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Hey. I have narrowed down the laptops I am looking at buying. I need your assistance in picking out the best one.

1. Asus G73JH-X1.

Intel Core i7 720QM(1.60GHz)
17.3" 1920x1080 HD screen
8GB 1333MHz Memory
500GB HDD 7200rpm (with an open HD Drive bay for an SSD)
HD 5870

$800, shipped with a case


2. Dell XPS 15

Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73GHz
6GB DDR RAM/memory
500GB, 7200RPM Hard drive
nVidia 435m 2GB
15.6" B+RGLED 1080p Full HD (1920x1080 res) Screen
Intel Wireless 6200 802.11a/b/g/n
1yr Dell CompleteCare Accidental Damage-covered Warranty (upgraded from base 1yr. Warranty is good til 3/18/12)

$950, shipped.

3. Alienware M11X R1

Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300
8GB RAM
256GB SSD (not sure the make/model yet, waiting on reply)
Geforce 335M

Local pickup. I haggled him to $800.


4. Alienware M11X R2 (i7)

i7 640UM
4GB Ram
64GB Crucial SSD and 160Gb hd (I would upgrade these and sell the 64GB SSD)

$1000, shipped with messenger bag and hardshell case.


out of these laptops, which would you choose?

Thanks. I am buying later today.
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post #2 of 12
I have a G73, and I'm really happy with it (mind you I think mine is defective)... But mine is the Sandy Bridge version..
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post #3 of 12
G73 all the way, by far the best value for money.
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post #4 of 12
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I am not too concerned with value for the money, as I am concerned with longevity of the laptop. This is going to be my desktop replacement for at least 1.5 years.
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post #5 of 12
Asus for sure! Alienware and dell are one in the same and they are not too high in quality.
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post #6 of 12
Get the g73, and make sure you get the receipt and such in case it does need the warranty. Although if you're buying for longevity a sager is usually the best bet for a gaming laptop. Otherwise get the g73.
post #7 of 12
Asus FTW. Alienware has been junk since Dell bought them and Dell's quality really hasn't been there in years
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post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by s-x View Post
Get the g73, and make sure you get the receipt and such in case it does need the warranty. Although if you're buying for longevity a sager is usually the best bet for a gaming laptop. Otherwise get the g73.
Sager makes a great laptop for sure, but I have not seen any comparisons or tests at all for them that put them ahead of Asus in terms of reliability.
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post #9 of 12
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Well, it seems that it is unanimous. Asus it is.

Thanks you guys.
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post #10 of 12
I have had Dell laptops for years and have had no major problems. The few problems I did have were handled well by Dell's tech support.
I am also in the market for a new laptop. I will probably get a Dell again, but I am also looking at the sager.
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