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XPS M1330 vs. SXS37 vs. D630

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by dylanemcgregor, Jul 29, 2007.

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  1. dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Notebook Consultant

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    So I posted a FAQ here, but by loosening my requirement for a dock I've narrowed my selection down to 3 choices I think. My top choice right now is the SXS37 configured below, but both the M1330 and the D630 are tempting for different reasons.

    - T7300 2.0GHz 4MB L2 800MHZ FSB (Optional 4MB L2)
    - 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 Memory (4GB Max)
    - Cinematic 13.3" UVA WXGA TFT(1280 x 800) Widescreen Display
    - 240° Rotating Web Camera w/dual array mics
    - Nvidia GeForce 8400M G 256MB VRAM
    - 120GB SATA 5400RPM Shock Mounted Hard Drive
    - Intel® Turbo Memory
    - Super Multi Dual Layer DVD±RW Optical Drive
    - 3 USB 2.0 Ports, IEEE 1394 FireWire & e-SATA Ports
    - Integrated Card Reader & Express Card Slot
    - 56K V.92 Global Universal PPT Modem
    - 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN
    - Integrated Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (PAN)
    - Intel Next Generation N 802.11a+b/g/n Wireless LAN
    - Built-in Biometric Fingerprint Scanner w/TPM
    - Carbon Fiber Alloy Encasing
    - High-Xchange efficiency copper molding heat sink with heat pipes and Arctic Silver 5 for excellent heat dissipation
    - Inspice Trace & Recovery Theft & Data protection
    - Windows Ultimate
    - 12.6"(W) x 9.25"(D) x 1~1.35"(H);only 4.3lbs w/ 6-cell battery
    $1848 w/3 year warranty and additional 9 cell battery

    Configured pretty much the same, but with a integrated graphics card, 120GB HHD, and 3 year accidental damage. Plus a port replicator and a notebook stand for $1926.

    Adds the LED-backlit screen, integrated graphics, 120GB 5400 HD, and the accidental damage for $2151. But I probably could scrap the Vista Ultimate as I'm pretty sure I have a free copy of that coming my way from MS, so that would bring the total for the M1330 down to $1952.

    So they are all in pretty much the same price range and general specs, so I'm trying to come up with Pros and Cons for each one. Here is what I have so far:

    * Probably the most practical of the bunch, price includes docking station and I've heard from a couple of members who use this with dual external monitors without problem.
    * Battery life is probably better than the other two
    * Can get accidental damage protection (which I've never had before, but it seems like a nice insurance policy)
    * Probably will ship and be in my hands the quickest
    * Comes with a HHD. I know the reviews haven't shown much if any benefit, but it is new tech and I'm a sucker for new gizmos. :D

    *Bigger and heavier than the others
    * No integrated webcam
    * I've seen bad reviews of the screen?

    *LED-backlit screen
    *Accidental Damage
    *Slot loading drive (don't know why I need this, but it sure seems cooler)
    * Lightest of the bunch with the LED screen

    *No dedicated docking station
    *Can't get both 6 cell + 9 cell combo battery option, only have option for 4+9
    *It looks like it might be Thanksgiving before I get my hands on one if I order now. ;)

    Wireless N included in the price
    Rotating webcam
    Has Turbo Memory
    Dedicated graphics card, might come in handy?
    I like buying from an independent dealer who has a real person answer the phone.
    All in all it seems like more computer than the others configured at a similar price point, but it might be in features that I don't need.

    No accidental damage
    Dedicated graphics card, might just waste my battery
    Glossy screen (I thought the M1330 used to give the option for glossy vs. matte screen although I can't find that now)

    So looking forward to any comments you might have. I'm waiting to order until I hear back about a potential new job, which means I've got two weeks or so just to contemplate this over and over again and change my mind 1000 times. So thanks for your participation. :eek:

  2. f4ding

    f4ding Laptop Owner

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    Hard to tell from now on...unless one has all three laptops, they should be about the same. You have to go with what you think is best. I don't think you can go wrong with anyone of them.
  3. firstwave

    firstwave Notebook Evangelist

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    The d630 will probably be the best for your needs (heavy spreadsheet on WXGA+)

    It's the most durable of the 3 as well.
  4. Vedya

    Vedya There Is No Substitute...

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    Have u considered the ASUS U3S?
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