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Wish AW start making there Laptops with
Wide screen & USB 3.0
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alright fellas sorry to interrupt this whole alienware lovefest, but i wanna get in on some of this.

i'm dumping my macbook (which i am scoring $500 for a 3 year old model, sweet) and looking into the m11x.

obviously i need battery life, but this mac just has limitations when it comes to gaming. and by limitations i mean if it came out within the last 2 years i can't play it. i stumbled across the m11x and it looks like just what the doctor ordered. i have a desktop so i don't need a desktop replacement with a half hour battery life, but i want to be able to play some newish games.

anyway, i'm basically sold on this thing. my question is, did anyone get it from best buy or did everyone order it direct from alienware?

the best buy deal just looks too good. i mean i want the nameplate on the bottom, but i just don't think it's worth $100 extra.

they carry them in a store close to where i live, so when i get back from japan i'm going to look at one to see if i can handle the 11" screen, but i want to make sure there isn't something big i'm missing from not ordering it direct.
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Wish AW start making there Laptops with
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They are wide screen, mine is a 1920x1080 display. I agree with you on the subject of USB 3.0, but they would need to rebuild their motherboards and BIOS to support it. I would be surprised if the next generation of Alienwares don't have USB 3.0!

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alright fellas sorry to interrupt this whole alienware lovefest, but i wanna get in on some of this.

i'm dumping my macbook (which i am scoring $500 for a 3 year old model, sweet) and looking into the m11x.

obviously i need battery life, but this mac just has limitations when it comes to gaming. and by limitations i mean if it came out within the last 2 years i can't play it. i stumbled across the m11x and it looks like just what the doctor ordered. i have a desktop so i don't need a desktop replacement with a half hour battery life, but i want to be able to play some newish games.

anyway, i'm basically sold on this thing. my question is, did anyone get it from best buy or did everyone order it direct from alienware?

the best buy deal just looks too good. i mean i want the nameplate on the bottom, but i just don't think it's worth $100 extra.

they carry them in a store close to where i live, so when i get back from japan i'm going to look at one to see if i can handle the 11" screen, but i want to make sure there isn't something big i'm missing from not ordering it direct.
Could you list the specs of the one being offered at Best Buy?

For gaming and HD video playback I would recommend getting the upgraded CPU (SU4100 - SU7300), the clocks speeds are both 1.3GHz but the SU7300 has an extra 1MB cache. I would also upgrade the memory from 2GB to 4GB and up the hard drive from 160GB to 250GB. You also need to take into account the fact that the M11x does NOT come with a BD/DVD/CD optical drive.

This is the configuration I would get directly from Dell/Alienware:


If the 160GB hard drive is large enough for you you can save a few bucks, but I personally find that I need around 100GB just for my OS and commonly used programs.
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post #44 of 671
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Originally Posted by tiger187126 View Post
alright fellas sorry to interrupt this whole alienware lovefest, but i wanna get in on some of this.

i'm dumping my macbook (which i am scoring $500 for a 3 year old model, sweet) and looking into the m11x.

obviously i need battery life, but this mac just has limitations when it comes to gaming. and by limitations i mean if it came out within the last 2 years i can't play it. i stumbled across the m11x and it looks like just what the doctor ordered. i have a desktop so i don't need a desktop replacement with a half hour battery life, but i want to be able to play some newish games.

anyway, i'm basically sold on this thing. my question is, did anyone get it from best buy or did everyone order it direct from alienware?

the best buy deal just looks too good. i mean i want the nameplate on the bottom, but i just don't think it's worth $100 extra.

they carry them in a store close to where i live, so when i get back from japan i'm going to look at one to see if i can handle the 11" screen, but i want to make sure there isn't something big i'm missing from not ordering it direct.
I bought mine off Alienware site, got all stock except the CPU, upgraded to the SU7300.
For the RAM, in Canada it's a 100$ for 4gb upgrade, I can get 4gb for less than that as separate... and still keep the 2gb. Mentionning also that I don't need 4gb that much.
I left the stock Hard drive, planned to get an SSD and now that I'm done with school I'll be buying one (120gb minimum) so upgrading to a higher end model would be wasting money.
Also it's 11.6 inches, which is almost 12, so it's big enough
Battery life is real (as advertised) and my girlfriend is coming from a mid 2007 13.3 macbook and she loves my alienware (she even broke her mac so she could use mine more often...)
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@freelancer, that is the exact setup that best buy is selling for $899. so it saves you $100 but you don't get the plate. i mean the price difference is because best buy ordered a ton of that specific setup so alienware doesn't have to custom build it, therefore it's cheaper. but $100 off i don't think i can beat.

@shnur, your gf has the same comp i have right now, so that sounds good, thanks for the info.
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@freelancer, that is the exact setup that best buy is selling for $899. so it saves you $100 but you don't get the plate. i mean the price difference is because best buy ordered a ton of that specific setup so alienware doesn't have to custom build it, therefore it's cheaper. but $100 off i don't think i can beat.

@shnur, your gf has the same comp i have right now, so that sounds good, thanks for the info.
For the 900$, go for it! Like I said, US prices are good, Canada sucks for laptops...

And those mac's are just trouble as far as I worked with it... first the plastic around the screen is falling off, the plastic border around the keyboard fell off last year, the hard drive failed (sounds like a ticking retard iBomb...) and the Intel GMA 950 graphics is the biggest POS I've ever encountered in my life, the fans are funny because they like being at 1k rpm and when the CPU hits 80C it goes to 6k RPM and it's like a takeoff jet... gets stuck like that and you will probably have a second level burn on your laps.
The latest issue is that since I changed the hard drive the system wouldn't boot anymore, took out the ram, somehow there was some thermal paste on the connector
Removed that, the mac booted! Yay!
Now it crashes from time to time, doesn't go to sleep mode and is just sitting in the corner... enough!

/rant
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If it's the same setup you should definitely go for it! Like shnur I'm in Canada so I got some really ****ty pricing on my laptop, I could of built a better M15x for $2,500 USD and it would of still been cheaper than the $2,700 CAD I payed for mine by the time I got it across the border. That said, I can always upgrade the CPU myself whenever I want.
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They are wide screen, mine is a 1920x1080 display. I agree with you on the subject of USB 3.0, but they would need to rebuild their motherboards and BIOS to support it. I would be surprised if the next generation of Alienwares don't have USB 3.0!

next generation of Alienwares
that means nothing this year
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It's not like there is an abundance of USB 3.0 peripherals avilable anyways, show me one product that actually shows any kind of benefit using USB 3.0 besides storage devices (so no thumb/flash drives or external hard drives).

Exactly
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I am going to post up some pics of mine soon, to anyone getting the M11x I recommend getting the tablet case, it was designed for the M11x and has a mesh vent in the bottom so you can use the laptop while it is in the case.
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