Well, after reading a slew of reviews including the opinions of many here, I took the plunge and ordered my first Alienware system today! Heres the skinny:
I know I know...its not the uber-leet system that many people here have ordered...but Im using it for class and not as a gaming rig. Besides, I can always upgrade it if I need to. Why Alienware then, you ask? Well, I had a Gateway before. I got it at the time because Gateway had local stores that you could walk in to an talk to a real live person. After they closed those, their customer service went in the shitter and my laptop (which SHOULD have qualified for the lemon policy) spend about 1/3 of its time being fixed. I swore I would never get another Gateway product. For about a year I have had nothing but my desktop. I built it...I maintain it...and its as solid as a rock. Now I have to have a laptop for class (a requirement for my major), and it cant be some $400 junker from Best Buy (requirements). After pricing laptops from several companies (including dell, toshiba, and Gateway for shits and giggles), I chose Alienware. The funny thing to me was that it was actually a bit cheaper for the AW than the Dell (similarly configured) because Dell is based here in TN and I would have to pay 9.25% sales tax on it !!1! The only thing I dont have is ADP, which would be nice, but AW doesnt offer. So yeah...its in phase three as of right now, and my expected ship date is the 14th! I cant wait for everyone to be jealous of my glowing alien head when I take it to class! Im stoked!
| Sentia™ m3450 Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2300 1.66GHz 2MB Cache 667MHz FSB Operating System (Office software not included): Genuine Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2 Display: Alienware® Sentia m3450 with 14" WideXGA 1280 x 768 LCD with Webcam Motherboard: Alienware® Intel® 945GM + ICH7 Chipset Memory: 512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz - 2 x 256MB Hard Drive: 120GB Serial ATA 1.5Gb/s 5,400 RPM w/ NCQ & 8MB Cache Primary CD ROM/DVD ROM: 24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software MPEG2 Decoder Video/Graphics Card: Intel® GMA 950 Extreme Graphics Sound Card: Intel® 7.1 High-Definition Audio Wireless Network Card: Internal Intel® PRO Wireless 3945 a/b/g Mini-Card Communications: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet & 56K V.92 Modem Power: Additional Battery - Alienware® m3450 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery Warranty: 2-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support w/ Onsite Service Productivity Software: Microsoft® Works 8 Productivity Suite Desktop Enhancements: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager|