2. More about the 9100

The Inspiron 9100 is Dell's "desktop replacement".  In other words its big, heavy, and has a low battery life, but gives you a fantastic widescreen LCD, Hyperthreaded P4, DVD/CD burner, reasonable graphics card, and all sorts of options and ports:
There is however no serial port.  To get around this, I use a generic USB-serial adapter with a pegasys chipset.  You also get a Touchpad with two buttons, and a trackstick with two buttons.

The 9100 looks like the 8600 on a (23mm) thick docking station.  In fact, on first sight, most people thought the dark gray base was some sort of moulded plastic stand.  When I explained it was all one piece, no one understood why it was so large.

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