Thanks to all the comments and advice from the other thread, I've come down to these two machines with the following specs. Which would you choose? Lenovo costs $200 more. Thanks!
1. Dell Precision M4700:
- 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7-3520M Dual Processor
up to 3.6 GHz Max Turbo speed, 4MB Cache
- 16GB DDR3 Memory
- 1TB SATA Hard Drive
LOTS of storage space!!
- DVD Burner (DVDRW) - Burn DVD's and CD's
- 15.6" HD (1366x768) Widescreen Display
- 2GB nVIDIA Quadro K2000M
and Intel HD Graphics 4000 Video
- Integrated Dell Webcam
- Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN Wireless
- Internal Bluetooth Adapter Installed
- AC Adapter (Power Cord) Included
- 9-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Windows 8 Professional COA - Loaded and drivers installed by the manufacturer!
Network connector (RJ-45)
USB 3.0 (2)USB 2.0 (3) – 1 USB/eSATA combo
Stereo headphone/Microphone combo jack
10-in-1 card reader, 54 mm ExpressCard, 1394
Docking Connector, VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI
1 Full and 2 Half Mini Card Slots
Windows 8 Professional 64-bit
FIVE Year Dell Next Business Day Warranty and Complete Care though July 3, 2018!
2. LENOVO THINKPAD W530
Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition with free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro included
Intel Quad Core i7-3740QM @ 2.9ghz (3.7 Turbo) 1600mhz/6MB cache
32GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 (4 x 8GB) 32GB Max
Nvidia Quadro K1000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) LED Backlit Widescreen and WWAN antenna (95% color gamut, anti-glare)
720p Integrated Camera
500GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
Intel Centrino Advanced-N WiFi 6205
8x DVD/RW Dual Layer Burner
UltraNav TrackPoint and Touchpad with Fingerprint Reader
3G Mobile Broadband WWAN Upgradable (3G card avaliable for purchase eBay item 170666234290)
4 in 1 Media Reader and Modem (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC)
9 Cell Lithium Ion battery
Genuine Lenovo Worldwide Warranty 3 Year Depot (International Warranty Support - Model Type 2438)
Using both sides of the brain . . . .