I bought my laptop off of ebay in 2004. It seemed like a really good deal when I first seen it on ebay. There were alot of accessories in with it and I didn't think ebay would be any different then buying directly from alienware so I bought it. It arived to me after 10 or so days, mail man didn't even ask me to sign anything so funny. It was just like siting in my mums and pops front lawn, so i nabed it, brought it in. It must have like been siting out in the cold some where all knight cuz it felt like a giant ice ball when I got it into my room. I opened it up, next thing I new I was downstairs taking the battery out of it wondering why star wars galaxies had locked up on me. I didnt know at the time if it was suppose to shut off with the battery inside of it, or if I was supose to take the battery out first since it was in this blue screen of death thing. That happened after about a half hour of use, which didn't bother me but it blue errored on me a ton. More on that later though, besides that everything worked like it was suppose to and I was happy with it.
The build quality has been good for the 4 years Iv owned it, theres been alot of things that Iv had to replace and some things i havent managed to solve on my own. I need a new pcmcia card slot, I had bought a linksis cisco duel band draft n pcmcia card for it and after a few minutes of use it will spit out the connection. I need a new cd drive for it also, as that thing never did work in it, also i had to replace the memory in it. After having countless blue errors, to the point where calling it mundane would have been extreamly understaing it, I alsmost heaved it into the garbage at one point. I switched the memory in it, and that fixed it, after having had it for 3 years.
Im still typing with it right now though, and I feel like its rock solid. Theres 3 multimedia buttons on this laptop, one I just found out is a site to homepage button, one is I dont know , it has a circle with a line going through it, and one is for mail.
my specs are similar to this Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Case: Area-51m Case with 15.4" WideSXGA+ 1680x1050 LCD Display - Conspiracy Blue
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.0GHz 800MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
Motherboard: SiS648FX + SiS963L AGP8X Chipset
Memory: 1024MB DDR PC-3200 - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
Video Card: Area-51m ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO Module with 128MB DDR
Sound Card: Sound-Blaster Pro Compatible 3D Audio
Hard Drive: 40GB 5400 RPM ATA100
Smart Bay One: 24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software
Ethernet NIC: Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet NIC
Modem: 56K Modem with V.92 Technology
Remote Control: Area-51m Multi-function Infrared Remote control
Mobile Transport : Alienware® Premium Messenger Case <-- switched for the backpack
Multifunction Printers: Lexmark PrinTrio X1150 with 6' USB Cable
My has a 80 gigabyte harddrive in it, and a 16.1 inch screen witch has been superb, and thats an understatement. Im all typed out so i guess ill go straight to the pros and cons...
pros:screen, keyboard, gpu power, gaming power, multimedia power, build to last, portability as i have traveled with it to extream places like coffe shops in downtowns where theres itty bitty places to sit and it works fine.
For any one wondering my experience only makes me want another alienware even more especialy the new i7 mobile processor m15x. The m17x also , iv been telling everyone how great this lignup is, and i know the build quality is there for you as a buyer to admire. With ssds in there new lignups, blue ray burners, i7 extreams with turbo boost, and the brand spaken new 260s and 280s these things are the best deal thats goin be out there for this type of product such as alienware for a long long time, so I'd buy yours to keep as thats why they have the nameplates. enjoy yours if you get one...