Some interesting news here from the Sydney Morning Herald regarding Dell and the Intel Centrino. It seems that Dell won't be using the Centrino Pro for its mid-market notebooks, citing logistical issues with the on-board vPro tools.
This report quotes a Dell spokesman as saying that corporate clients aren't keen on introducing vPro-enhanced notebooks on a piecemeal basis because it would provide enhanced operational capabilities to certain groups at the expense of others. My guess is that most managers simply won't want to put up with a lot of whining if certain teams, particularly on sales teams, get better notebooks.
That's a shame, because vPro offers a host of cool tools, such as virtualization, asset inventory and remote management. You can even reboot the hard drive over a network.
Instead, Dell will use the Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH), which was created by the Dell-founded Distributed Management Task Force. The system is basically an interoperable means of browser-based remote management, which is flexible enough in its own right but isn't expected to be as full-featured as vPro.
For what it's worth, though, this is Dell's call. The only true judge will be the marketplace.