Playing the Waiting Game
Hi All, noob here to the forum. Been back & forth on the forums the past few weeks doin' "research" Ordered my Aurora on 12/8/2005. Been on phase "5" since MLK day. I had to chime in and give my thoughts. As far as my config (in sig) Yes, i know i should have at least gotten the 4400 instead of the 4200, and YES, same with the graphics card (got the 6800 instead of the 7800 or even the 6800 ultra) and Yes, shoud've gone with the XP pro... lemme see, anything else? Oh yeah, 7200 rpm drives instead of the 5400...and the 3 year instead of the 1 year warranty. But that's ok. I'm a graphic artist (like soooo many others out there!), but I work in LARGE FORMAT digital printing. So my file sizes can easily run a gig. Got tired of staying late at work (like 2 nite) to do mah magic thing, so I got the system to solve all my problems. only one it can't seem to solve is this huge feeling of "tiredofwaitinitis". Apparently a bunch of you suffer from this same ailment.
I know that I'm monologuing here, but after being online for the past umpteen weeks sifting thru the "pros" & "cons" of Alienware and Alienware ownership, I've come to the following conclusions that I just had to share with peeps that might understand my angst the most.
1) Yes, Alienware does seem to have a record of unsatisfied customers...
however, it seems that EVERY company has some kind of bad rep. To me, it doesn't seem logical to have 100% quality/satisfaction amongst the buying public. Statistically it just doesn't jive. Reseller ratings, CNET etc. etc. Can give you both Good and bad....take them both with a grain of salt.
2) Yes, Alienware does make flippin' flap-jackin', booty searin', eye blindin' fast systems. It seems that throughout their 10 year history, they've consistently brought out the cuttin' edge tech to the public. As with any new technology, there's bound to be some bugs & problems initially. So I have to keep the thought in the back of my mind that problems MAY occur.
(let's hope not though!) I just hope that I don't have to go through the customer service nightmare. But just in case, I looked over some tips and solutions that may help in that event.
3) No, it's not a prestige thing (well maybe a little) to own this beast. It's a tool (at least for me). A tool that I can impress the clients with and maybe even give a little "nah-nah- nana- nah!" under my breath to some fanboys who may be geeking over my lappy. And as with any tool, TAKE CARE OF IT AND IT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!! Meaning.... It's my belief that maybe %50 of the nay-sayers of AW probably didn't take care of it properly. No, I don't mean by abusing the crap out of it or using it as home plate or something..(that last little reference was to a game played outside called Baseball...
) But the simple stuff, like blowing the dust out of it.... keeping it ventilated and cool...etc. etc. But, again, just my opinion.
4) And finally...No matter what you do in life, there will always be people that are 100% for you and the same goes for the opposite. That's just the way we are as humans. So after all of the reading, reviews, blogs, forums and website research, it comes down to 1 thing. I like what the company produces, I hope I don't have any problems and no matter what, there WILL be something BIGGER
within a year or 2.
So I am at peace now with my decision. That night in December when I hit the "Order" button and almost instantaneously a huge knot formed in my stomach, is history. The phase game in FULL effect, and presently, that knot has been replaced with anxiousness and Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. To anyone who has bothered to even read this far, thank you. This post I think is more for my own benefit, just to be able to get all of these things off my chest. I'll definitely be back... I'll try to be one of those that actually DOES take some pics of the lappy and maybe even slap together a review of sorts. I promise my next post will be shorter. Excelsior! And always remember.... "Chaos is the Harbinger of change!"