"worked great until warranty ran out"2.0 starson by rubydoobydoo
Pros: battery life pretty good, case held up
Cons: hot (even w/ new battery), wireless and ethernet crapped out, hard drive iffy
Summary: I bought a 600m in March 2004 - it worked great for a year and a month (my school purchased only the 1 year warranty). Since then the system slowly failed to recognize that a network cable was plugged in, then failed to recognize the ethernet adapter, then failed to recognize the wireless adapter. I tried replacing the wireless card - didn't help. For the last year, I've had to use USB adapters to connect to a network. Bulky and easily broken, especially when I am trying to transport the computer from my office to my classroom. The battery, hard drive, and palm rest all get excessively hot. The machine rarely shuts down without freezing and often refuses to display useful icons in the task bar, like the volume icon (oddly, kodak comes up all the time). The hard drive has crashed on me a few times, though I've been able to recover by removing it and putting it back in - don't know what that's about. I know this one's now verging on obsolescence, but I expected more life out of it, given my past experiences with Dells. I think their quality is going downhill.