I'm getting a new laptop for school and I wanna go all out, top of the line. I was looking for some suggestions. I want it to be fast, high end for gaming and one good for school purposes.
[COLOR=White]What do you guys think? [/COLOR]
18th November 2004
The Asus will definitely be a better value for your money, but the M17x has the potential to be a superior machine overall...but you will pay accordingly. If you have the money to spare, I would go with a maxed out M17x. On a limited budget, stick with the G73.
Why a 17"? If it's purely a screen size thing, that's grand, but bigger isn't always better with laptops. Bigger means less battery life, and it also means that if you want to play games at the laptop's native res, you're going to need more power. Just something to consider. With Alienware laptops, pretty much the only thing 17 gives you over 15 is dual HDD support.
The new M17x-R3 is nice. IF - and that's a very much unconfirmed if - a 485M option becomes available, I might look into one. At the minute though I'm looking into something smaller.
I've used the M17x-R1 as a notetaking-gaming-general college laptop before, and it's not the best. It's a gaming powerhouse, and will play pretty much anything you throw at it quite nicely, but it's not great in a lecture situtation. There usually just isn't enough deskspace for it, and it's generally a little unwieldy.
Having said all that, though I haven't seen it in person, the M17x-R3 uses a new "soft touch" body that AW have become very fond of. The dimensions of it are also closer to that of the M15x-R1, so it's a bit smaller than mine was. It's also thinner.
Of the two you've linked to there, I'd tend to go with the AW, if you can afford it. It's a better built laptop by all accounts and comes with a more robust warranty. Dell's great in that they're lazy as all hell and will pretty much replace anything, no questions asked.
Depending on when you're buying this, there's also the rumoured M14x, or M15x-R3 to consider. If you want absolute top of the line, there's also the - and I'll point out this is still very much "rumour mill" at this point - M18x.
You make some very interesting points. I agree with you on the 17" screen, it maybe a little big and unnecessary. But screen size, whether its small or large, is not an issue. The Asus one looks a lot more practical, rather than flashy like AW. IMO Asus has much better quality hardware, though I don't know what AW uses anymore I just remembered them before Dell came in when it was all about looks and lacking in quality.
As for price, it's not much of an issue and I don't really have a set limit. Even if the M18x is confirmed it maybe out of the picture as it probably wont be released for quite sometime and, like new release games, it takes a bit for them to work out the kinks and bugs of anything new, correct?
I'm a little confused when you talk about M17x R1 and R3, what is the difference?
Alienware before Dell were terribad. The R1 I had was the best built laptop I've ever used.
Right, the M17x: R1, revision 1, had Core 2 Duo/Quad processors, and manual graphic switching. It used the 260/280 SLI from NVIDIA. R2, used i7, as well as the 5870 I belive. The R3 is what you're looking at, using Sandy Bridge processors, and Optiums auto-switching graphics.
There's also the M15x-R1 and R2, though an R3 hasn't been announced yet, though I'm sure one will come, if it's not being replaced by the rumoured M14x.
As for when all this will arrive, no-one knows. Some say this month, some say June. Any time estimates on when you'll be buying this laptop?
And you're right about the kinks being worked out, but I wouldn't buy newer tech just because of possible kinks. My R1 has a few issues, but they were sorted inside of two months.
I'm trying to build the M17x on the Dell site to see what it would all come out to, but their site isn't working. It just continues to load when I try to click next from the CPU page. I'll have to check again later. If it's working for you, if you have time could you post me the price if you selected the best CPU, 8gb of RAM, best video card, W7 and 1TB HDD? Wireless card and DVD drive do not matter to me.
I'd like to buy one sometime this month, but it's not important or needed until September.
In that case I'd wait until the Summer definitely. There will be a bunch of new stuff out, from a lot of companies, and the existing stuff will go down quite a bit in price.
Price with highest CPU, GTX 460M (no 6970M oddly), 8GB RAM, 2x640GB HDD (no single 1TB option), 1080p display is 2.7k, plus tax. Dell.ca.
Odds are though that you can get that down to around 2.4k with haggling.
A mini review of my R1 I did a while back, if it helps. Linky
Yeah, I think waiting for the summer might be the best idea.
Thanks for all your help! If you don't mind I'll send you a PM and we can talk some more about anything new that's coming out.