I bought the Dell Inspiron 600m straight from Dell about 5 years ago. It has lasted me, without problems, the entire time and is still working today! The balance between screen size and weight in this laptop is a combination hard to match even in today's laptops. With a 15" NOT widescreen display, you get a lot more screen size than you do with the newer widescreen displays, which is perfect if you're into multitasking, drawing, or programming (like I am). The battery life is not the greatest compared to nowadays laptops, though...my Inspiron lasts about two hours unplugged, running basic operations. However, this is still plenty of time for many everyday operations. The fan can get a bit noisy when it's turned on (which happens when running intesive applications, or the laptop is left on a cloth or carpet surface), so I tend to use laptop cooler when I can. The touchpad that comes with the computer is sensitive and easy to use, and the keys are easily depressed and comfortable to type with. Overall, I've been very happy with this laptop.
Beverly Hills, CA