Originally Posted by shazza
Come on, archalien ... don't be so sensitive. You have just as much right
to post in the AW section as anyone else. I just don't understand why you want to. You say you are an Alienware fan, yet I recall very few positive posts you've made towards Alienware products. I think you once owned an Alienware, but I can't remember. I've owned 3 Alienware computers ... and I've enjoyed them all. That doesn't give me more rights to post here, but it does give me a base to judge the company's products. While I would buy another Alienware, I'm not a raving fangirl.
Your comment that you like AW aesthetics is fine. I like Maserati aesthetics too, but last time I checked, I couldn't order just a body from their factory and fill it with my own parts. (okay, I didn't actually check, and just picked Maserati as an example).
And, btw, I received much attention as a child from two loving parents
(although I did get picked on mercilessly by my older brother - does that explain my inability to understand your point?)
You prolly dont remember b/c I was abducted/posting in AW section for a couple years b4 u joined, there is a very very short list of AW faithful who still drop by that pre-date me in AW section (Hammer's at the top of that list
) even with all my complaints- that fact that Im still here after SOOOO many have left and never returned should only attest to my love of the company/brand.
I struggled w/ the Maserati comparison abit, you almost had me reevaluate my position, then I realized why that comparison ultimately fails. With a Maserati, the whole thing is unique to the car/manufacturer. I couldnt put a Ferrari engine in it and still call it a Maserati even if it was a better engine. That is not the case here w/ AW, If I swap out the processor in an normal AW build to say a slightly faster one, I dont think anyone would argue- its still an AW!
Yes, I know from time to time, AW has offered all sorts of products, even desktops, with one-off parts that were only available in an AW, but for the most part, AW uses off the shelf (functional) parts that any other company can offer or I can buy myself.
So the car example doesnt really fit here, 90% (just a guess) of a Maserati is completely unique to that car, If Maserati sold the same car with a choice of Ford or Honda motors in it, I buy one and put a larger block Honda engine in it, would it still be a Maserati? I would say so.
The things that I like about AW are the things that make it unique, case, lighting, water-cooling, AW software. I can get everything else from any number of other companies (including superior American based Tech Support).
The things that make AW unique from other companies are what make it an AW, not that they assemble high end computers, or offer tech support, b/c lots of companies do that also, some better some worse.
If AW were to sell me all the things I listed as making it unique, and I put what ever the hell into it I wanted, Id still call it an AW. But I gotta hand it to ya Shaz, you almost had me for a sec!