Originally Posted by Scott123
You miss my point. Ask any corporate company or school if they provide Alianware notebooks to their staff, I think you already know the answer. If you use your notebook like I do, and it was an Alianware, I don't think it would hold up very well, additionally it wouldn't be any faster.
Psst...corporate or schools won't provide Alienware notebooks to their staff 'cause they're more expensive, period. Not because they won't live up to the necessities of the job.
On weight, I went through law school with my (crap) laptop and honestly that's all you need. You rarely if ever open a book in class (you do that at home, in class it's question time or note taking time) Those things that you need
(like Penal Code, Civil Code if applicable, Constitution, other laws) are available for download and can be put on your computer. You can even buy annotated laws on CD, all available on your computer which you can then copy-paste extracts of into your notes. Come exam time I just typed up an index, printed and bound my notes and voilà, that's it!
Why am I saying this? 'Cause your notebook, be it an ultra-portable 2 pounder or a 12 pound DTR, replaces the need to carry two or three big volumes anyway...Oh, I'm also saying that if my crap laptop can do it, an A-51m can certainly do it as well.
If you really feel you need portability I'd consider buying a pocketPC with bluetooth to use at school/work in the field in addition to the DTR. A pocketPC with a foldable keyboard can be used in class/board room with no problems...I've seen students take their notes on their Palm pilots to later edit at home while I was studying. Add wireless and if your DTR (or desktop) is connected at home then you can even access your computer from class or work (if you've a wireless router there). If your work is CPU intensive then an Alienware can probably do the job just fine as will the other big-rig computers.
Anyhoo, that said, I'm among the ones who'll never buy an Alienware because of their crap (or at the very least, not excellent) tech support/consumer care. So I'm not an AW nut, I just don't agree with you.