In terms of performance, I'm quite happy with the Dell XPS M1710, of which I have two as "true luggable desktops". In terms of the durability, I'm satisfied too - they haven't been shown complete respect and they work just fine. In terms of support, I'm very satisfied.
The problem, and one that's been increasingly gnawing at me, is the style. The XPS is fugly with a capital F U G L Y. If I could put that in 72-point bold, I would. I thought the just-superceded Inspirons looked terrible, and the M1710 is basically an Inspiron 9400 with a bodykit. And the lights... Dear God, the lights. Fortunately you can turn them off.
Now considering I use this as a mobile desktop, and I take it to meetings and use it in public, it does occasionally get some funny looks. And I feel that for someone as inherently devastatingly debonair as my modest self, I should not be standing for this cramping of my considerable style.
So, dear forum members, I turn to you. I'm prepared to spend a fairly hefty sum - say up to $8Kish each - for two replacements for the XPS M1710. It should be a Santa Rosa machine, with at least a 2.4Ghz C2D on offer with higher as a desirable, it should have a 1920 17" monitor, and it should be equipped with at least a 7950GTX or 8700GT. Onboard camera is not necessary but is desirable. SLI not necessary. Dual HDD's not necessary, but at least a 200Gb drive should be a factory option. Apart from that it should generally conform to a high-end laptop spec.
Max weight: 5Kg ish. Typical 'not doing much / max power saving' battery life should be around the three-hour mark from whatever batteries it ships with.
In terms of performance, solidity and build quality, I'm not willing to go backwards from the Dell purely for style - so no mention of Macbook Pros please for a start. I have been through a few of them and my opinions of them are mostly in terms of words which would be filtered here. The manufacturer must offer 3-year support with international onsite support if possible, if not then international courier pickup.
I'll re-stress that the *most* important thing aside from meeting the general above spec is that it should not be hit by the ugly stick... or better still, it should wow regular people. So that bumps Alienware off the list for example.
I feel that with the budget I've set out, I don't need to settle for business-bland but I can probably get something that stands out but in a fairly tasteful way. But exactly what that would be, I'm having trouble figuring out.
General recommendations would be welcome, but recommendations along with owner's opinions would be even more welcome. Thanks.
Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly
Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?