Originally Posted by booga
Dude - saw the subject of the thread and I figured the pictures are in the thread - already.
Buzz-kill, bruddah! You are going to have to redeem yourself for this one.
I finnally got the laptop in and Imediately signed the fedex thing and ran inside. I had ordered an extra battery with my laptop so i could go to class all day and not worry about finding somewhere to plug in. The battery was shipped in another box, but arrived the same time the laptop did. The box was dented to shit, but the battery was fine because AW used so many damned packing peanuts. No complaints there.
I opered the big box carefully and I see the mousepad, the binder, the manual and the utility cd's. The mousepad was free so i thought that it would come just tossed in the box. No. It was in it's own aluminum tin with extra padding on the inside. Very nice pad. It is reversible from a semi-rough side to a smooth side and it sits on it's own rubber base to ensure no slipping. The "Custom Binder" was rather dissapointing. It was just a black three- ring binder with about 50 pages of stuff that does not really help you in any way. It does not even have any logos on the outside and it is not very me specific, like they said was to be. The trouble-shooting section just said Call AW if it breaks. The Manual is kinda nice. It goes through step by step what to do to install new components and edit the bios settings. And it has a pretty picture on the front
I set this stuff aside and remove a cardbard divider and I see a nice heavy-duty card board box suspended inthe outer box by four high-quality foam pads. I pull that box out and set it on the floor. When I open it, the laptop is supended by foam and covered in thick plastic bags. There is also another box with things like the power cords, more utility cd's and that weird black box: the power conditioner.
At this point, I am about to pee my pants I am so excited. So I plug in the batter ( very easy to do) and put the power cord in the back. The power button is kinda stiff, but i guess that is good. It is also really bright when the computer is turned on. The display is very very very nice. The laquer that they put in the surface does wonders. My buddy's toshiba lacks the laquer and when placed right next to it, the AW is by far better. When I finally got windows configured and the desktop loaded, I noticed that the colors were slightly off and the display was kind fuzzy, but that was fixed by right-clicking on the desktop and changing the color and resolution to high color and the highest resolution. Ther was also a dead pixel on the screen, but since the AW policy on dead pixels won't help me, I will live with it. Besides, with the background from the AlienGUIse, you can't even see it.
There were a lot of complaints on these forums about the touchpad being wacky. Not in my case. it works fine, well, as good as any thouch pad should.
Before I recieved the notebook I downloaded a bunch of install files to my desktop. I tried to get on my wireless network, but had problems. The laptop would recognize the network, but would not be able to connect for some reason. I tried a few different configurations on both the router and the laptop and finally found a solution. It was not the laptop's fault and the network connection has not faultered since. I am very satisfied by the integrated network card and it beats having a big PCMCIA card sticking out the side of this thin notebook.
So, I began installing all the programs. IronCAD, Trillian, McAffee, FlashFXP, Call of Duty, VB.NET, ThunderBird, FireFox, WinAmp, MS Office, and Adaware. After all that, the laptop was a little warm, but not hot and it was still running silent. I checked the bios after that and it was running in turbo mode or whatever.
Last night I finished a VB project while sitting in bed and the laptop performed wonderfully without the cables connected. The screen size is not really much of a factor. True, it is small, but with the high resolution enabled everything fits perfect and it is not too small.
Well, this is it for now. I am going to campus today to eat lunch and check out the speeds of the wireless there. When I think of something else and get some pictures, I will post again.
Alright. I am sitting in the basement of the student union here at Purdue University and The wireless is working perfectly. It is only running at 11Mbps, Which is 802.11b standard, but I thought we had g here at PU. Guess not. For some reason, the battery life is not too great right now. I have turned the computer on and off a few times, the brightness is at the highest setting, and I am running trillian, McAffee, Firefox, and the wireless is on. It has been on for aabout an hour and a half now and is at about 60%. People are deffinately giving me looks. I think it has something to do with the alieneyes on the front. I will get a good picture of those up here when I get back to my apartment. I have just one minor problem so far. it really isn't anything to complain about, but I guess I am just like that. The placement of the dvd drive is kinda funny. I keep hitting it with my hand when I pick the laptop up and it kinda makes a weird clicking sound. I don't know where else you would put the dvd drive to fix this, so it really doesn't qualify as a problem.
I read on the forums that people were having problems with the wireless card.
I am not having problems with it at all. That thing I mentioned up there^ was my fault.
I also read that people were having problems with the space bar. The Keyboard is the best keyboard I have ever used beside the location of the Ctrl key (easy to press Fn instead of Ctrl) and he space bar works if you even breathe on it.
The boundry of the touch pad is not very pronounced so it is easy to think that you are on the touchpad when you are not, but again, i think that that is something that I will just have to get used to.
I have noticed that the speed of the machine itself is faster than my desktop which has a pentium 4 2.0Ghz with 384Mb Ram. The Centrino really suprised me with it's speed and power consumption.
The Power DVD Function SEEMS to work perfectly with no partition errors on startup or anything else and the picture quality is great. My pictures do not give the screen justice.
I forgot earlier. Here are my specs:
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2
Processor: Intel® Pentium® M 725 1.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache 400MHZ FSB
Wireless Network: Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 Network Connection
Memory: 512MB DDR PC-2700 at 333MHz - 2x256 SO-DIMMs
Hard Drive: 40GB 5400 RPM ATA100
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Pro Compatible 5.1 Digital Audio
Smart Bay One: 6X Dual Layer DVD+/-RW / 24X CD-RW Combo w/Software
Additional Battery: Sentia 12.1" Primary Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack
Desktop Enhancements: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager
Free Alienware Mousepad: Free Alienware® Mousepad