As a photographer and journalist, I use laptops professionally. My Sony Vaio was getting a little aged and my backup Advent became history in no time. But the Dell Inspiron 9400 I've now been using for nearly two years has been nothing short of excellent. The 17" screen is great for viewing and editing images and the Centrino Duo processor is fast enough to handle even massice, RAW images.
There's no denying the 9400 is a quality product and mine has literally been everywhere with me, to the 'States, Holland, Germany, France and all round the UK.
The aftersales service is also terrific. Following a major, post-virus crash, Dell sent me CD Roms to reload the software, including Windows XP. The only other glitch has been a failed mains charger unit, fwhose replacement was reasonably priced.
Whinges? The only disappointment is that my 9400's screen brightness is rather limited. On the upside, it's more than adequate. And inbetween working, I can run DVDs and surf at speed using the inbuilt Wi-Fi system.