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just wondering what everyone thinks about the new Alienware Sentia. I'm really considering buying one. Besides looking like a total dork sitting in class, i think it will be really useful. I will be using it less for games, but more in the fields of 3d design (photoshop and autocad) as well as the regular writing papers, listening to music, and internet. The computer is set my alienware on has 2ghz 2mb chache and 2 gigs memory (buying RAM somewhere else).

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Re: alienware

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Let me bottomline this one.

"Exclusive Alienware Design and Construction"

This is just another no-name machine. Where are the service centers, what is the 800 support number (in what country) and how long does it take them to get you a replacement part?

Be sure to see if their website offers drivers for various Operating Systems since you may want to load XP Pro from CD and then you'll want all the drivers.


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the support does not seem to be bad at all (from other review sites). i will probably order the comp with xp pro. my only concern is with 64-bit on the way, this is an expensive investment if computers are going to be changing.

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Why this one?

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All the Centrinos are crammed into a narrow price range of 1 to 2 thousand bucks. Best Buy is still this make's primary outlet and service from them has (for me) been non-existant. While I will buy from them, they get a rating of zero for service of anything they sell. They are strictly a box mover. Take advantage of that and don't count on their service.

I see the 64-bit wave and know not to ignore it. If you can get 2 years out of this purchase, then it's a good thing.

Remember that battery will not last 2 years so factor that into your upkeep cost of any laptop.


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Re: Why this one?

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wow. thanks for all the feedback. im interested in a laptop that can last for another 4 years for basic presenation/ paper work. so i may just wait a little more for 64-bit. i can last long enough on my desktop, but is the estimate for 64-bit on laptop around 6-12 months?

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Do read the 64-bit quesiton.

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There's a long one in this forum and I think it covers all the major points.

At the end, the issue is pretty well exposed and (I repeat) that one should move to stay 32-bit only in a conscious decision to do so.

Today, we have 4 major models of 64-bit capable laptops to choose from from names we recognise to have service centers across the US and more. I'm still leaning to the Emachine 6809 for great keyboard, all the right ports, parts and a fair price. I would not give it a second thought if Gateway didn't own that lineup.

Today, we have 64-bit OSes. XP64 is free for a year, Suse 9.1 comes with the 64-bit version, Knoppix64 is a bootable 64-bit OS with many of the apps extended to 64-bit and work continues. Anyone that writes that we have to wait to gain the 64-bit advantage may not be "out there" and trying this stuff.

Staying with 32-bit is fine, but I've lived the 8 to 16 to 32 bit changeovers and have learned that this wave is not to be ignored. For PCs and SUN computers, such changes happened in about 9 months as all the pundits wrote feverishly that 16 or 32-bit was more than sufficient for our needs.

You will read the same words as before.

"There are no 32-bit application." was written before. At least this time, there are 64-bit apps out there. Not Microsoft Office, but with Open Office why is Microsoft a factor here?


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Re: Do read the 64-bit quesiton.

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thanks a lot Bob. i think im going to wait for a 64-bit intel processor for laptops. would you advise that?

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Re: Do read the 64-bit quesiton.

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I think you know my answer on that. Disregard my little red-m, but I see no reason to wait for Intel on this one. It's my money on the next laptop and the discussion noted has the reasons.

Intel may roll out in 2005, but I will not miss the wave.

Intel is however keeping a tight lip about this, but we see 64-bit extensions on Xeon and odd things on P4. The show is quite fun to watch.


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uhmm support

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the reason why support gets high #s is because

A)the people there are cheerful, not the supers tho
B)they seem to be 50% english speaking
C)are very polite

aka even when you get screwed by them u kinda feel good about yourself aka they had me wait for a week, than another week, than another n again but i thought they were "working" on my problem, one rep even said they had A TEAM asembled to investigate my problem.... yeah....

eventually i called in and found that they didnt even look at the pictures... they did that on hold... in the end they fixed nothing and politely voided my warranty after lying to me about me having to fixit myself...

i hate nissans cuz theyre cheap build but well even though my sentra was a wreck they did replace the crappy cd player 3 times... at least they were consistant with their warranty... AW is happy to cover their rear and faulty production by pointing at you when something goes wrong

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