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Alternatives to the Alienware M15x

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July 13, 2010 12:32:33 AM

Here is some info that may be helpful,

I am going to college for graphic communication and will be using programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and 3D Studio Max, as well as editing movies.

I really like the looks of Alienware's M15x notebook, but am always open to good alternatives.

Fore me:

Core i5 or better is a must.

A dedicated videocard is a must too.

At lease 4GB RAM.

Hard Drive space doesn't matter since I already have a 2TB external one.

For screen resolution, the higher the better, but what is more important is the contrast/brightness and color accuracy since I will be doing photo editing.

What are some alternatives to the M15x that you would recommend? If possible I would like to keep the price $1200 or less.

Also backlit keys if possible would be awesome.

Thanks!

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a c 244 D Laptop
July 13, 2010 10:08:19 AM

to welshmousepk
The first link you posted is exactly the model which i posted but XoticPC sells it for about $300 cheaper.
July 13, 2010 10:16:17 AM

so it is. i'd seen your link, and simply seen the gtx285 and i5. but you are right, the xotic version can also be fitted with a 5870 and i7 for a lower price.

though i think such a system would be a little too much for what the OP wants. hence why i posted the second one also.

to be honest though, i dont follow the laptop hardware as closely as i used to. and im not sure how the mobile GPUs stack up to each other quite so well. ive posted my links, but ill leave the recommendations to you maz :lol: 
a c 244 D Laptop
July 13, 2010 3:08:56 PM

We always appreciate some help in the laptops's section,so i would be glad if you come and post like you used to :D  (i can provide you some useful links about graphics if you want)
July 13, 2010 5:27:30 PM

I see that some of you have recommended Sagers, but my first laptop was a Sager back in 2006. Within 2 or three years the CD/DVD burner failed, the screen died, and the battery/power supply died.

Have they improved since then? If it helps my model was a 17 inch screen, Pentium 4 3.4GHZ, Geforce 6800 Ultra Go.
a c 244 D Laptop
July 13, 2010 6:26:28 PM

I don't know about your laptop, but their current models have got a great price/performance ratio and good reviews.
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