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Buying gaming laptop for sc2

by jasonSC2 / October 5, 2010 12:13 AM PDT

ok so im shopping around for a laptop that will be a freaking beast! and run games etc flawlessly.. i was looking at the alienware x15 but after reviewing it on the site im a bit skeptical.. i have about 1500 to spend.. any suggestions computer people? im about average with anyone in their mid 20s when it comes to being tech savey

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by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / October 5, 2010 3:55 AM PDT

Hi Jason,

The Alienware x15 is a great gaming laptop. Is there anything in particular you found missing on the Alienware or any specific features you need? I can recommend a few other options.

MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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by jasonSC2 / October 5, 2010 6:05 AM PDT
In reply to: Alienware

yes i was hearing that some of the drivers were out of date and that customer service was the worst thing ever... also battery life was an issue with most people with that laptop

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That's true for most laptops.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 5, 2010 6:18 AM PDT
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I don't know of any maker that has current drivers or rather keeps the drivers up to date. The reasons are well known but we can discuss why if you haven't read why.

About battery times. A great gaming laptop usually gets about one hour of battery time when gaming. This is the state of the technology today. However "battery life" is on average from 300 to 1000 cycles or one to three years. Which battery life or time are you asking about.

As to support, are you asking about Windows support or the machine support? Many are confused and think resolving problems with malware or windows is supported.

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by jasonSC2 / October 5, 2010 11:52 AM PDT

sorry bob i guess i wasnt clear enough lol

Drivers: honestly im not sure what exactly the reviewer was talking about.. something along the lines of the drivers wernt the ones they needed and they had a hard time finding the right ones..

Battery life: i was asking about time fully charged --> dead. i heard its somewhere around 2 hours of idle/on the internet/listening to music, stuff thats not too demanding.

Support: Ive read that the support function build into the machine is buggy and the live support from dell is the worst support on earth.. i spoke with someone at bestbuy about it and they agreed with that.

basicly i just need to be pointed towards the alienware or away from it. is it a good machine for the $1500.00 that youre going to be paying for it or is it a bulky headache.

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Let's talk each item.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 5, 2010 2:19 PM PDT
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1. Drivers. The machine arrives for most with working drivers. If a machine arrives with bad drivers, let's hope there is a scathing review. I've never had this issue so I can't write that a new machine has this issue. I HAVE FOUND that as time passes the makers do not update their web sites. For Nvidia I find the drivers to be easy to find (!) which makes you wonder about the reviewers!

2. Battery TIME. The reason for low times is simple. It's like a high powered sports car and low MPG. These machines have high power components so you get 1 or maybe 2 hours on battery. If you want long battery times, get a non-gaming laptop. Those Acer TimelineX models often get 8 or more hours on battery power.

3. Support. You're right. Windows help is a disaster. Makes you wonder why it's still so bad. Dell support at the office is great. But then again we never have calls about Windows. We are programmers so any software or malware issue is handled in house.

4. My kid wanted a gaming machine. My wife wanted a fast machine to run the Sims. Both are gamer laptops with the usual downsides of 1 or 2 hour battery times and hot due to the high end CPU and GPU. One's an Asus, the other is a HP dv7. Both have i7 CPUs and 1GB dedicated RAM GPUs.

Hope this helps,

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bottom line
by jasonSC2 / October 5, 2010 10:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Let's talk each item.

Wow bob thanks so much for the information. i liked the analogy about the sports car, makes alot of sense.

so overall are you giving the x15 your stamp of approval?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 6, 2010 1:18 AM PDT
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If you can live with a hot laptop with a shorter lifespan but average for gaming laptops then you are a candidate for a gaming laptop. I've yet to find a cool (temperature) gaming laptop that didn't need repairs in years 2 or 3.

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