Believe it or not I truly believe that some games are played better on PC. THAT’S RIGHT. I’m not the die-hard console fangirl you thought I was. NOW YOU SEE ME IN A WHOLE ‘NOTHER LIGHT DON’T YOU?!
But seriously, I’ve always yearned for a super-powerful gaming rig. I’ve always had great, functioning PCs at my disposal — the most recent being the desktop I’m currently using, which I bought towards the end of 2010. But whenever I attempt to run a game like, hell, 1999’s Asheron’s Call, my poor PC chugs. I was super disappointed when I couldn’t play Dragon Age II on any setting higher than low, and I ultimately quit The Witcher because it ran horrendously.
So, why didn’t I update my desktop with those fancy gizmos and gadgets and whatever the hell else comes in a gaming rig?
Well, I tried. Unfortunately, though, the tower is way too small and won’t fit any modifications (it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but I’ve been told this several times SO IT MUST BE TRUE) and when I purchased my desktop in 2010 I thought I knew what I wanted. WELL HAHAHA SEEING AS IT CAN’T RUN A 14-YEAR-OLD GAME ON MEDIUM SETTINGS HAHAHA…haaa…sigh.
Therefore I said, “Fuck it!” and decided to go big or go home. And went big I did, bought the Alienware 18 laptop you see above and now feel like I’m set. Don’t ask me what the specs are, because I couldn’t tell you. All I know is it runs The Witcher and Asheron’s Call on the highest settings and that makes me incredibly happy. I, uh, haven’t tried anything else because it just came in yesterday, but I’ll keep you posted.
All that’s left to do is get the battle station ready. And by battle station I mean I’m going to hook this bad boy up to my living room TV via an HDMI cable, find my wireless keyboard and mouse and I WILL NEVER LEAVE MY APARTMENT.
I did the gaming laptop thing once and I will never do it again. I found a 17″ screen was just too big for a laptop (15″ I like but sometimes it still feels too big), the battery life REALLY sucked and the thing weighed like 14 pounds so I wouldn’t exactly call it portable. In terms of the performance for your buck, desktops are a far better choice which is why now I pump all of my major dollars into my desktop. I will still game a little on my MacBook Pro but nothing beyond TF2 or CS:GO.
I’ve always dreamed of having an alienware laptop but I just couldn’t go back to that kind of weight and poor battery life. I hear there recent laptops have issues with the hinges too which I would prefer to avoid having had hinge problems on my last laptop.
I hear you. But a laptop is perfect for me — I do a LOT of travelling, and once the laptop is on a hotel desk it doesn’t matter how much it weighs, you know? For conventions and whatnot I have my iPad. ;)
Once it is one a desk it doesn’t matter too much but lugging it around airports and stuff will suck.
Eeeehhhh I can handle the 12 or so pounds of this bad boy.
I suppose you travel a lot, so this will do you good. But man Gaming on a laptop just isn’t as nice as building a tower case!
Someday I REALLY want to build my own! It’s a bucket list item :D
I’m actually in the works of using my old Xbox case to build a Mini ITX PC inside it!
I also own the M18X. Love, love love it! This is not a laptop y’all, this is a desktop alternative. Taking it with me in the Alienware backpack I bought is a breeze. Hooking it up via HDMI to my 60″ flat screen is also the bomb! I would gladly pay the price again. When people say they are overpriced, I always tell them the same thing. Why drive a Fiat when you can drive a Ferrari? Yeah they will both get you to where you want to go, but why not go there in style!
Congrats Britt, enjoy!