Pros Fast, Fast, and did I say Fast.
Cons It does cost a little more than its closes competitor, however its options refect this increase in price.
Summary The test computer was a base model with base level parts and scored an 8.2 by the editor. By spending a little more money you can increase every aspect of the Area-51's proformance.
1. Replace the single 80 GB, 5400 rpm hard drive with 2 - 120 GB, 7200 rpm hard drives.
2. Replace the 1 GB (2x 512MB), and use 2 GB (2x 1GB) min.
3. Choose the higher resolution screen 1920x1200 to make the graphics pop out clearer and brighter.
4. If you still have any money left the Geforce go 7950GTX 512MB in SLI mode will burn through any game without dropping frames and without creating excessive heat for a desktop replacement.
Dell may cost less but there is no Dual graphics. HP may have the graphics but not the hard drive options. And yes the alien head may be dated but what would an Alienware computer be without an alien somewere.
Pros Intel Core 2 Duo processors / Graphics / Memory
Cons Price / Customer service
Summary Alienware has finally utilized Intel Core 2 Duo technology in a notebook.
I do not personally own one of these notebooks, but have had the honor of taking it for a test drive. The most notable difference are the Intel-based processor(s). They are significantly faster than their AMD counterpart m-series processors. Most individuals will notice a difference when multi-tasking and tearing through applications as well as gaming. The single AMD counterpart had a greater ability to dedicate itself to one process(i.e. games), where as the core 2 duo(can) multi-task more successfully as well as give itself entirely to a game.
Another notable difference is the memory. It comes stocked with 1GB of ram; ram that operates much faster than it's predecessor's. It is running DDR2 memory at 667MHz. Previous Alienware notebook's ran DDR memory at 400MHz. This lends another contributing hand to expediating the notebook all around.
All in all, this seems to be another very solid system. If you currently own an M9700 or equivalent, I wouldn't suggest going out and upgrading to this notebook however. For starters, it has a 2k starting price tag, and can be configured all the way up to 5k. That's a lot of money to shell out for the newest technology. If you already own a great system, hold on to it. The difference between the 9750 and 9700 is not that drastic.
On the other hand, if you crave the latest technology in a gaming notebook and can afford it, then I highly recommend adding this one to your list.
Pros Nice display and speakers
Cons Would not power on out of the box
Summary I purchased an Alienware laptop as a Christmas gift. My partner was excited to begin using it so he plugged it in hit the power switch and nothing. No lights, no post screen, nothing! We called AW and the tech was very nice and helped us through reseating the memory and then resetting the BIOS. The system worked fine for a couple days and then again it would not boot up so we contacted AW. They had us reset the BIOS again and recommended that we upgrade the BIOS. We went to the AW web site to download the firmware when we noticed that the version the tech wanted us to install did not support the OS we are running. After discussing this with the tech and being put on hold for a while the tech agreed that we should not do the upgrade. A few days later the system would not boot up again so we called AW. They said they felt it was a motherboard issue and that we needed to send it to them for repair. We shipped the system to them. It was only seven days and the system arrived back. We took it out of the box, plugged it in and it would not come on. We called AW and they said all they did was replace the CMOS battery. We expressed our frustration to the tech who in turn put us on hold while he relayed our frustration. When he came back he said a manager would give us a call within 24 hours with our next step. We are now waiting to hear back. All we can say at this point is DO NOT buy an Alienware system.
Pros Large screen, very nice keyboard
Cons System shipped defective, low usefulness/time ratio when contacting Alienware
Summary I was very excited to fire up the new Alienware laptop I'd splurged on. Nearly two weeks after the initial order was placed, it arrived.
Unfortunately, from the start I had problems with it hanging during the boot sequence and in-game crashes to desktop.
AW Tech and Customer service reps were uniformly nice and polite during numerous calls...but unable to provide any constructive help.
After twice rebuilding the system (software) according to AW instructions, I thought it prudent to return the machine while I could.
An AW rep convinced me to ship the machine to AW for repair. Nearly four weeks later, I'd been told it had a short in the motherboard and that the hard drive would be replaced. But there was no solid date when this would be complete. Frustrated and disappointed, I initiated the return process. Unfortunately, I now have to wait for the repair to finish before the return can be completed. So I'll (optimistically) have a 6-week period where I have neither a gaming rig nor my money.
I'll wind up out the restocking fee (over $500) and have spent more time on the phone with AW over the last 1.5 months than actually using the system.
The AW rep stated that my experience was a rare one. Perhaps, but I won't risk repeating it with AW.
"Lost mémory"on by darfeu
Cons problème with Mémory
Summary My son bought this portable with option 4 giga of memory. But here is the bios does not recognize more than 2559MB of memory.
The engineering department of Alienware is informed of a problem on the bios of this series of portable what does not prevent the Alienware company from continuing to propose this useless option on its site of sale.
The sales department of Alienware Europe wants to offer to my son a mouse well to compensate it for this bug and in waiting for new a bios which does not lose the memory
What to start Alien WarUpdated
My son has just bought this portable with the option 4 Giga of memory.
But as incredible as that appears the bios of this portable more 2559GB of memory does not recognize. The engineering department of Alienware is informed of the problem, but on the commercial site this useless option is always proposed with the sale.
In its great kindness the sales department of Alienware Europe wants to offer to my son a mouse well to compensate it for this bug.
Here what to start a news Alien War