Originally Posted by xapache
I would consider myself one of the most investigative people that I know.
I looked at everything....Nothing came close to the performance that I wanted...except the Area 51m.
Let's just say my expectations were very high.
I have now had the laptop for 1 week and I am very happy with it. No regrets. A friend of mine has the top of line Dell and side by side comparisons yields only regret on his part. Not just performance but asthetics of the machine.
So good luck in your decision. You're crazy not to order it. "Dude, don't buy a Dell"
Warranty: 2-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Onsite Service
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2
Desktop Enhancements: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager
AlienRespawn: Alienware® Respawn Recovery Kit
Case: Area-51m Case with 15.4" WideSXGA+ 1680x1050 LCD Display - Conspiracy Blue
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor w/ HT Technology 3.4GHz 800MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
Motherboard: SiS648FX + SiS963L AGP8X Chipset
Memory: 1GB DDR PC-3200 at 400MHz - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
Video Card: Area-51m ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9700 Module with 128MB DDR and Half-Life 2 Coupon Bundle
Sound Card: Sound-Blaster Pro Compatible 3D Audio
Hard Drive: Hitachi 60GB 7200 RPM ATA100 with 8MB Cache
Smart Bay One: 4x2x8x DVD+/-RW / 16x10x24x CD-RW Combo w/Software
Ethernet NIC: Integrated 10/1000Mb Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Modem: 56K Modem with V.92 Technology
Remote Control: Area-51m Multi-function Infrared Remote control
It does not make sense...
Dell 'top of the line':
1. Dual channel ram
2. ATI 9800
3. 3.4EE processor
AW has none of these options and the benchmarks on the Dell were higher even when they were compared apples to apples.
My company owns an AW and a 'top of the line' Dell and the FACT's show that the Dell kicks AW's A$$ with performance. The AW just looks 'a little' better.