Did you PAY $2650 or was it $1350 (You said you paid about $1300 less than if it were retail price). Even $2,650 seems ridiculous to me, didn't you look at the $750 off Dell coupon? The i9300 has really good reviews from CNET and PCMAGAZINE. I do agree though, an IBM thinkpad is a top-top machine. I would have gotten one if it weren't cost-prohibitive for me for all the specs I want (basically what you got, but without bluetooth).
no offense...but it blows my mind that someone could need a $2,500+ computer....overkill?