After browsing the laptop market it was quite clear that getting a Core2 machine was the best option if I wanted performance. I was very tempted to get a cool Acer Ferrari 4006, the price is pretty great now when the 5000-series is just around the corner, but the AMD ML-40 benchmarks put me off, the Core2 totally trash it. Since my old Dell has been working great I went and got a new Dell to replace it. Although I was looking for a smaller machine this time I actually went for pretty much the exact replacement for the 8600, the new Dell Inspiron 6400. Funny thing, the price of the new machine turned out to be pretty much exactly the same as I payed for my old machine.
|Dell Inspiron 6400||Dell Inspiron 8600|
|CPU||Intel Core2 Duo 2.0Ghz||Intel Pentium M 1.4GHz|
|Disk||120Gb 5400rpm||30Gb 5400rpm|
|Graphics||ATI X1400 128MB||Nvidia Geforce 5250Go|
|Network||54Mbit wifi + 100Mbit wired||11Mbit Wifi + 100Mbit wired|
|Pointing device||Touchpad||Touchpad / poiting stick|
|Screen||1680x1050 high gloss||1680x1050|
|Weight||2.8 kg||3.1 kg|
|Size||A bit smaller||Quite big|
It's quite nice to be able to boot up a CentOS 4.4 running 10gR2 and still have great performance. Both in the VM and in the host OS.
The one thing I don't like is that the 6400 don't have the pointing stick thingy, just the touch pad. But I'm getting used to it.