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Initial post: Dec 9, 2012 5:00:06 PM PST
This:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/alienware-m18x-r2/pd.aspx?
can be had for $1700.

Similar, I think to this:
Alienware AM18XR2-8728BK 18-Inch Laptop (Black)

What else is there in an 18.4 inch screen with comparable specs?

Any suggestions?

I'm really not interested in gaming, just want to make a sound investment in a large screened, good sounding, well equipped laptop.

Thanks for any help with this.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 6:02:56 PM PST
Also, as an alternative, if anyone thinks the 18.4" field is too limited I'd be happy to hear input about 17.3" screened laptops.

I'm interested in:
1080P
great sound
blu-ray

Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 11:23:24 AM PST
WolfPup says:
What do you want it for? I think the M18x and M17x are some of the best designed notebooks out there-like they have really good cooling systems, 4 DIMM (memory) slots, high end GPU choices, slot loading drives, some of the best screens on notebooks, etc., but they might be overkill depending on what you want them for.

Might be worth noting there's a $100 off coupon that works on Alienware systems right now, and if you have a discover card they have 5% cash back on Dell/Alienware systems (as well as HP and some others) if you click through the link on discover.com.

Posted on Dec 14, 2012 1:32:10 PM PST
Hey Wolfpup,
Thanks for the response.

I really have no other needs other than wanting a laptop I can enjoy HD video on.
I know it's not quite the everyday portable, and way overkill if I'm not into gaming or any serious video processing, but I DO want as much real estate as possible.

There's just nothing else out there that compares (size wise) to the M18X, is there?

Oh, and thanks for the Discover tip...I hadn't thought about

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 7:06:56 AM PST
WolfPup says:
The M17x and M18x have way above average cooling, so one nice thing about them is they should last longer-seems like most notebooks let the parts get too hot (and get louder under heavy load too).

I like that they have slot loading Blu Ray drives too! I don't know if they're really any better, but I'm hoping maybe they're more reliable...I've had the normal "eject the whole drive mechanism" drives go bad on my pretty often.

And the screen's they're using are always above average, around the top of the pack in Anandtech's comparison... so definitely would be a bad choice for watching video!

I don't think there are many 18.4" notebooks left. Seems like maybe 5 years ago a bunch of companies introduced them, and then dropped them later...like I know Sony had one. I think Clevo may make some, but I've heard their keyboards are terrible, and they're built cheaper than the M1xx line, like less metal, etc.

Hmm...in cheaper 17.3" systems both HP and Dell have some choices that would be pretty solid around the $1000 mark. Wouldn't be slot loading drives, and the screens would be lower quality (though still normal for today's notebooks). If you wanted to save money, HP's DV7t or Dell's Inspiron 17s would probably be fine, though I'm not actually sure what else would have a screen as good as that M18x has.

Here's a profile on the screen from 2 years ago-last revision of the system, but they're using the same panels. This would actually look WAY better if it was compared with normal $400-1000 notebook screens, as they're pretty much just comparing the best of the best here, there'd be a gigantic jump from cheaper panels to the one used here:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4897/alienwares-m18x-part-1-nvidias-geforce-gtx-580m-in-sli/6

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 7:34:51 AM PST
WolfPup says:
Oh, and by the way, I like as large of a screen as possible too! Of course I'd have loved that $3600 Black Friday deal on the M18x-R2 with two Geforce GTX 680m chips :-D Noooot something I should buy though in my current financial situation.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012 9:17:48 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2012 9:20:23 PM PST
Heres a 17.3 in the same price range.

http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Valkyrie_CZ-17_2_Gaming_Laptop

Honestly convinced Alianware charges way too much for there stuff.
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