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08-20-2008 12:09 PM
shredmaster
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

Sounds like you want the Alienware so i would just get it if i were you. I have always built my own workstations until the last few years. I buy Dell only and of course customize the hell out of 'em. I also have an M1530 with 4 gig ram and it's insane. 2 friends of mine bought Alienware machines and yeah, they look cool, but who cares about that IMO. Now they're a little sorry they dropped so much cash on them after seeing my gear. But, only you can be happy and if Alienware will make you happy, go for it and have fun!
08-13-2008 04:15 PM
CalledToArms
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

i guess everyone just has different things they look for when purchasing Looks are usually the last thing on my mind when purchasing a laptop (I get the classic Thinkpads as my main models and I havent ever had 1 problem).

Most my experience with Alienware is in desktops though, which I can build myself for 1/2 the cost so Ive always seen them as a huge ripoff for a few lights (that you can install in your own case if you want). Laptops for the specs you seem to be looking for, unfortunately you'll probably have to take your business to Alienware.
08-13-2008 04:06 PM
Brosa
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

I just love the way Alienware looks. Sure you pay a hefty price, but then you've got something AND it looks cool to boot.
08-13-2008 01:05 PM
CalledToArms
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

they are hit or miss. ive had some friends who had ones that were pretty solid, but I have also known just as many people who were sending their alienware stuff back in the mail to be replaced, returned, or fixed constantly. On top of that they are extremely overpriced, and I have heard nothing but nonperformance reports on dual video cards in their laptops.

Big "Meh" from me
08-13-2008 12:45 PM
Clonetool
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

Did you buy it?
06-16-2008 08:57 PM
IbanezFreak777
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

Quote:
Originally Posted by CityofBlindingLights View Post
I myself am a Mac user, and normally I'd suggest the dual boot Windows/OS X solution for gaming (an Macs are ridiculous at graphics), BUT

Since you seem to like loads of power (which is hard to get with Apple without putting a serious dent in your wallet), I'm going to suggest Dell. They make some seriously good stuff, their hardware is dependable, and their customer service and support is decent (you wait forever and when you get someone you have trouble understanding the accent- and I'm Indian! But they do know what they're talking about, for the most part). Ever since Michael Dell returned, they've done some good things.

And I also suggest dual booting Linux, it's loads of fun and super stable

EDIT: Forgot to add, check out the M1530, a relative of mine has the 1330 and I personally think it's WAAAAY too underpowered, and that 13" screen isn't all that great for gaming unless you plan to game in the middle of a wheat field in China.

For $1500 you can get: 2.4GHz Core2Duo Processor, Vista Ultimate, 2GB shared dual channel RAM, 160 GB 5400rpm hard drive, and a 256MB NVIDEA GeForce 8600M GT video card. Pretty sweet deal imho. You know, if I had the dough and weren't so addicted to macs...

I dont ever Touch mac. I'm PC only, and I have no need for linux. I own software (paid for ) and that software runs on PC format, so there would be no point in Dual booting anything.

I'm sure all the laptops out there are great, but specs on the ALienware so far are stil better then all of them. My initial post was to get other Alienware users to comment, and so far only one has stated they had one for 6 years with no problems.

I'm definatly going to buy one...... and not because one guy syas so, cause I want the special lights
06-16-2008 11:56 AM
CityofBlindingLights
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

I myself am a Mac user, and normally I'd suggest the dual boot Windows/OS X solution for gaming (an Macs are ridiculous at graphics), BUT

Since you seem to like loads of power (which is hard to get with Apple without putting a serious dent in your wallet), I'm going to suggest Dell. They make some seriously good stuff, their hardware is dependable, and their customer service and support is decent (you wait forever and when you get someone you have trouble understanding the accent- and I'm Indian! But they do know what they're talking about, for the most part). Ever since Michael Dell returned, they've done some good things.

And I also suggest dual booting Linux, it's loads of fun and super stable

EDIT: Forgot to add, check out the M1530, a relative of mine has the 1330 and I personally think it's WAAAAY too underpowered, and that 13" screen isn't all that great for gaming unless you plan to game in the middle of a wheat field in China.

For $1500 you can get: 2.4GHz Core2Duo Processor, Vista Ultimate, 2GB shared dual channel RAM, 160 GB 5400rpm hard drive, and a 256MB NVIDEA GeForce 8600M GT video card. Pretty sweet deal imho. You know, if I had the dough and weren't so addicted to macs...
06-16-2008 11:20 AM
axemanrio
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

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Originally Posted by IbanezFreak777 View Post
and just to add to your Dell love affair. Not sure you know this but Dell owns Alienware

and just to further my point you cant get the speed and graphics power of the Alienware m15x in any other laptop unless its a 17 inch.

I dont want a 17inch laptop
It renders the whole portabilty of a laptop useless. The quadro only comes in a 17inch laptop cause thats all it will fit.
Without any disrespect, I knew about that acquisition months before it clicked - I'm an enthusiast man, and have tested a number of CPU and video cards over the years. References available on request

My last post wasn't recommending Dell again, I suggested you look at Quadros based on your requirements. They are better for number crunching which I'm sure you know already but you don't want a 17 incher. Fair enough because portability is subjective, my idea of portability is a 12-13" notebook under 5 lbs but I have a friend who travels everywhere with his 17 inch monster.

Take it easy...
06-16-2008 08:21 AM
Bahamut
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

I will say this, I've had an alienware desktop for 6 years and it has NEVER failed. Not one time.
06-16-2008 06:40 AM
IbanezFreak777
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

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Originally Posted by axemanrio View Post
Right, but those dual video cards are still not going to be nearly as good as let's say a previous generation desktop G80 that scores 14k in 3DMark06. The price/performance ratio is really low with all notebooks (worse with Alienware/Voodoo) but it's the price you pay for mobility. You make it sound like this Alienware is going to be as fast or faster than your desktop, which is not possible unless you were running a 6 or 7 (or midrange 8 ) series GPU. Besides, SLI real-world performance will be roughly 40-50% higher than a single GPU solution, but you're still paying 2x for GPU's. And if number crunching is important, why aren't you looking at Quadros?

All the best though...
Your missing the point. I want an Alienware Laptop not a Desktop, and I want dual video cards.
and just to add to your Dell love affair. Not sure you know this but Dell owns Alienware


http://www.dell.com/content/topics/g...us&l=en&s=corp


and just to further my point you cant get the speed and graphics power of the Alienware m15x in any other laptop unless its a 17 inch.

I dont want a 17inch laptop
It renders the whole portabilty of a laptop useless. The quadro only comes in a 17inch laptop cause thats all it will fit.

The deal is that the Alienware Area51 M15 is the fastest 15inch laptop available period. This is why I want it.....

I do understand you dont like the Alienware, cause you seem to be wanting me to go Dell for some reason. Like I said been there done that...
06-16-2008 05:54 AM
axemanrio
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

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Originally Posted by IbanezFreak777 View Post
Fact is Animation requires some heavy graphics number crunching. Dual Video cards is awesome.
Right, but those dual video cards are still not going to be nearly as good as let's say a previous generation desktop G80 that scores 14k in 3DMark06. The price/performance ratio is really low with all notebooks (worse with Alienware/Voodoo) but it's the price you pay for mobility. You make it sound like this Alienware is going to be as fast or faster than your desktop, which is not possible unless you were running a 6 or 7 (or midrange 8 ) series GPU. Besides, SLI real-world performance will be roughly 40-50% higher than a single GPU solution, but you're still paying 2x for GPU's. And if number crunching is important, why aren't you looking at Quadros?

All the best though...
06-16-2008 04:18 AM
Devo
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

cool. thanks for the info... thats quite a significant difference ...

i should really know more about this stuff...
06-16-2008 03:51 AM
IbanezFreak777
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

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Originally Posted by Devo View Post
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.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

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.....
06-15-2008 05:47 PM
voodoo_child
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

Quote:
Originally Posted by Devo View Post
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.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

can one not add on some extra GPU power?
An 8800M GTX (as in the Alienware M15x) will rack up around 9000 in 3DMark06 (test of 3D performance).

The 8400M GS in the Sony will score maybe 1500. Worlds apart in terms of gaming or 3D graphics performance.
06-15-2008 05:16 PM
Devo
Re: Want to buy ALIENWARE Area-51 M15x Laptop any opinions

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.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

can one not add on some extra GPU power?
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