It's important to keep in mind this isn't exactly end user spec and its damn bulky too. It's aimed purely at development.
Fortunately my company pay for my machines so it doesn't matter to me personally what it cost. As long as the business agrees that's all that matters.
Could have gotten something cheaper but I insisted on the top spec i5, the IPS screen and I'm a complete keyboard * so I specifically requested this model.
@w3bbo I'm getting 5 hours on the 9 cell battery with constant use. For me that's Office, Videos running, Visual Studio, pretty Impressed to be honest. It was a hard choice between this and the Air. I know your in bed with Apple now but for me, the winning factor was the ability to flip it and use it as a tablet. Now I can develop not only for Win 7 / Win8 but Android too, I have been dabbling more and more with Java lately. I do run gdipp on my machines though Mac's font rendering is super sexy.
Graphics is 5.9, gaming 6.3 on the experience index. Everything else is 7+, Not overly important to me as I don''t play games, I have a dedicated rig for that (when I eventually get the time to play anything)
@cbae That's probably correct, but still means nothing to me. I could have gotten one for sub $8000, prob sub $600 if I tried, but this one means I should be set for a good few years to come without a lot of hassle, I'm a fan of software in general, it just so happens my day job is prominently MS, so at least I can keep work and myself happy at the same time with this thing.
It's just nice not having to manage two machine configs and transfer files to and from work as lately, I have a lot of out of hours work to be doing as well as generally improving my development skills using different frameworks and languages. Was a pain to be honest there is so much out there at the moment. It was heading the way that I'd have two machines and then a tablet to manage at the same time which just wastes time more than anything.
Now I have the potential / power to do almost anything, for almost everything, all on the same rig. For at least the next couple of years hopefully, which alas, makes my life Simpler! I couldn't ask for anything more than that I don't think...