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Alienware laptops

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8:18 pm on Dec 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am considering buying the Alienware Sentia. I don't know anyone that has experience with alienware stuff. Are their laptops reliable?
9:57 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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They don't make their own laptops AFAIK. They buy in shells, just like everyone else. Then the modify/brand those as Alienware. With any make it's important to do some research into the quality of the company's aftersales. There are several customer feedback sites and other resources online. Checking out a supplier in some detail can save hassles later.
5:01 pm on Dec 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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As I am not a gamer, i have never messed with them but I have a good friend who owns a chain of video game stores and he swears by them....
5:07 pm on Dec 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hmm...I know they make some pretty good desktop gaming machines, but I just wouldn't buy a laptop gaming machine. If you want a laptop, get a laptop, if you want a gaming machine, get a desktop.
6:50 pm on Dec 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have an alienware area51m and have not been happy with it.

They sent me one with a bad motherboard and I had to send it back to get repaired (they would not send me a new one) -so I ended up spending top dollar for a month old laptop.

And now it crashes about once a week. Also the wireless card I bought was not compatible.

But when it works it is bad ass.

The Sentia may not have as many problems. I don't know.

8:17 pm on Dec 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

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From the experiences I've had with Alienware laptops (the one they used to have at the best buy store in town) They do not seem very reliable, every time I went in there I would notice that explorer wasn't running. (though since that laptop was in a public place it was probably heavily abused.) I also have a friend who has an alienware desktop, and has had nothing but problems with it since he got it. When they work they are awesome, but all the experiences I've had, you should just get a Dell.. the XPS is very nice and runs about the same price, and the laptop with the Pentium M chip will allow you to go up to a 128 meg video card, where as last time I checked alienware (two weeks ago) the highest graphics card you could get with their laptop with the Pentinum M, was a 64 meg. Dell however, will charge you about twice as much as alienware for ram, 2 gigs being 600 bucks on alienware, and 1200 on dell. (last I checked.