I also posted this in the review section but I'll post it here too.
More to follow of home setup, visiting parents in PA right now so more pics won't do it justice yet( )
Alienware MJ-12 mobile system
Case: Alienware® Notebook Case with 15.4" WideSXGA+ 1680x1050 LCD Display - Cyborg Green
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor w/ HT Technology 3.2GHz 800MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
Memory: 1GB DDR PC-3200 at 400MHz - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
Video Card: Alienware® NVIDIA Quadro FX Go1000 Module with 128MB DDR
Sound Card: Integrated Sound-Blaster Pro Compatible 3D Audio
Hard Drive: Hitachi 60GB 7200 RPM ATA100 with 8MB Cache
Smart Bay One: 24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software
Ethernet NIC: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Wireless network: External Wireless 802.11a/b/g PCMCIA Card
The system came in the usual packing, was also accompanied by a small box which had my wireless card and the dc power converter for the car. Was amazed by the amount of papers and cds you get with Alienware systems. First boot up was no problem put all my info in. Put in the wireless card and boom I was on the internet with no problem at all. The amount of paperwork you receive with an Alienware computer is amazing you get a detailed sheet of your specs and every single driver and driver version that was installed on your computer.
-The construction of Alienware laptops are the best I have ever seen. In my opinion theses laptops are the best constructed laptops on the market.
-The keyboard has no flex at all, its very firm like a normal keyboard
-The screen is unbelievable the picture is great, playing DVDs looks very nice on the widescreen displays
-The sound and speakers are great I left the basic sound card that they give you because I didn’t want to hook up any external cards to the machine; the 3D sound is great with these speakers. The speakers are really loud which surprised me I didn’t think they would be that loud.
-Huge difference of performance in Maya compared to my desktop system with an AMD Barton, 1 gig of dual DDR and a Radeon 9800 Pro, which is my gaming machine
-SPEC ViewPerf 8.0 tests beat Dell’s M60 but were still lower then normal desktop workstations probably due to the fact of video memory
-3D Mark score was 2862 which isn’t great but this is a production video card not a gaming card but games still run great, check game section for details.
-UT2004, ran the game in 1680 x 1050 in its native resolution and the game looks and runs great with option on normal not high and no lag with 11 other bots in an onslaught match
-City of Heroes, game runs good in 1680 x 1050, there is a little lag here and there but nothing that would disturb your gameplay.
-Overall had no problems had playing games considering this is a Quadro card and not a 9700
-Watched Kill Bill for exactly one hour, with the wireless card in and was 45% batter power left. Which is not too bad considered all the power that was being used.
-Also I noticed the LCD doesn’t dim on battery power which I thought most laptops did but this one doesn’t which is cool but it definitely added to the drain.
-Machine without cooling gets warm and runs at about 65 degrees celcius and about the same using Maya for a little bit but with the Antec cooling pad it drops the temp. about 5 degress.
I used the Nvidia display options to find out temp.
-My lan card itself was having trouble with the drivers not being loaded properly even though the drivers were present, after half an hour or so I uninstalled the drivers restarted the machine and when it restarted it detected the card and then worked fine, wasn’t a big deal but will probably let Alienware know.
Alienware in my opinion is one the best PC manufactures out there, like any other company we all have had our problems with them at one point or another, but in the end when the machine gets delivered to you, you relize what kind of quality computer you just bought. Out of any computer I have ever owned up to this point Alienware is the best computers I’ve ever owned that I bought from a company. The only problem I had with Alienware was the wait for the Quadros coming in, which in way wasn’t their fault. Also I think that this computer will probably not stop amazing with its power and usability overall as a laptop.
Think I covered the major topics if anyone has any questions just post them or PM and I will be glad to answer them seeing as I am the only one with the Quadro card so far in this fourm or the internet for that matter.