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My M11x had the hinge issue. The screen was so poorly aligned that I could fit my thumb in between the gap between my monitor and bottom chassis on one side, and could barely slip a piece of paper through on the other (like... between the part that houses the components and the LCD). I was stunned by the poor build quality when I received mine, especially considering I decked the thing out with extra ram, an SSD and an i7 processor. Shipped that piece of crap back the next week when I was finally able to speak to a customer service rep that didn't have a blatant "english isn't my first language" accent. I guess that's what I get for being a Canadian Alienware customer.
that stinks your m11x didn't work out for you. i had one when they were first released (su7300 cpu option only) and mine was great. one thing that went wrong with mine was the led light on the front, right side went out. alienware had a tech at my front door in two days to replace the entire panel and had it working like a charm in about 15 minutes. i ended up upgrading to the m17x because the m11x always felt sluggish in battlefield: bad company 2. other than that, i think they are truly amazing little laptops.
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Is this remedied by using a higher capacity power brick? I mean, is the flaw with the power brick itself not being able to deliver enough power, or some internal power-handling component isn't working properly?
The M17x's power adapter is already either 150w or 240w depending on how you order. The 280m's draw around 100w, although they've been known to draw a bit more under stress. That gives you 40w left over.

The Clevo x7200, which uses a desktop processor and supports the same graphic chips in SLI, has a 300w power adapter. Tests done using it have shown it'll get to around 350w before the brick actually cuts off for a moment, throttling the entire machine as it flies back onto battery.

I believe someone bridged two 300w adapters and had it drawing upwards of 450w before it became decently stable.

A bigger power adapter isn't a fix, though, as you've then got to get rid of a shazbot's worth of heat.
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Too bad it didn't throttle to 1337 mhz, they could have marketed it as a feature
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some on had to say it!!!!

something like this would NEVER happen back in the good ol days of Alienware!!!
Indeed

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Dell owns Alienware, but Alienware is still alienware. Nothing has changed.
orly? I doubt that. My M11x has a cheaper feel to it than my roommate's 6 year old 15" laptop (its some older model). I would contest that
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i own two alienware systems and have had almost no problems with either one at all. the only thing that bothers me is that sometimes on my m17x laptop, there are weird game glitches. and my guess is that it has everything to do with the fact that it is ati related. borderlands has patches of backgrounds that are solid blue. and bf:bc2, the screen will go black for a few seconds during gameplay. other than that, they have been perfect.

so for those of you don't own, or have ever owned an alienware since dell took over, please keep the trash-talking to yourself.
I have both of them right here, so, yes, I have had both old and new products in front of me
    
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orly? I doubt that. My M11x has a cheaper feel to it than my roommate's 6 year old 15" laptop (its some older model). I would contest that
YA RLY. Call Alienware.


Dell Bought them to OWN the,m. Alienware is successful as they are. Dell doesn't want to risk change having a negative side effect. And your new Laptop probably isn't as good, because it's newer. Companies have learned that if they make cheaper products, to a point, people buy laptops more often. And before you contest me more, Dell has always made some of the best laptops available on the market.
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The M17x's power adapter is already either 150w or 240w depending on how you order. The 280m's draw around 100w, although they've been known to draw a bit more under stress. That gives you 40w left over.

The Clevo x7200, which uses a desktop processor and supports the same graphic chips in SLI, has a 300w power adapter. Tests done using it have shown it'll get to around 350w before the brick actually cuts off for a moment, throttling the entire machine as it flies back onto battery.

I believe someone bridged two 300w adapters and had it drawing upwards of 450w before it became decently stable.

A bigger power adapter isn't a fix, though, as you've then got to get rid of a shazbot's worth of heat.
EACH 280m draws 100w?! Holy smokes! The power brick for my HP docking station at work is 240w--not that it uses that much, but I couldn't imagine how huge a higher-capacity one would be! And yeah, the heat associated with it...
    
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My brother has that exact same laptop - same SLI config and CPU. Admittedly, he doesn't play much on it, but I'll have to get him to check it out and see if he can reproduce the problem with his. Might have been a bad batch.
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I have an Asus ROG G73

Yes it's big yea it's heavy and yea it's power-hungry (plugged it in on a plane ride and when I started Metro 2033 it would trip the breaker lol)

But it's an amazing laptop for the price it plays anygame I throw at it with flying colors.

I got it at best buy for $1200
Intel core i7 740
Ati 5870m
6 gigs of ram

Also comes with another slot to run another Hdd/ssd for a raid 0 set up.

Also has separate coolers for the gpu and cpu with large exhaust vents that vent the heat to the back so it never gets hot on your lap even after hours of playing metro 2033

Best 1200 I ever spent on a laptop
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I have an Asus ROG G73

Yes it's big yea it's heavy and yea it's power-hungry (plugged it in on a plane ride and when I started Metro 2033 it would trip the breaker lol)

But it's an amazing laptop for the price it plays anygame I throw at it with flying colors.

I got it at best buy for $1200
Intel core i7 740
Ati 5870m
6 gigs of ram

Also comes with another slot to run another Hdd/ssd for a raid 0 set up.

Also has separate coolers for the gpu and cpu with large exhaust vents that vent the heat to the back so it never gets hot on your lap even after hours of playing metro 2033

Best 1200 I ever spent on a laptop
the g73 is an amazing laptop. if i had known i could get a refurbed one from either best buy or newegg for ~$800, i wouldn't have gotten my m17x. but, since my m17x was only $1100, it was too hard to pass up for how it came configured.
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I have an Asus ROG G73

...

But it's an amazing laptop for the price it plays anygame I throw at it with flying colors.

Best 1200 I ever spent on a laptop
"That is exactly what I am using now - I agree - the BEST cooling system I have ever seen in a laptop."

"Plus it isn't detectable on radar!"

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