Gaming Laptops Defy Slumping PC Sales

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dragontekcomputers

what they should do with gaming laptops is make them to where you can upgrade everything you want to inside. maybe they will sell even more then. the idea of portability in pc gaming is nice, but it just lacks the main factor that desktops have which is the option to take part out and put in new ones. laptops totally need that option.

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Orlbuckeye

The Alienware 18 can use the Intel i7 4700,4800 or 4900MQ processor. It can use NVidia GTX 765, 860, 780 or 880 graphics cards. I can hold 1 MSATA SSD and 2 other drives either SATA - SSD of HD and you can remove the optical drive and have 4 SSD's with raid or no raid.

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jbitzer

the problem is, it would be a lot harder to do in that compact form factor than in the big desktop cases, and it's beyond the skill level of most home builders.

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MiGreen

But how many have win8?

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Orlbuckeye

the option for Windows 7 both 2 flavors or Windows 8 2 flavors if you purchase from Dell. Xotic PC has more configurations options.

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rsaotome

Yup, nothing but Clevo/Sager for me. :)

For me, the upgrade cycle is usually around every 2-3 years, and the cost has lowered for good gaming laptops. Which has been great for traveling in Europe & not having to miss out on Skyrim, among others. :P

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rogerw99

I have an Alienware M17xR2 with a i7 720 & dual 5870's. Love it. The best 13lb PC I've ever had. I'd get a new M18x if I had the money for it. The one I want Dell to build for me is well over $3000. That's about $3000 over my current budget since we are still rebuilding our house after the Minot ND 2011 flood. All well, one can still dream. ;-)

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azuza001

I have a clevo 901c from 2008 running a GeForce gtx 8800 and core 2 duo 6800 that still games well, I can play swtor, gw2, deus ex, and a ton of other games with no problem. They may not be on max settings but it works, and its the longest I have ever owned a single machine. There is a market for these machines, and its great to use as a lan box.

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Vesuvius

I am on my second Alienware. Have m17x and m18x. I am an American that is living in Colombia. The only way I could have a powerful computer here with a warranty is Dell ( only company that will warranty your computer around the world and come to your house to fix it, I repeat the only company). I considered their X51 but the laptops are more powerful for my m18x. So I would buy the laptop in the Usa and bring it back to Colombia with me. IF I lived in the Usa most likely I would have a gaming Pc but for those that have to travel gaming Laptops have their place. I also may add Man are the Alienware laptops well constructed and look good, definitely a pride of ownership thing and the warranty is unmatched you can get a 4 year warranty now and accidental coverage as well. No one offers that, No one.

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omtirft1

i agree with u 100%
i have a m17x and just received my m18
i to live in colombia and dells service is perfect
the only problem is i have to carry both of laptops back with me
this time couldnt be without my m17x waiting for my m18

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wumpus

Who buys "gaming laptops"? Either kids who don't remember Moore's law (and may just be doing things smarter) or those who simply have enough money to buy complete gaming rigs every year or so. It just seems weird to spend so much more money to game on a smaller screen with worse framerates.

Any guesses if AMD will release something more or less the same as the Xbone/PS4 APU for PCs? Ideally I'd like something with a (double) piledriver core and 6 jaguar cores, but I doubt windows (or even Linux) would handle that well. Maybe just two (double) piledriver cores and roughly the GPU silicon used for the PS4, but that might cost too much (and have too much heat) for an ALU.

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Ninjawithagun

Total ignorance you are showing here. You are making the fundamental mistake of trying to compare desktop against laptop. Gaming laptops are for those who travel and can't bring their main gaming machine. For others, it's a matter of financial compromise. They travel and are at home at times, but can't afford to have both a desktop gaming system AND gaming laptop. So, they end up getting the gaming laptop because it's the best compromise. Is a gaming laptop ever going to be more powerful than a top of the line desktop gaming computer? No. But, it will allow for those that want to be able to game on the go a viable option to keep them "in the game". Personally, I have both a main gaming system AND a gaming laptop because I game both when at home and when I have to travel. I have the best of both worlds, but then I can actually afford it. More importantly, I understand it that there are those that can't afford to have both. Because of that, I do not try to judge them for this decision. As long as their are happy with what they have, that's what counts.

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dragontekcomputers

i bought a toshiba sattelite l755d-s5204 3 years ago and i overclocked it and tweaked it some and it still runs new game on high without the framerate dropping to much. but as i said in my comment i made, it would still be better if you could upgrade everything inside the laptops

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basketcase87

Is it really that hard to understand? Look, I'm with you, I don't care about mobility. I game at home at a desk on a home-built desktop. However, I'm not clueless enough to think that there isn't anyone out there who would like to be able to do their PC gaming on the couch, or while traveling. Sure, you'll pay a premium and lose performance, but if you're a college student or a frequent traveler being able to throw your gaming gear into a single bag and throw it over your shoulder for a weekend trip is a HUGE deal.

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LatiosXT

Why does anyone buy a laptop?

Oh right, portability. In the sense that I don't have to lug around my 40 pound awkward to carry boat anchor and carefully pack my monitor every time I visit my family.

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Innomasta

You're a twat wumpus get out of here

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jbitzer

Or, people who realize they can get 5 years out of it since we are still gaming on unreal 3 engine games?

Or people who don't have to have 3d immersive 90000x60000 resolution on the couch?

Who makes a comment on this pigeonholing people? Oh yeah, kids who can't see anything beyond their tunnel vision worldview, or people too poor to afford one who are jealous.

I am JUST now upgrading my sony vaio with a 330m in it. It's lasted 3-4 years. My desktop was upgraded last year to a 660ti from a 275 GTX system, so some people keep their PCs longer than the bleeding edge upgrading enthusiast.

You can get a pretty decent laptop to game on for $1500, I'm comfortable with that every 4-5 years.

At any rate, I am usually on the couch with the wife and kid, because they frown on locking myself in the office to play stupid games, so Gaming laptop it is.

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dragontekcomputers

lol $1500, i paid $498 for my toshiba at walmart and it can play any game that is out right now with no lag. if you pay $1500 for a laptop just to play games, im sorry but you dont know computers very well

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jbitzer

ok, troll. Pretty sure you're full of crap. How about listing your specs.

$500 laptop is more likely than not rocking an integrated crap graphics chip, sorry, I like higher res than 800x600. I've been building PCs for 20 years which is why I don't buy a system at Walmart.

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Jer Stryker

I'm an airline pilot, and when I am home it's family time, so the only time I can play my games is at the hotel. I lug a heavy overpriced gaming laptop with me everywhere I go, because I'd rather do that than have an "underpowered" ultrabook.

I do wish they weren't so expensive. I could build a great desktop and get a "good enough" laptop for the same price as a premium gaming laptop, and I consider this every time I go to upgrade, but then I'd have to turn the detail down when gaming on the road, so I'd rather go this route.

I have several pilot friends who also buy (or build their own) gaming laptops, and I've met several frequent travelers in the security line who have them too.

To answer your question, there is a market for pretty much everything.

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iplayoneasy

Play on medium/high and be able to move around and sit anywhere in the world. That's why people buy them.