacy ports disappering from laptops, I wouldn't let that be a deciding factor.
The Dell 700m is a NICE NICE laptop. I used one the other day and I really liked it. The screen was too small for my eyes though.
Currently, I have Comq R3000T and it's a little bit heavy for me. I've heard that dell inspiron 700m is very light and good for the travel. I checked the web and could not find a port for the printer. Does any one know if Inspiron 700m comes with a printer port? Any suggestions for Inspiron 700m are appreciated.