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January 21, 2004 10:24:01 PM

I buying a notebook and was wondering if you guys can help me out here.Is it better to get a Centrino or a regular Pentuim 4 proceser.I want to be able to play games on it and surf the web was ace.I have $3900 to spend on a Alienware

Warranty: 1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Depot Service
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
Case: Alienware Exclusive Area-51m: Sentia Case - Saucer Silver
Processor: Intel® Pentium® Processor M with 1 MB Cache - 1.7GHz 400MHz FSB
Motherboard: Intel® 855GM+ICH4M Chipset DDR
Wireless network: Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 network connection
Memory: CORSAIR 1024MB DDR PC-2100 - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
Hard Drive: 40GB 5400 RPM ATA100
Monitors: 14.1"SXGA+ 1400x1050 LCD Display
Video Card: Intel® Extreme Graphics 2 technology
Sound Card: Sound-Blaster Pro Compatible 3D Audio
Smart Bay One: 24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software MPEG2 Decoder
Ethernet NIC: Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet NIC
Modem: 56K Modem with V.90 Technology
Bluetooth: Bluetooth USB Adapter
Additional Battery: Additional Primary Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack
Additional Floppy Drive: USB Floppy Drive
Productivity Software: Microsoft® Works Suite 2004
Apparel: Alienware® T-Shirt - Black - XL Only




1-Year AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support with Depot Service
Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional
Area-51m Case with 16.1" UltraXGA 1600x1200 LCD Display - Saucer Silver
Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology 3.2GHz 800MHz FSB w/ 512KB Cache
SiS648FX + SiS963L AGP8X Chipset
1024MB DDR PC-3200 - 2x512 SO-DIMMs
AREA-51M ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 PRO Module with 128MB DDR
Sound-Blaster Pro Compatible 3D Audio
40GB 5400 RPM ATA100
24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software
Integrated 10/100Mb Ethernet NIC
56K Modem with V.92 Technology
Built-In Wireless 802.11a/b/g miniPCI Card
Bluetooth USB Adapter
Area-51m Multi-function Infrared Remote control
USB Floppy Drive
Additional Primary Lithium-Ion Smart Battery Pack
AlienAdrenaline: Video Performance Optimizer
Microsoft® Works Suite 2004
Free Alienware® T-Shirt - Black


WHICH IS BETTER?

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by AzTec_Warrior on 01/21/04 10:20 PM.</EM></FONT></P>

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January 22, 2004 4:18:48 PM

Basically, 1.7GHz Pentium-M is more efficient, but not *quite* as powerful as a 3.2GHz P4 - although you will make up for that with battery life.

I would not go for an Alienware, the Sentia is absolutely revolting, and the Area-51m is not a 'notebook' - a portable computer perhaps? Alienware just rip you off, if you really want that area-51m, go for a Sager 5680 or the clevo alternative and kit it out with a whole bunch of extras for the amount you save.

Consider other manufacturers, don't let Alienware swindle your money :p 

RaPTuRe

Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
January 22, 2004 5:19:16 PM

I need it for school and for the battery to last awhile and in between classes i wanted to play some call of duty and other FPS games.So if you had $3900 to spend what would you go with
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January 22, 2004 6:15:34 PM

Ok, well even with two batteries, the area-51m won't give you much over an hour between outlets. On the other hand, my first choice would be the Dell Inspiron 8600. Pentium-M 1.7GHz, 15.4" WUXGA (1920x1200) LCD Panel, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB, two batteries, as much RAM as you like and a 7200rpm 60GB Hard Drive.

It will (does) perform like a beaut, and you'll get more than 7hours between recharges. Not to mention, phenomenal performance in games and applications, and the faster HDD will make more of a difference than the Area 51's faster CPU.

RaPTuRe

Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
January 23, 2004 2:46:47 AM

What else is out there other then dell notebook?
January 24, 2004 6:10:38 PM

or the HP/Compaq x1000 is not bad, and there are several beautiful toshibas.

RaPTuRe

Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
January 25, 2004 9:29:37 AM

Trust Me.
Get the Dell Inspiron 8600
I love mine, amazing.
Slightly plasticky, but its Awesome.

Love the Widescreen, 128 MB Radeon is a killer card
7200rpm drive is really fast and quite

hope you make the right decision

cheers



Opel Superboss, now that was a car!
January 28, 2004 6:40:29 AM

dell is good. i only got a 600m but i can play callofduty on that thing.(low res, but playable)
January 28, 2004 5:38:35 PM

For bang for the buck, you might want to check out the eMachines M6805 at Best Buy or Circuit City. Right now, it's $1549 - $100 eMachines rebate and $150 BB/CC rebate! Plus tax, course.

Here are the stats: AMD 64-M, 512MB RAM, 60GB HD, ATI Radeon 9600 64MB video card, 15.4 widescreen monitor, 7.5 lbs, 6-in-1 media card reader, DVD/CDRW drive, wifiG, etc. Reports on other forums say it screams with video games.

I don't have one yet, but am close to scoring one.

Here are a link you can check out where people are talking about them:

http://forums.amd.com/index.php?showtopic=6266

Here's a link to eMachine's site:

http://www.emachines.com/products/products.html?prod=eM...
January 28, 2004 8:28:10 PM

Problem with those, is battery life is good, but nothing spectacular - not like the 7hrs you can get out of a Dell with 2nd battery.

RaPTuRe

Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
March 9, 2004 2:19:24 AM

bro i would seriously check out WINBOOK.... they make mint laptops... my office has over 3.... for around 4 yrs now not one damn problem.

Prices are mint and they give you nice stuff... very thin also...

i myself like the DELL XPS laptops........ i think of my laptop as a portable DESKTOP........ i don't want a shitty little notebook, i want a small ANIMAL to carry around..lol.......

2800 for a MINT setup.. Dell XPS... 3.4ghz, 1gb mem..lol that's sick for a laptop..it'll probley run faster then my main setup

getting it very shortly.

Asus A7N8X Deluxe
80gb Maxtor
200gb WD 8mb cache..
Lian-Li PC-60
LiteOn 52X/LiteOn 811s DVD-RW
AMD XP2800+
LeadTek GF4Ti4200 128mb
Hitachi CML174
1GB Corsair XMS PC3200
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