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Alienware laptop on the go

By LinkedKube
Mar 1, 2009
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  1. So I finished some work for my dad. He wants to buy me a laptop as a "reward."

    I have until tomorrow to decide. So far I have this from Alienware. If you can make better, pls post here. There is no price limit as of now. Thx

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    Video/Graphics Card: Dual 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 - CrossFireX™ Enabled!
    Processor: Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad QX9300 2.53GHz (12MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
    Design & Display: Black Ripley Design
    Chassis: 17-Inch WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD (1200p) with Clearview Technology
    Keyboard Options: Illuminated Keyboard – Alienware Exclusive Design - Astral Blue
    Operating System (Office software not included): Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate (64-bit Edition) with Service Pack 1
    Notebook Tuners and Remotes: Without Media Center Remote Control or TV Tuner
    Memory: 4GB« Dual Channel DDR3 SO-DIMM at 1066MHz – 2 x 2048MB

    System Drive: Single Drive Configuration - 256GB Solid State Drive
    Optical Drives : Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW )
    Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel® Ultimate N 5300 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card with MIMO Technology
    The World's First 450 Mbps Wi-Fi Adapter!
    Sound Card : Internal High-Definition Audio with Surround Sound
    Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Onsite Service and 24/7 Toll-Free Phone Support
    Power: Additional Battery – 12-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mesh Cap
    Alienware Extras: Alienware® Mobile Binder
    Alienware Extras: Owner Identification Card
    Alienware Extras: M17 Protective Cloth Sleeve
    Alienware Extras: M17 Keyboard Diagram Overlay
    Avatar: Alienhead 3D

    4300 usd as post. Do your worst, thx.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    We have seen a number of failed Alienware laptops in our shop. They seem to be having a series of manufacturing problems, despite being purchased by Dell.

    Be sure you get the longest possible warranty? And remember it is now a Dell with the contract Dell service techs coming to your house without a clue.

    I would go for a high end HP, or a high end Dell or ASUS over the Alienware, dispite the sometimes appealing configurations.
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Topic Starter Posts: 4,265   +41

    Yeah I was originally on the Dell site, that's how I got to Alienware, put 2 and 2 together.
  4. Bigbeast

    Bigbeast TS Rookie



    Hi raybay

    Would like to know what of type manufacturing problems you have been seeing in your shop, as I'm considering purchasing almost the Alienware laptop computer as (supersmashbrada)

    The system I am considering is as follows:

    Dual 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3870 - CrossFireX™ Enabled!

    Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad QX9300 2.53GHz (12MB Cache, 1066MHz FSB)

    17-Inch WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD (1200p) with Clearview Technology

    Illuminated Keyboard with Numeric Pad - Alienware Exclusive Design

    Windows Vista® Ultimate (64-bit Edition) with Service Pack 1

    Internal Digital / Analog (ATSC) TV Tuner with Adapter and ExpressCard Media Remote Control

    Extreme Performance (RAID 0) 512GB (256GB x 2) Solid State Drive

    Dual Layer Blu-ray Disc Reader (BD-ROM, DVD±RW, CD-RW)

    Internal Intel® Ultimate N 5300 a/b/g/Draft-N Mini-Card with MIMO Technology

    Internal High-Definition Audio with Surround Sound

    Wireless Mouse - Logitech VX™ Revolution Mouse
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