Comparing Dell XPS XPS M1710 (17 " Widescreen) with ThinkPad T61 1(5" Widescreen)

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I have customized a Dell system and a thinkpad for XP Pro. At Dell, on
M1710 (17 " Widescreen) has XP Pero option available. I prefer 15". I
tried to bild tehe two systems w/ the same component

DELL XPS M1710 (17 " Widescreen): $2,633
 Intel=C2=AE Core=E2=84=A2 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667 MHz FSB)=
(Note: I didn't opted for T7500 for price issues)
 Genuine Windows=C2=AE XP Professional
160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
 256MB NVIDIA=C2=AE GeForce=E2=84=A2 7900 GS - (Note: No  8000 Series avail=
 Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g -  Note: This is the only option available
 Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate)
 80 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
 Integrated Sound Blaster=C2=AE Audigy=E2=84=A2 HD Software Edition  - Note=
: Only
$25 less for integrated audio
 McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 15-
months - Note: It comes with it; cannot remove
 Microsoft Works 8 - Note: I don't care about this
Yahoo! Music Jukebox - Music Player - Note: I don't care about this
but FREE
1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor,24x7 Phone Support
and ..
LCD PANEL 17 inch UltraSharp=E2=84=A2 Wide Screen UXGA Display with
Network Card and Modem Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card and Modem
Adobe Software Adobe=C2=AE Acrobat=C2=AE Reader 7.0
Miscellaneous Award Winning Service, Support
XPS Specialized Support Inspiron XPS, Specialized Support
Labels Windows XP=E2=84=A2
Processor Branding Intel Centrino Core Duo Processor

ThinkPad T61 (15" Widescreen): $1,588.50 saving $529.50 if buy today
Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 (2.2GHz 800MHz 4MBL2)
  Genuine Windows XP Professional
  15.4 WSXGA+ TFT
  NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M (256MB Open GL)  - (Note: No other option
  2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
  UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
  160GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
  DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer, Ultrabay Slim
  Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN - (Note: I like this option better
than Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g)
  Integrated Bluetooth PAN
  9 cell Li-Ion Battery
  Express - 1 Yr Depot Warranty

1=2E Is the price difference mainly from NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M (256MB
Open GL)  versus 256MB NVIDIA=C2=AE GeForce=E2=84=A2 7900 GS + the 17" Wide=
versus 15" Widesceen monitor
2=2E Replacing the wireless card to desired one wouldn't be  a big deal
in Dell, right?
3=2E Upgrading Memory in Dell could be expensive, right? Only  Dell
brand can be used and must be purchased from Dell, right?

At is info on NVIDIA
Quadro FX 570M
At is info on 256MB
NVIDIA=C2=AE GeForce=E2=84=A2 7900 GS

Since I really prefer 15" screen, I guess I have to settle with NVIDIA
Quadro FX 570M (256MB Open GL) . Is that justifible? Will I regret

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