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I would rather configure and assemble a Desktop configuration for a fraction of the price of this overpriced 'Alienware' brandname. If I was to invest in a laptop I would consider a Toshiba or an Asus laptop.
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I would rather configure and assemble a Desktop configuration for a fraction of the price of this overpriced 'Alienware' brandname. If I was to invest in a laptop I would consider a Toshiba or an Asus laptop.
I'd like to see you assemble a desktop that can be packed up in a package as small as this.
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wait what? what kind of a chip is this? I have not heard about any mobile extreme chips and I find it hard to believe that it's the full fledged desktop variant. I've seen one laptop that had a normal i7 980X and it was like 7-10cm thick...
They have been doing it for awhile....

But the notebooks are massive and get 30 minutes of use of a 7-cell battery. The battery is more for a protection when the power goes out so you have enough time to save whatever you're doing.
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I really dont get the point of gaming laptops. I get it that you can play in different locations if you go some place but 90% of the time games that you keep playing like COD, SC2, WOW dont need suck a laptop to play.
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I'd like to see you assemble a desktop that can be packed up in a package as small as this.
*cough* Mini-ITX *cough*
    
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I really dont get the point of gaming laptops. I get it that you can play in different locations if you go some place but 90% of the time games that you keep playing like COD, SC2, WOW dont need suck a laptop to play.
They're much more convenient than having to carry a desktop if you want to play at other places. However, there IS a time when it's just as inconvenient or just ridiculous. I think laptops like these are when you get there. The chassis on this thing is WAY too big, the battery will only last around 30 minutes or an hour, and you can make a Mini-ITX desktop that is much more powerful for a lower price and still get something that's portable. I get gaming laptops as long as they try more to be laptops rather than simply gaming.

For example, my Asus G60VX has a 16" screen rather than an 18.4" screen, is MUCH smaller, should weigh 3-4 pounds less, and (IMO) looks much better. Yes, it has a slower CPU and GPU, but it also works much better as a normal laptop. Also, it cost me $650.
    
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*cough* Mini-ITX *cough*
Prove him wrong. Go design a mini-ITX system that'll have a 18.4"-19" display at 1920x1080, a keyboard (backlit and number pad), touchpad, decent sound system, power supply, webcam, and make it all fit inside the same (or smaller) profile the MX18 takes up. Then re-sell it and make millions.

I'll make sure to not hold my breathe, though.

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I really dont get the point of gaming laptops. I get it that you can play in different locations if you go some place but 90% of the time games that you keep playing like COD, SC2, WOW dont need suck a laptop to play.
I don't understand how you seem to think that the games people are going to be playing nine tenths of the time are the same as what you play in as much. Besides that, some of us have more than one location we are stationed at, which means we'd either need two desktops, or a decent laptop. The desktops normally come out to costing more in parts/power/time wasted (syncing files that are required between both locations, setting up the second system after setting up the first, etc). And that's only in relation to two locations. Some people, such as myself, not only have two locations, but routinely go on site with clients and need to have access to their entire workstation.

Besides gaming, though, which is a lovely part of the system, the large screen gives you ample workspace and the speedy processor gives you a multitasking machine, for those of us that run a lot of things at once.

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They're much more convenient than having to carry a desktop if you want to play at other places. However, there IS a time when it's just as inconvenient or just ridiculous. I think laptops like these are when you get there. The chassis on this thing is WAY too big, the battery will only last around 30 minutes or an hour, and you can make a Mini-ITX desktop that is much more powerful for a lower price and still get something that's portable. I get gaming laptops as long as they try more to be laptops rather than simply gaming.

For example, my Asus G60VX has a 16" screen rather than an 18.4" screen, is MUCH smaller, should weigh 3-4 pounds less, and (IMO) looks much better. Yes, it has a slower CPU and GPU, but it also works much better as a normal laptop. Also, it cost me $650.
How is it "way" too big? Seventeen inches is a bit too small for a screen, considering a normal sitting distance, at 1920x1200. A eighteen point four inch display should be perfect, accounting for 1920x1080. Besides that, the battery life on the MX17r3 is upwards of two hours (I've heard of people getting four) on the integrated graphics. I have no idea, personally, why you'd be expecting a desktop replacement to get good battery life, nor why you'd even be wanting to use it for anything that would REQUIRE good battery life.

A sixteen inch screen would be MUCH too small, and I use a backpack to carry my desktop replacement which means I'm no where near as limited in weight as I would be if I was, for example, carrying it on a belly button piercing as most people seem to think they will in regards to weight.

Oh, and how long will your little laptop be able to play most recent games? A year? Two at most? You'll get four to five years of usable gaming lifetime out of most desktop replacement laptops, and that's dealing with latest games at medium or above quality. Good luck with that on your laptop, mate!

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On topic, I'm going to be in the market for a new desktop replacement laptop soon, so this is good news indeed. I hope they go back to using desktop CPUs as they're much easier to upgrade and replace (part sourcing wise), and, in reality, the desktop replacement's battery is a UPS normally (although the MX17r3s are getting pretty good battery life with switchable graphics, so who knows, eh?).
Edited by Guswut - 4/12/11 at 5:09pm
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Gaming laptops never cease to amuse me. Buy a $1000 laptop with a decent GPU and build a $1500 desktop with CF 6950s instead of spending $3000+. That setup will rape any laptop currently configurable at this time, both in terms of portability and gaming performance.
    
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Prove him wrong. Go design a mini-ITX system that'll have a 18.4"-19" display at 1920x1080, a keyboard (backlit and number pad), touchpad, decent sound system, power supply, webcam, and make it all fit inside the same (or smaller) profile the MX18 takes up. Then re-sell it and make millions.

I'll make sure to not hold my breathe, though.

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On topic, I'm going to be in the market for a new desktop replacement laptop soon, so this is good news indeed. I hope they go back to using desktop CPUs as they're much easier to upgrade and replace (part sourcing wise), and, in reality, the desktop replacement's battery is a UPS normally (although the MX17r3s are getting pretty good battery life with switchable graphics, so who knows, eh?).
Apart from the fact that there's no point in doing what you just said. If you wanna game at a LAN party, there's probably monitors there already in place. If you wanna game at a friend's house, you connect it to the TV. There's simply no point in this laptop; I wouldn't even call it a laptop at all.
    
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