Pros everything you need and more
Cons expensive and worth the price
Summary I played with my friends for a week to see if it was worth replacing my fully tricked out M17X, dual 280's, dual SSD's, etc. etc. I like the refreshed design, the editor should look in the mirror and get rid of his dated 70's or dorm room "chic look ". Asus is following Alienware in there design as well as others. HmmmmCase design is a refresh, color gamut is more important than the back light. I have ASUS blue tinted RGB back lit laptops.
Updated on Oct 1, 2011
Pros It comes with world's most powerful graphics (Nvidia GeForce GTX 580M and AMD Radeon HD 6990M)
with Dual GPU's and AMD crossfire and Nvidia SLI
Has a quad core I7 processor
It is a great desktop replacement
Ram is upgradable up to 32gb
Dual HDD upgrad
Cons the biggest problem in this is the price because it starts at 1,999
and the configurations we want is come at about 2,800 - 3,400 which is too expensive
So, we have to keep in mind about the price
another thing is it is a bulky laptop but, we can refuse
Summary All in all it is a great laptop but we have to keep in mind that the the configuration we want is too expensive......
Pros The screen is very good. The keyboard is also very good. The computer's CPU and GPUs can be really good if you're willing to spend the money on the upgrades. A jack of all trades in terms of general and home entertainment. Fun to overclock CPU/GPUs.
Cons Obviously the price, I paid 5k for an upgraded model. For the money your aren't getting a proportionally better system relative to a DIY build. For me it ends up acting like a desktop anyway, I don't use the native keyboard, mouse,speakers or screen.
Summary I've owned one since release and my at the time computer knowledge was quite limited though I knew enough to want to get into the higher end computer market. I didn't at the time know enough about higher end computer hardware to comfortably do a DIY build so I decided to purchase a 'higher' end prebuilt computer. I was unsure about all aspects of the higher end market from screen to keyboard so I bought a higher end 'all in one' to get me acquainted with all those various aspects. Now I kinda wish I hadn't went that route. It didn't take me long to get comfortable with the high end hardware and even things like overclocking. I outgrew this computer before I paid it. It will overheat if you don't augment the cooling if you overclock the GPUs. Mine sits on an open crate with a fan to allow proper air flow. I don't use this as a laptop either, it acts as kind of a surrogate PC. I run 3 monitors in portrait eyefinity and leave the laptop monitor inactive. I use wireless mouse and keyboard. I use the 7.1 sound out to surround sound. I rarely use the blu ray optical drive. My point is its good at what it does but it makes itself less a laptop than a kind of PC but it makes itself useful as a laptop if you go to a friends house to play for example. So in a sense its kind of the best of both worlds if you don't plan on doing any major upgrading but you pay an insane price to have that convenience. I would suggest that instead of buying this for any reason either get a more convenient, smaller, laptop or tablet or get the knowledge and build a desktop yourself.
Pros Beautiful HD Screen, Top of the line graphics, Fast fast fast, Desktop replacement easily, cool color configuration is neat, customer service was awesome to me
Cons Price (obviously), To update hardware you must do it through the Alienware website...it typically takes a longer time for them to update on their (over 3 months in some cases)
Summary Best laptop I've ever owned. I usually buy a new laptop every year (just because). I don't think I will have to buy a new one next year. This laptop is a beast. I play World of Warcraft on "Ultra" and I am pulling off 90+ FPS. The laptop stays extremely cool. Before I bought this laptop, I bought and returned two different laptops (Dell XPS and Toshiba Qosmio), they both overheated when I would play games. The model I have is a little over $3900. If you are trying to get a budget gaming laptop, I would suggest an Asus G73 or similar. I am an Alienware customer for a very long time if they keep making beasts like this laptop.
Pros Cool looking exterior. Top of the line video card.
Cons Overpriced. Easily overheats. Sub par components. Poorly engineered on the inside.
Summary I have owned four Alienware computers, including three laptops and one desktop computer. I was severely disappointed with all of them. My first two laptops all died within one year. And, my last two were replacement computers given to me by Alienware and lasted no more than two years. They have a bunch of power under the hood and therefore have a short shelf life. Although Alienware computers look really cool on the outside, it's what's on the inside that is horrendous. With exception to the graphics card, the rest of the components are poor quality. And, the engineers at Alienware did a poor job in constructing the computers. Placing the hard drive next to an overheating video card is not smart engineering. Furthermore, screws were missing on the inside and the casing is typically made out of cheap plastic. I highly recommend to stay away from Alienware and consider other high-end gaming computer brands.