When it arrived, I was so excited, the first thing I did was give myself a really nasty papercut on the cardboard box LOL. Now that Ive had a while to use it, I'm very happy and a just a little
Very nice laptop, I was worried about the look of the 15.4" screen, but it looks really great! The whole thing seems to be of excellent quality: the frame doesnt flex at all, and the monitor flexes only slightly. I havnt found any flaws with it except the single pixel I mentioned earlier.
One thing I need to get used to is the wide screen aspect ratio. Some games dont support the 1680 x 1050 screen, so they have black bars on the sides. Doesnt bother me too much, but it is a little different. I probably would have gone wtoth the 16.1" screen if I had the extra 400 bucks to shell out, but I'm very happy with the 15.4" screen. Looks great, I know it looked smaller in some of the pics people posted, but it really isnt small at all. Its only about an inch shorter than the 16" but its a little wider too.
The speakers (4 of 'em!
) are pretty nice for being on a laptop. They were another concern of mine, because Ive seen some really crummy speakers before, but these are decent quality, though they dont have loud bass.
The black grips on the cover arn't rubber as I thought they'd be, they're some kind of metal with non slip black paint on them. Much better looking and feeling than rubber in my oppinion. Case is some kind of metal alloy (I think alienware said it was some kinda magnesium alloy didnt they?) and it feels sturdy and tough.
Touch pad is ok,though I prefer a mouse (Im gonna buy a USB mouse next chance I get). The scroll feature is convenient to have because trying to double click and drag a scroll bar is kinda tough on a touchpad.
The thing is lightning fast compared to my old 1.8 Ghz *coughDELLcough*. Starts up, logs on and installs really fast with a 7200 rpm HDD and 3.0 Ghz procesor. It takes just moments from start up, to being logged on and ready to go.
The keyboard is really nice too. I like it better than my desktop keyboard except that it doesnt have a seperate # pad (its integrated with the othere keys using num. lock). Typing is really nice, its sturdy and doesnt flex either, (and makes a nice sounding subtle click click click when you press the keys.
I'm not sure but I think it might have gigabit LAN capability. I thought it was 10/100 but it might be one gig. (havnt checked for sure yet)
As Im sure youve heard, the battery life isnt great, but it does charge rather quickly when plugged in. The whole thing weighs about 8-9 lbs (with battery) so its kinda heavy to lug around with you everywhere, But I like the feel of it. I relate the weight with the quality, its well built and powerful.
The alien eyes are cool too, theyre green when its plugged in, blue when you run on battery, and red when its sleeping. Someone had a pic of all 3 on together but I havnt seen that yet, I dont know what mode theyrs was in.
Over all its a really well built, quality machine. When they say "desktop raplacement" they mean it. Its sturdy, powerful, and sleek looking. I think it was a good choice and so far Im happy with it.
Ill try to get some pics up later (need to get out the new digital camera and learn how to work it.)
Feel free to ask any questions about it, Ill post as often as I can.
Saucer Silver 15.4" | 3.0 Ghz | 512 Mb pc 3200 ram | Radion Mobility 9600 | 60 GB 7200 rpm HDD