nor can I
Nor can I resist getting in on this conversation.....
Here is the deal, I am a tech (Not a long time tech but none the less I've delt with Dell)
OK, after doing my homework being as I sell computers, buy computers and fix them all the time the fact is that you get what you pay for and if you want a real comparison and you want to know if Sager has ever been put in a magazine try this on for size.
The Sager 9860 is infact made by the same company that AW buys their AW Area-51m 7700s from and as is the Voodoo m:790.
Sager technicaly though not officially got reconition herehttp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1739894,00.asp
and many other places on the web were people rave about them
Now one of the only reasons that Dell gets as much attention as they do is because they spend millions in advertising. They are on over 60% of the web pages you see, on TV and billboards. They are everywhere because what sells better to the general public then saying, "We sell for less" when in actuality they don't, but you (The general public) don't know better being "Dell" is pounding your brain with all the adds.
The XPS for instance starts at 1,919 where as the Sager starts at 2595 from sagernotebook.com
Now you're saying, "yea, but look at the price difference!". Well let's look deeper......
The Dell's specs start with.......
512MB PC3200 SO-DIMM
128MB Radeon 9700
24X Cobmo Drive
60 Gig 5400RPM HD
15.4-inch Wide-Aspect WUXGA display
Bullet12-cell "Smart" Lithium Ion battery
BulletIntegrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
OK??? now the Sager being it is the same machine as AW and Voodoo but for a little less....
17.0" Wide Viewing Angles WSXGA+
512 MB PC4200 DDR2 (533MHz) memory
60.0 GB (7200rpm) Ultra DMA Hard Drives
8X DVD / 24X10X24 CD-RW Combo
12 Cell Smart Li-ION Battery
256MB DDR3 ATI Mobility Radeon X800
Lifetime Free Technical Support
OK, now, lets try to bring the XPS up to the Sager's base price by adding on what the Sager already has though keep in mind the Sager is using the new PCI Express chipset and not the 865 chipset (if that means athything to you)
Dell's bottorm processor is the 3.4 but they won't give you anything better then the 256MB Radeon 9800 vid card.
2,238 and all I did was add the 256MB 9800 Video Card and the 60GB 7200RPM HD cause they don't offer anything else
Now you might be thinking that with the 3.4 you'll go faster???
How much faster you going to go with a 3.4 CPU on a Radeon 9800 Video card then a 3.0 CPU with a Radeo X800 video card running on a PCI Express board running DDR2????.
You've got about twice the bandwith on the sager then you do the Dell!!!
Not to mention the 2nd HD and CD ROM that you can get with the Sager.
Bottom line, add 357 bucks and you'll blow that piecer out of the water!!!!
On top of that you really think Dell is going to give you superior support? think again buddy!!!
I just recently worked on a Dell that was bought July 17th of 2004 and had to have the OS reloaded due to a massive virus infection.
The customer did not have their restore disks so I called dell for them.. You know what they said??????????
"I'm sorry sir, this model has been discontinued and we no longer support the software for this device"
Yea, sad. Sad because the customer bought a 3 year warrantee on the thing and couldn't even order so much as the restore disks. Compaq atleaste keeps them on file.
But don't get me wrong, dell isn't impossible, if you tell that Indian to let you talk to an american and after about 3 hours on the phone, you'll get your restore disks when they come in the mail.
So tell me again why Dell is so great cause as far as I am conserned Wal-Mart and Dell are holding hands all the way taking people like you for suckers and walking home with big wads in their pockets cause they're selling the flimsiest peices of junk I've ever seen
BTW, if you ever get a desktop, don't try to change out the MB, the parts in dells are mostly propriatary.
So Sager, Alienware and Voodoo all the way baby, well tell they get to big for their own britches anyways....
PS, As to the onsite warrantee from Dell, expect the replacement part in the mail so you, being onsite can install it for them