I bought it today, won't get it till the end of the month though cus my brother's going on vacation till the 28th and it was shipped to his address. I was worried about the reflective screen and the video card - but I did get a 2.0Ghz processor which some people say make a huge difference. I got minimum ram, 256mb, bought 2gb of ram from newegg.com which I'll put in myself. (It was an addition $1000++ on dell.com). I also got both the 4-cell as well as the 8-cell, figuring I wouldn't want to lug around such a heavy laptop to work every day or when I'm travelling.. (and I hear the 8-cell sticks out quite a bit in the back, so..)
Hope it's performance is as beautiful as it looks ... (and Sims 2'll play well on it)
Wow, you certainly sunk a lot into that notebook. I can't believe you spent almost as much on RAM as I did on my whole laptop! And you said you wouldn't want to "lug around" the laptop with the 8-cell battery...it's 4.1 lbs with the 4-cell, and only 4.6 lbs with the 8-cell. That's still lighter than my current 600m at 5 lbs, which is already one of the lighter full-feature notebooks on the market. By no stretch of the imagination is 4.6 lbs a "heavy laptop." But to each his own. You'll be able to do some mad Photoshop on that thing with so much memory!
Edit: One additional thing which may be a problem for you: iirc, the 700m maxes out at 2GB RAM. Which means you'll have to remove the 256MB stick, which means disassembling half of the laptop (the factory-installed RAM slot isn't considered serviceable). But there's documentation on Dell's site that can tell you how to get to it: http://support.dell....0m/en/index.htm