Originally Posted by Hammerhead
I suppose I should be more careful with my qualifying statements. I don't own a laptop, just desktops from Alienware. I'm aware of the issues you mentioned with the laptops, as well as the performance of the systems despite these issues.
Alienware has chosen a path with their chassis, components, and manufacturing partners that currently appears to put them at a disadvantage in some areas, but like everything in the computer industry that won't last long. I'm sure the 9700 drop in module will be out soon, and I'm also sure that Alienware has their reasons for still using the chipset that only uses single channel memory. I have little doubt that situation will change soon.
I agree, i think it won't be long before the suits in AW's corporate offices come to realize that as the world becomes more "mobile", they will need to apply the same philosophical approach to building a top notch machine to their laptops as they do to their desktops. The top end laptop market is only growing and there aren't as many competitors (especially from mass market companies- with the exception of dell) in this area as there are in the desktop world and to make it even more appealing, you don't have individuals with computer know how (such as AW seems to attract) who are really willing or able to build their own top end laptops, whereas you have quite a few people out there who opt to build their own top end desktops using individual top of the line components in lieu of getting an alienware desktop. So i would imagine a top end laptop from AW is a much easier sell to an individual bent on buying a top of the line gaming laptop. But i say that for those individuals, the most likely first stop is AW, and after further research, they may wind up going elsewhere due to AW's lack of staying current with laptop technology.
I just recently purchased a dell xps notebook (no sighs, or eye rolling, shaking of the head or fist, and certainly no apologies please ) to use primarily for gaming. However I was set on getting an AW area 51m, but when i looked at the lack of features of the 51m compared to the xps or even sager, i couldn't justify getting it, even though the 51m was the prettiest of the bunch. Maybe if she came with a skirt on, i may have been swayed But the point is, i wanted the 51m, if only it was on par with the xps, the cost didn't matter to me, cause i had the money (a testiment to AW's marketing campaigns and the perception that they've created). In fact, I had budgeted a certain amount of money to purchase a gaming laptop using the 51m as the baseline and since i wound up going with the xps, i have a bunch of cash left over that i will probably apply towards building a mid-range amd based gaming desktop that would still be able to blow away any top of the line gaming notebook currently in production and would be more "upgradeable" than any notebook computer.
But as you said, it is only a matter of time before AW catches up to the competition