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Alienware or Toshiba Qusmio

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June 22, 2011 7:59:32 PM

Ok, looking for help deciding between these three. I need some input.
Each of these run about 1200.00, so price difference is not a factor. I am sure some of you may have had experience with similar models. Just looking to get the better one. I do not game, I just want a laptop comparable to my desktop. These are the closest ones I can find. Personal preference.

Option 1

Alienware:Module Description Product Code & SKU

System Color Nebula Red with Soft Touch Finish
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 2410M 2.3GHz (2.9GHz w/Turbo Boost, 3MB Cache)
Memory 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz
A/C Adapter Alienware M14X 150W A/C Adapter
Display Panel 14.0" High Def (720p/1366x768) with WLED backlight
Video Card 1.5GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M using NVIDIA Optimus™ technology
Hard Drive 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s
Nameplate Personalized Plate (Paula)
AlienFX Mars Red
Hinge Up Hinge Up WLAN - RED
Adobe Reader Acrobat SW Adobe Acrobat X Reader
Optical Drive 8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Slot Load Optical Drive
Audio Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound Audio
Wireless Intel® Advanced-N WiFi Link 6205 a/g/n 2x2 MIMO Technology
Hardware Support Services 1 Year Basic Plan
Mobile Broadband None
WirelessHD None
Bluetooth Internal Bluetooth 3.0

Pros: cons:
Dedicated Video card never heard of this video card.
Bluetooth don't think nvidia has either
7200rpm hdd 14" screen(small)
backlit keyboard odd keyboard, doesnt look like
LEd HD regular type keyboard from pics
I5 2410
1333mhz mem 6 cell battery
Aluminum casing

option 2

Toshiba QusmioPerformanceProcessor*
Intel® Core™ i5-2410M processor
Operating System*
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)*
Graphics Engine*
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M w/NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
Graphics Memory*
1.5GB GDDR5 discrete graphics memory
Memory and StorageMemory*
6GB DDR3 1333MHz memory
Hard Drive*
640GB HDD (7200rpm)
Audio and VideoDisplay Size
17.3" widescreen
Display Type*
HD+ TruBrite® LED Backlit display
Display Resolution
1600x900, 16:9 aspect ratio, Supports 720p content
Audio
Microphone input port with Sleep and Music, Headphone jack (stereo), Built-in microphone, harman/kardon® stereo speakers
CommunicationWebcam
Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
Wireless LAN*
Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth® V3.0 + HS
Modem*
No Modem port
LAN
10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
PowerAC Adapter
180W (19V x 9.5A) Auto-sensing,100-240V AC Adapter
Battery
Li-Ion (47Wh, 8-Cell)
Battery Life*
Up to 4.18 hoursExpansionPC Express Slot
No PC Express Slot
SmartCard Reader
No SmartCard Reader slot
Media
Memory Card Reader
USB Ports*
1-USB (3.0) port with USB Sleep and Charge*, 3-USB (2.0)
HDMI
HDMI output port
Software, Support and SecuritySecurity and Protection
HDD Recovery, Multiple-Level Password Utilities, Password Security, TOSHIBA Supervisor Password Utility, Security Cable Lock Slot
Software*
Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Reduced functionality Word® and Excel® with advertising)*, Hard disc (HDD) recovery, TOSHIBA Hard Drive Impact Sensor (3D sensor)*, TOSHIBA Face Recognition*, TOSHIBA Upconvert Plug-in for Media Player, TOSHIBA Bulletin Board™, TOSHIBA Service Station, Norton Internet Security™ 2011 (30-day trial), TOSHIBA Recovery Disk Creator, TOSHIBA Web Camera Application, TOSHIBA BookPlace™, TOSHIBA Media Controller, Adobe® AIR® Runtime, TOSHIBA Disc Creator, Microsoft® Windows Media Player 12, TOSHIBA ReelTime™, TOSHIBA eco Utility™, Google® Chrome, Toshiba Online Backup (30-day trial subscription), WildTangent Game Console, TOSHIBA HDD Protection, TOSHIBA App Place, Microsoft® Silverlight™ , TOSHIBA HDD/SSD Alert, Corel® Digital Studio™ for TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA PC Health Monitor, Waves MaxxAudio® 3, Microsoft® Windows Live Essentials including Photo Gallery, Messenger, Mail, Writer and Movie Maker.
Standards
RoHS Compliant*, Energy Star Qualified, EPEAT™ Gold
Standard Limited Warranty*
1-Yr Parts and Labor, 1-Year Battery
Physical DescriptionInputs and Controls
Volume Control (Up & Down), touch pad pointing device with multi touch control, Mute button, CD/DVD Buttons (Play/Pause, Stop, Prev Track, Next Track), Premium Raised Tile LED backlit Keyboard with 10-Keypad (black), Media button, TOSHIBA eco utility™ (Energy-saving mode)
Weight*
Starting at 6.6 lbs.
Color
Fusion® X2 Finish in Red Horizon

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=200000...

Pros: cons:
i5 2410
bluetooth
led hd
backlit keyboard
8 cell battery
dedicated video card
1333mhz
7200 rpm hdd
17 in screen



Option 3

Qosmio X505-Q8100X Laptop SpecificationsPerformanceProcessor*
Intel® Core™ i5-2410M processor
Operating System*
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)*
Graphics Engine*
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460M
Graphics Memory*
1.5GB GDDR5 discrete graphics memory
Memory and StorageMemory*
4GB DDR3 1333MHz memory
Hard Drive*
500GB HDD (7200rpm)
Audio and VideoDisplay Size
18.4" widescreen
Display Type*
HD+ TruBrite® TFT LCD display
Display Resolution
1680x945 (HD+), Supports 720p content
Audio
S/P DIF output port (shared with headphone port), harman/kardon® stereo speakers, Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono), Built-in microphone
CommunicationWebcam
Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
Wireless LAN*
Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth
Bluetooth® V3.0 + EDR
Modem*
No Modem port
LAN
10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
PowerAC Adapter
180W (19V x 9.5A) Auto-sensing,100-240V AC Adapter
Battery
High Capacity Li-Ion (87Wh, 12-cell)
Battery Life*
Up to 3.5 hoursExpansionPC Express Slot
1-ExpressCard™ Slot
Media
Memory Card Reader, S/P DIF output port (shared with headphone port)
USB Ports*
3-USB (2.0), 1-eSATA/USB (2.0) combo port with Sleep and Charge*
iLINK
i.LINK™ IEEE-1394
HDMI
HDMI-CEC (Regza Link™)
Software, Support and SecuritySecurity and Protection
Security Cable Lock Slot
Software*
Microsoft® Office Starter 2010 (Reduced functionality Word® and Excel® with advertising)*, Dolby® Home Theater®, TOSHIBA Hard Drive Impact Sensor (3D sensor)*, TOSHIBA Face Recognition*, TOSHIBA Bulletin Board™, TOSHIBA Service Station, Norton Internet Security™ 2011 (30-day trial), TOSHIBA Recovery Disk Creator, TOSHIBA Web Camera Application, TOSHIBA BookPlace™, TOSHIBA Media Controller, Microsoft® Windows Media Player 12, TOSHIBA ReelTime™, TOSHIBA eco Utility™, Google® Chrome, TOSHIBA DVD Player, Toshiba Online Backup (30-day trial subscription), WildTangent Game Console, TOSHIBA App Place, Microsoft® Silverlight™ , TOSHIBA Disc Creator, TOSHIBA HDD/SSD Alert, TOSHIBA PC Health Monitor, Microsoft® Windows Live Essentials including Photo Gallery, Messenger, Mail, Writer and Movie Maker., Hard disc (HDD) recovery, Corel® Label@Once
Standards
RoHS Compliant*, Energy Star Qualified, EPEAT™ Gold
Standard Limited Warranty*
1-Yr Parts and Labor, 1-Year Battery
Physical DescriptionInputs and Controls
Volume Control (Up & Down), touch pad pointing device with multi touch control, Mute button, CD/DVD Buttons (Play/Pause, Stop, Prev Track, Next Track), touch pad on/off, Media button, TOSHIBA eco utility™ (Energy-saving mode), Premium US keyboard with 10-key pad (Black)
Weight*
Starting at 10.1 lbs.
Color
Fusion® Finish in Omega Black

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=501242


Pros: cons:
i5 2410 no backlit keyboard
bluetooth 10+ lbs
led hd
12 cell battery
dedicated video card
1333mhz
7200 rpm hdd
18in screen

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June 22, 2011 8:12:19 PM

Option 2 has the better graphics card..
and a bigger hard drive..
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June 22, 2011 8:16:50 PM

^Indeed. Might also look at the new Asus G74, same GTX 560M, but it might be cheaper than both Alienware and Qusmio.
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June 24, 2011 3:46:49 PM

Best answer selected by rugman1969.
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June 24, 2011 4:31:05 PM

Went with option 2. Thanks folks!
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