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  • Alienware Area-51 m5500 Review
Here's my modest review:

Area-51 m5500

Processor: Intel Pentium M 740 1.73GHz 2MB L2 Cache 533MHz FSB
Operating System (Office software not included): Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
Warranty: 90-Day AlienCare Toll-Free 24/7 Phone Support
Display: Alienware m5500 15.4" WideXGA 1280 x 800 LCD - Xeno Grey - Xeno Grey
Motherboard: Alienware Intel 915GM + ICH6 Chipset
Wireless Network Card: Intel PRO/Wireless 2915 a/b/g Wireless Card
Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 533MHz - 2 x 512MB
Hard Drive: 60GB 5400 RPM ATA100
Video/Graphics Card: 128MB NVidia GeForce Go MXM 6600
Sound Card: Intel High-Definition Audio
Optical Drive: 24x10x24 CD-RW / 8X DVD Combo w/Software MPEG2 Decoder
Ethernet NIC: Integrated High Performance Gigabit Ethernet
Modem: 56K Modem with V.90 Technology
Mobile Transport : Alienware Premium Messenger Case
Mobile Power: Belkin AC Anywhere 300W
Alienware Exclusive Offers: GameFly - Unlimited Game Rentals for 15 days - FREE TRIAL
Alienware Exclusive Offers: Gamespot Complete - Free 90-day Trial (a $20.85 value)
Desktop Enhancements: Exclusive AlienGUIse Theme Manager

[1] Special Financing Offer; 6 Months Same As Cash Financing with the Alienware Credit Card
[1] $100 Mail-in Rebate; On Select Notebooks

SubTotal: $1,431.00
Shipping: $111.12
Discount/rebate: $100.00
Tax: $0.00
Order Total: $1,442.12

I ordered the above on Feb. 19 and it was delivered on Feb. 25

This is my first laptop, one that I'll use for work and home.

I shopped around at Dell HP etc. but noticed that AW had a rebate going and a free carry case. Needless to say the deal was better than Dell at the time.

The ordering experience was quick and painless via the telephone after playing around on-line a few days.

I was very impressed with Alienware's packaging. The first thing I noticed was the screen, it was beautiful. I've been a desktop CRT man for a very long time and to finally have a display like this was really exciting. Kind of in between glossy and matt finish.

I loaded it up with all my software, tweaked it out and ran it very hard for at least a month. I'm not a gamer or anything so I pushed it by running multiple apps/movies and for long periods of time with frequent re-boots etc.

The silver/grey color is neat and the lighted Alien head and Alienware logos make it unique.

I wish it had a separate number keypad although some letter keys can function as numbers. Most of the time I use a mini optical mouse instead of the pad.

Ports? Lots on this lappy, 3 USB, an S-video, an audio line-in jack, an Ethernet port, a headphones / SPDIF-out jack, a microphone jack, a firewire port, AC adapter port and a VGA port. It came with a 6 cell battery but I soon ordered the 9 cell one too.

Also, it is a very thin, very quiet machine that weighs about 6 lbs.

Don't know what else to say other than it works flawlessly.

I use it in the car sometimes with IGuidance and MS S&T mapping software and a mouse GPS which works real well.

I use it all over the house and outside the house as the wireless feature works quite well with my 5.0/640 DSL connection.

I have two passive www.keysan.com/ksu1358.htm cooling stands, and an air desk www.airdesks.com/laptop_desk_stand.html for this lappy. I made my own auto mount for the car.

I am very satisfied.

Feedback received on this FAQ entry:
  • Be sure that you keep your warranty updated. My son has this computer and loved it, but just over 1 year after we bought it for him, with a lapsed warranty, the Video/Graphics card died. Alienware does not provide any customer support or parts if you are out of warranty. The computer is not usable and since they no longer make the part we cannot fix it, nor can the repair place we took it. We now have to try to find the part through 3rd party sellers. So, while the computer looks good and worked well for one year, my husband and I feel like we threw away $2,000 buying a computer from a company that apparently makes so much money it doesn't care whether it ever gets repeat customers.

    2008-07-07 15:10:00

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by Hiker See Profile edited by fire100 See Profile
last modified: 2006-07-12 10:30:35