Yes, I have found Sony Vaios to be very nice and inexpensive, but I don't think they're trying very hard to make the perfect gaming laptop either. I think your best option for Alienware would be the M5550, which is really really nice. The only disadvantage is that you are stuck with a 15" screen and no more than 256MB V-RAM. Trust me, the mALX is just expensive to be expensive, don't buy it. And also I'll let you in on a little secret. The most expensive laptop's upgrades cost over 10% more than if you buy them in the cheapest laptop on Alienware. Don't ask me why, I just noticed this. Unless hardcore gamer, the M5550 should make you pretty happy. Also, upgrades are always cheaper to buy yourself than on Alienware, although in laptops some things are unremovable. You can buy it with the lowest-quality parts and upgrade from there.
Edited by Ryan 3000, 22 August 2007 - 08:52 AM.
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