I had been considering getting one of these for a while after getting used to the 1680 x 1050 resolution on my laptop. Widescreens make multitasking a breeze and look great for multimedia too. But the decisive factor was the price. By combining a number of promotions (which Dell is famous for-- but I'm glad I'm not a stockholder) I was able to achieve the following order:
Current list price: $699.00
LCD monitor sale: - $120.00
Holiday sale: - $144.75
Small Biz coupon - $100.00 (use Dell SB coupon code 63C1JBV4XV1VMD)
FatWallet rebate - $ 8.36
PayPal cash back - $ 5.01
Not bad! But, hurry if you're interested, since the deal expires around 4:00 AM PST Nov. 30. (UPDATE: It seems that Dell pulled the plug on this too-good-to-be-true deal earlier than expected. It'a good thing I had already done my research and was ready to buy...)
I'll post a review after I receive mine and use it for awhile.
The pros were quite obvious after using the service for just a couple of minutes:
Well, I am happy to report that the newly improved, free Pandora 2.0 still maintains the same benefits and solved two of the three problems listed above. Yes, you can now save lists of songs Pandora has found that you want to lookup again later, and the music selection is much improved (well, at least I can speak for the New Age and Jazz genres).
The remaining drawback is that I still cannot easily use Pandora to find music to download with my Rhapsody subscription. Sure, direct Amazon.com links are nice, but I don't really want to pay $15 per CD when I can pay less for subscription access to a million songs instead. At least I can create a list of songs I like, and then manually pull them up for download in Rhapsody later. Which I suppose is good enough for a free service (we'll see how obnoxious the advertisements become). But the #1 feature Pandora would need to add before I would become a paying subscriber is direct Rhapsody links. I hope that will become a reality sometime soon.