Oh I also noticed that the D820 with a 9-cell seems like it can last around 5~6 hours which is a plus. Not sure if the Inspiron models can last that long.
I'm about to work in Japan for approximately 2 years and I want to buy a laptop that I can use over there as well as here in the states. I've been looking around CNET and PCWorld and it seems like Dell offers the best customer support and customization and the biggest bang for the buck.
Im leaning more towards the Latitude D820, it seems like its better than the Dell Inspiron models because of the fact that it can connect to any 802.11 a, b or g network and a thing that constantly scans for wireless hotspots and notifies you whenever it detects one. But then I see that the Dell Inspiron E1705 is one of the most popular laptops. I guess I'm looking for something that can replace my desktop PC but I can take with me wherever I want.
Im also looking at anything under $2000, what should I do?