Originally Posted by MrEvil
Fidget: Anybody with similar technology in their system is going to have to make it as thick to accomodate the cooling solution for newer GPUs. Not to mention the fact that the 1730 also has a Physics card in it as well. The SLI Alienware's aren't a whole lot thinner than that. I saw the one Alienware loaned to Dukefrukem at QuakeCon, and another owned by a friend of a friend who attended a local LAN here.
but the fact of the matter is that the alienware is still thinner. as well i can actually take the AW to a meeting and not have other people at work look at me like WTF is that thing. right now if i have to i can bring my m1710 and with the LED's turned off it is quite a passable business machine. the 1730 just cant do that with the RED.
i know it is different for everybody but to me the physics card isnt much of an addition. i do have to give kudos to dell for putting it in but its not that huge a thing since most games dont make use of that tech. so i need to question the logic if thats what caused it to be even thicker. i personally would rather have dropped it in favour of a decrease in thickness and a change in the LCD lid to something less garish.
i like dell and i was all for the next gen m1730 when i initially heard some of the specs, dell really did listen and try to go all out. but when it comes to the thickness and looks of the machine its really not looking good and thats unfortunately a deal breaker for me when i am going to make a purchase.