Originally Posted by Azruial
I'm in the market for a high-end laptop and I'm comparing different companies. Really it's Dell or Alienware. I just want to know what Dell users think the best things and worst things are about their Dell laptops. I'm looking in the $3000 range at the XPS notebooks.
Thanks in advance for anything you have to contribute,
I have spent the past month researching a high end mobile gaming solution. I have looked at Sager, Dell, Alienware, HP, Acer, Toshiba, IBM to name but a few. In the end, I didnt choose the Dell 1710 over the Sager 5950 (SLi solution) because of Dell, so much as I looked at my requirements and the Dell solution wins at this point in time.
I have owned a Dell laptop and PC. I have not been impressed with the regular support for Dell. But the XPS series apparently gets dedicated support (not based off-shore). So we shall see.
Alienware does desktop components very well, but tends to scimp on the graphics when it comes to mobile CPUs etc. Great if you want an FX60 and 7800 GTX burning your balls off, but not so great if you want a laptop to not fry your eggs, or run out of power in 1.5 hours.
Sager is a classy brand based on the Clevo models. The 5950 is the first SLi 7800 GTX mobile solution. However, its ETA has already been shifted from Mar 31 to Mid April without a firm date. Soooo, given I want a laptop today...
I chose the 1710 because I was lucky to be able to make my decision today. It's ability to upgrade to 64 bit processing, the 7900 GTX, AND 4GB of RAM available now make it a future proofed laptop. However, dont go for more than 2GB of RAM until Vista comes out and you upgrade. It will save you money and would be wasted today.
Is there a clear winner? No.
But if you want 2.5 hours of battery, low noise (I have seen a review with the 5950 alongside the 1710 and they commented about how much quieter the Dell was), and can accept the Intel architecture, then the 1710 is a solid choice.