Well, my wait wasn't that long. I orderd mine on the 6th of this month and should have it on Thursday. Not too bad considering the displays were on back order when I ordered. Most of the problems that you have probably been reading are concerning the random crash issues. I don't remember who posted it, but I remember reading that those problems were seeming to be only in the m5550 with the core duo procs, and not the core 2 duo systems. However, this may be wrong, but I would like to think that hopefully it is right. When I was deciding on a laptop (and this is my first), I was originally looking between dell and alienware(yes, I know they are owned by dell). I finally settled on alienware because of their reputation. Also, you won't read many "good" reviews, because when someone isn't having problems, they don't post. However, when someone has a problem, it is plastered everywhere. Your worries should be put to rest, just think on this. If parts for the M5550 were on back order, how many systems do you think they ship out a day?? Now out of those how many are actually on any kind of forum where you could read about a good/bad problem. I think the M5550 is going to be a fantastic platform. I am planning on posting review with pics within a day or so of recieving it, once I put it through it's paces. So if you can stand waiting a little longer, you can read my review. Also, there are some good reviews on this forum for the M5550. Check here:http://www.notebookforums.com/thread170584.htmlhttp://www.notebookforums.com/thread168623.htmlhttp://www.notebookforums.com/thread169624.html
Also, notebook review just did a review of the M5550 here: http://www.notebookreview.com/defaul...+Area+51+m5550
So check it out!