Dell is going to replace my Studio 1458 but haven't called me to let me know which laptop they can offer me yet (all I know is it will be a new laptop). Looking at their line up the only two (that i know of) that match or exceed my current specs are the XPS 14 and Alienware m11x. Spec wise I know the XPS is better but my concern is heat. Anyone know how the XPS fares *heat-wise* when gaming? The best information I have been able to find was a review saying there was hotspots of 94F on the keyboard while watching hulu, that it got "toasty" while playing Mafia or on the Dell website it "gets really hot while running games and movies" while another reviewer says it doesn't
Basically, I had the XPS m1330 (5 mobo replacements in 2 years, what?) which Dell replaced with my current Studio 1458 which they are going to replace with something else... all because of overheating issues. And since my warranty just ended, this will be Dell's last chance to redeem themselves.
Specs if you're interested:
Studio 1458 (current laptop)
Intel i7 720QM (1.6GHz/6MB cache)
1024 (MB) ATI 5450
The tech I last spoke to told me they would have to give me a new system because they didn't have something in stock at the refurb "factory" that would match or exceed my current specs.
I considered the size of the m11x and it wouldn't be an issue for the most part because I have a desktop but I feel like the performance is just too low to compare it to the XPS14 but the heat is what is "holding me back" on choosing what I should aim/negotiate for.
The XPS lines are designed to handle the additional stress of gaming. They may run hot, but are made to handle it far better than typical notebook/laptop systems. The size of the m11x has pros and cons. For more general use, I would go with the XPS 14. If you are lugging this thing around a lot and can live with the screen size (gaming, movies, general use) then go with the m11X.