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Alienware laptops, overpriced? or the best money can buy?

quazz19

Standard Member
In the market for a new gaming laptop due to working away and never playing my home machine!
lots of discussion online about alienware being overpriced but all the reviews blow the competition out of the water.

Im wondering does anyone have a recent msi,Samsung,Toshiba or auzus gaming laptop? What do they think of them? Or any other make. My budget is £1900
Cheers Rich
 

Jonesy012

Well-known Member
While I have never owned one, I have always been sorely tempted. Infact, I still am and may buy one this year at some point.

But like you say, I do believe the brand is a little overpriced but the reviews suggest you get what you pay for. The other brands you mentioned are also not so much known for specialising in gaming, while Alienware always has. If your budget is that high, I don't think you can really go wrong laptop wise by getting the best you can buy, although if you don't necessarily need the portability I would suggest you go for a desktop.

Have a look at these laptops too. The best competitor I have seen for Alienware, with a lower price-range but still high spec. You just don't get that funky alien.

I believe this brand will be my main competition when looking into my next laptop.

Rock Laptops

Let me know the choice you make, as I will be interested to hear what you think for my own decision! Good luck and enjoy! Wish I had 2k to spend on a laptop :p
 

Sinzer

Distinguished Member
Alienware are overpriced.

A better brand (not sure if available in the UK) is mySN Schenker. They always score highly in tests, but they are a german brand.

The nice thing is that they are fully customisable. They are a little more expensive than the other brands though.

Other than that I would probably go for a MSI Steelseries. They are built for gamers and have high specifications for the price.

I looked a long time at a gaming laptop, but decided ultimately it is not worth it. You can buy a good laptop that will play most games OK for 500-600 quid and then buy a desktop for 1000 that will blow any laptop away. To me 1900 on a laptop is a waste of money, pass the 600 quid mark it is just a hard slope of diminishing returns.
 

Jonesy012

Well-known Member
You can buy a good laptop that will play most games OK for 500-600 quid and then buy a desktop for 1000 that will blow any laptop away. To me 1900 on a laptop is a waste of money, pass the 600 quid mark it is just a hard slope of diminishing returns.
This.

Maybe go up to a £1000 maximum, and spend the other £1000 on a desktop. Or £800 and £1200 respectively.
 

RidleyDeckard

Well-known Member
I had a Rock laptop a few years ago for on the road travelling with work and the damn thing almost killed me, it was 5kg for the laptop and 4kg for the power supply. One of my main criteria for buying new laptops is now always weight
 

Chox1988

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I think they are one of the best money can buy, disregarding price, i wouldnt want any of the high street brands over them- maybe a mac if they put in better gpu's. If i had all the money in the world and had to have a laptop i would get either a razer blade or an alienware.

But as far as none high street brands go there are some equally expensive, equally excellent options out there- like sinzer said, there's rock and origin just to name two.

I think 17 inch plus gaming laptops will be heavy no matter what the company but some prefer them, hate to think what the 18inch screened ones weigh.
 
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Sinzer

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it was 5kg for the laptop and 4kg for the power supply.

It is also worth mentioning, that the high end laptops have sometimes 90mins max on battery. So if you think you can take it somewhere and play a little, you may also be disappointed.
 

mr_yogi

Well-known Member
The thing with gaming laptops is that they are huge, heavy and drain their batteries quickly, so not much good for gaming on the go. However if you want to transport it between say 2 locations where you have have power then they are quite a nice solution.

If you just want something small get a mini ITX chassis and build an IvyBridge PC with a GTX670.

If you truely want mobile gaming then the Razer 'gaming' laptop is supposed to be great as it's light and offers good battery life, although it's not that powerful... Every silver lining has it's cloud :rolleyes:
 

Chox1988

Distinguished Member
The thing with gaming laptops is that they are huge, heavy and drain their batteries quickly, so not much good for gaming on the go. However if you want to transport it between say 2 locations where you have have power then they are quite a nice solution.

If you just want something small get a mini ITX chassis and build an IvyBridge PC with a GTX670.

If you truely want mobile gaming then the Razer 'gaming' laptop is supposed to be great as it's light and offers good battery life, although it's not that powerful... Every silver lining has it's cloud :rolleyes:

for the cost of a top end alienware you could build an itx with a 690 :eek:, that said if you need a laptop, you need a laptop
 

NC85

Active Member
I have an Alienware M14x that I purchased earlier this year after I received a substantial tax rebate. It's an absolute powerhouse and I love it, plays any game I've tried with no issue at all.

Having said that, the laptop is definitely overpriced. I don't mind though, as I'm still happy with my purchase.
 

quazz19

Standard Member
Thanks all, will have a look at the rock laptops.

Its always been in my mind that a desktop is better value for money as upgrading is a big part in pc gaming but dell asure me you can upgrade ram and the gpu in the 17" model.

How about Medion? Its range are between £600-£1000. I know nothing about them though.
 

McKnuckles

Active Member
I'll add a vote here for Rock laptops too.

I had a 17" Rock Extreme 780 that only just died after 4 years of constant use (the screen connector is playing up now, hence I replaced it with a new tower system as I now have a decent room to play in!) and it easily handled any game I threw at it until a few months ago.

Yes its heavy and the power dies after about an hour on performance but if you always run it off the mains when you are away from home then its no problem.

Value for money compared to a build-your-own tower PC? No.

Hugely useful and capable to play the latest games on when you are travelling away? hell yeah! :D
 

simplicity96

Distinguished Member
I think alienware used to be a better product when it was prior to Dell owning it. They have always been overpriced though as you are paying for the name. You can have custom laptops built at other places though then the spec is your choice and components used.

Never had one built though so couldnt really reconmend a company to use.
 

Chox1988

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Check the razer blade as well, awesome looking machine for those after something a bit different
 

quazz19

Standard Member
I wasn't expecting to use it on the train or in the car, I would be plugging it in the main at the hotel.
Also with a HDMI output I can plug it in the tv at home. Just looking for the best of both worlds really.

ok had a look at rock and for a xtreme 850, i-7 3.2ghz , NVIDIA gtc 460m , 6gb ram, 64gb sad, 320gb hdd and blu ray £1989

Alienware m17x i-7 3.3ghz, amd hd 7970m, 8gb ram 265gb ssd , blu ray £2086

Decisions decisions....
 

Chox1988

Distinguished Member
I wasn't expecting to use it on the train or in the car, I would be plugging it in the main at the hotel.
Also with a HDMI output I can plug it in the tv at home. Just looking for the best of both worlds really.

ok had a look at rock and for a xtreme 850, i-7 3.2ghz , NVIDIA gtc 460m , 6gb ram, 64gb sad, 320gb hdd and blu ray £1989

Alienware m17x i-7 3.3ghz, amd hd 7970m, 8gb ram 265gb ssd , blu ray £2086

Decisions decisions....

alienware, its just better specced, the 7970m will far outdo the 460m, not sure i'd go with just an ssd though for a gaming laptop, if you could small ssd plus hdd then that, otherwise just a big fast hdd.

For £2080 you can have the 17 inch 1080p alienware with blu ray, 8gb ram, nvidia 680m, 3.3 i7, 2 x 512gb hdd in raid0 (or 500gb hdd with a 32gb cache ssd), thats what i'd get.
 
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McKnuckles

Active Member
I'd also fit the Alienware with an Nvidia gfx solution!

Why not an SSD for the OS and a normal HDD for your data/games? (even stick your most favourite game on the SSD)

Can't see that raid 0 would be that useful in this kind of setup - you are increasing the risk of hardware failure with the striped drives for the performance increase that you are after (and could achieve by putting your most desired apps on the SSD).
 

Chox1988

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I'd also fit the Alienware with an Nvidia gfx solution!

Why not an SSD for the OS and a normal HDD for your data/games? (even stick your most favourite game on the SSD)

Can't see that raid 0 would be that useful in this kind of setup - you are increasing the risk of hardware failure with the striped drives for the performance increase that you are after (and could achieve by putting your most desired apps on the SSD).


I agree if you get an ssd seperately and add it yourself as that'd be cheap but buying a hdd plus proper ssd direct from alienware is mad expensive for what is not that big an ssd, if not willing to fit one yourself op i'd go hdd plus cache ssd.
 
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Sinzer

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Alienware m17x i-7 3.3ghz, amd hd 7970m, 8gb ram 265gb ssd , blu ray £2086

Hope you specced the full HD screen.

For 1900 euros you can get a Schenker P702 with a Nvidia 680M (same CPU and Blu Ray). You can then chuck in your own SSD and you will need to buy an OS, easy if you already have one somewhere.

The UK is a bit of a rip off for laptops. Much cheaper here in Germany. You can order to the UK, but you need to use the German website and obviously warranty will require you sending back to Germany.

http://www.mysn.de
 

Chox1988

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Hope you specced the full HD screen.

For 1900 euros you can get a Schenker P702 with a Nvidia 680M (same CPU and Blu Ray). You can then chuck in your own SSD and you will need to buy an OS, easy if you already have one somewhere.

The UK is a bit of a rip off for laptops. Much cheaper here in Germany. You can order to the UK, but you need to use the German website and obviously warranty will require you sending back to Germany.

mySN.de | XMG XIRIOS XESIA | buy Schenker Notebooks

Just on their website, ridiculous level of cutomization for laptops, very nice :thumbsup:
 

McKnuckles

Active Member
I agree if you get an ssd seperately and add it yourself as that'd be cheap but buying a hdd plus proper ssd direct from alienware is mad expensive for what is not that big an ssd, if not willing to fit one yourself op i'd go hdd plus cache ssd.

Ah I see what you mean with the alienware SSD prices! :eek:
 

Sinzer

Distinguished Member
http://www.notebookguru.de/

They also offer the Sager range of laptops (same as Schenker) and also have deliveries all over Europe. Their website has the option for English :)

Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3-3.3 GHz 6 MB Level3 Cache
Memory: 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz Corsair Vengeance (2x8)
Screen: 17,3 Zoll FullHD LED TFT 1920x1080 Pix NonGlare Type
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX680M with 4096 MB GDDR5 RAM DirectX 11
Optical Drive: BluRay Burner + DVD Burner
Hard Drive: 1000 GB Samsung 5400 U/Minute
Wireless LAN: Wireless-N 135 + Bluetooth from Intel

Remember to change the keyboard options to english. That comes out at 1800 euros, so roughly 1500 quid.
 

quazz19

Standard Member
http://www.notebookguru.de/

They also offer the Sager range of laptops (same as Schenker) and also have deliveries all over Europe. Their website has the option for English :)

Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3-3.3 GHz 6 MB Level3 Cache
Memory: 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz Corsair Vengeance (2x8)
Screen: 17,3 Zoll FullHD LED TFT 1920x1080 Pix NonGlare Type
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX680M with 4096 MB GDDR5 RAM DirectX 11
Optical Drive: BluRay Burner + DVD Burner
Hard Drive: 1000 GB Samsung 5400 U/Minute
Wireless LAN: Wireless-N 135 + Bluetooth from Intel

Remember to change the keyboard options to english. That comes out at 1800 euros, so roughly 1500 quid.

Thanks for link, looking now
 

quazz19

Standard Member
Ok well Dell have offered me 10% off my order so it comes in at £1844 with office, the nvidia 680 ,500gb HDD and a 32gb SSD with the same spec as I posted earlier. I really can't argue with that!

Any last comments to change my mind?
 

simplicity96

Distinguished Member
You will probably run into issues with a 32gb ssd mate due to windows install can take up to 25gb off that then other software will make you overfull all the time. A 60 odd gb drive would be better.
 

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