I went with "thoseotherguys" and bought a Dell XPS 1330 today. I'm so happy!
specs? ship date?
Ship date isn't for forever (08/28), which works for me because Chicago doesn't start until late September.
I'm cutting and pasting from the email, so hopefully this answers your specs question:
Intel® Core 2 Duo T7100 (2MB cache/1.8GHz/800Mhz FSB)
Memory 2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
LCD and Camera Slim and Light LED Display with VGA Webcam
Video Card 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce Go 8400M GS
Hard Drives Size: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
OPERATING SYSTEM(S) Genuine Windows® Vista Home Premium Edition
Network Card and Modem Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
Combo or DVD+RW Drive CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Wireless Networking Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card
Fingerprint Reader Biometric Fingerprint Reader
Bluetooth Options Built-in Bluetooth capability (2.0 EDR)