QuoteOriginally posted by: rynoi've now talked to all the IT and programmer guys at my work... they say while ibm used to be the top in laptops, dell is hands down much more quality now (faster, quiet, etc). considering i have only used a dell latitude laptop, and its been a good experience, i'll probably go w/ the Dell D400, 1.7M-processor, 1G RAM, etc. this should be a very fast computer, and some of the execs at work have them. any other ideas/thoughts/opinions are much appreciated....Hmm... I question those opinions from the IT and programmer guys at your work place as I still think IBM have much better quality (even now) and though Dell is faster, it sure as hell aint quieter or cooler (literally). My friend's work place bought 5 600ms in Feb and 2 are being sent back for repairs, and 2 more are being worked on by support already. If that says quality then I really am in lost for words.If you really want a Dell, I suggest going for the bulkier versions such as the 9100. They are relatively more sturdier (because of size). I have no experience with the x31 but my friend that has the t41 swear there is nothing better.