after lurking in the forums for a while I decided to order an m5500 on 1/25. I actually had a macbook on order, but I decided to come back to the pc world after I realized the main reason I was buying the macbook, was for the ability to play pc games in the future. So, instead of waiting for the macbook to be hacked to play games, I ordered an Alienware. I have had the Area51 with the 2.4ghz desktop chip two years ago and had no problems with it, then switched to the 17in powerbook which I sold last month. I am hoping this machine will be able to fill my needs as engineer/designer/gamer and still be more portable.
I feel lucky to have just ordered it now and hopefully not have to wait so long now that the cases are in. There was a backorder on the 1600 screen, so I upgrade to the 1920x1200 screen. Should be pretty sick!
Currently in Phase 3. I'll call them on Monday and see what the real status is. The PR machine on the site was saying that it would ship on Feb 6th. Until then, I will be playing the phase game.