From looking at the specs I thought there was very little difference... my bad I guess... there must be somthing I'm missing...
Certainly the CPU and RAM is as fast or faster (see below) in the cheapo sony.
can one not add on some extra GPU power?
You cannot add GPU, which is essentially a graphics card. The fact is all models of the Alienware comes with Dual GPU. Pretty much your stuck with it. Laptops dont allow for upgrading graphics cards.
i have done some research today, and the overheating issues, have been fixed with a recent Bios firmware upgrade. Also I always use a cooling pad on any laptop I own. This really helps overheating issues alot and helps to extend the life of the laptop.
The alienware has a stealthmode button which reduces GPU and CPU processing power, for quiet use and will generate less heat and less battery power.
this is great when your on a plane or in a cafe and just want to check email, surf the net or banter with friends on Jemsite
Fact is Animation requires some heavy graphics number crunching. Dual Video cards is awesome.
Im going for work purposes to HK with my wife, and I need to spend the cash on a good laptop. Iv had to cancel work on a custom guitar just to be able to afford the laptop. Im kinda upset about that, but getting a sexy Alienware PC should cheer me up.
Just aquick point Alienware Australia is charging an extra $1500 for the same spec as on the USA website. I will be buying from the USA having it delivered to a friend in the USA and then getting fedex to courier it to Hongkong where I am moving to .
Im gona save so much cash.
You Yanks dont know how good you got it.....