"A very well made gaming machine"4.5 starson by alexander.lindskog
Pros: Performance, Looks (gamers)
Cons: Weight, Size, Looks (everybody else)
Summary: YES I own one, and NO I am not a Dell employee (nor an employee of any other computer company).
Lets start with the looks. This computer is designed to catch eyes, with light coming out of it here and there. (You can of course turn them off). To my personal taste this computer is a bit to much "Hey look at me!". But if you spend $3000 (which I did) on it maby you want it to light up like a Vegas sign.
The construction feels rigid. No creeking corners or such. I havent tried dropping it to see if it can take it . It is heavy though (8lb or 4kg). But when it replaces my desktop computer (in performance) I simply don't care.
All right, lets open this baby up... The first thing you see is the screen. And my god what a sceen it is.. Its BIG and bright. And let's not forget the resolution! 1920 x 1200 will even make your teenage kids jealous. --The reflective screen coating is very anoying in bright sunlight though. You constantly end up seeing yourself in the reflection. But indoors (not near a bright window) you won't notice it. --Maby it just luck but my screen hasn't shown any signs of malfunctioning whatsoever (as mentioned by other reviewers). Maby they have switched screens in the newer orders. (I got mine the 14:th of may)
The keyboard is very rigid, compared to my dell insp 8500 which feels like a plastic toy. (although I was expecting the numerical pad to be included on a 17 inch computer as it is on HP computers, now the keyboard looks too small for the computer)
The speakers on this system are surprisingly good. And the subwoofer (not really worth the name) is actually reproducing some of the low frequency sound in my music.
The touch pad is flat out lousy. The touch surface has a rough texture that makes my fingers go numb after using it for a while. And let's not forget the buttons, Too big and too noisy. Not at all like the one on my Acer. But if you are a gamer you will use an external mouse anyway.
I bought this computer solely for its gaming performance, and so far I have not been dissapointed. This machine is FAST. On my last computer (Dell Inspiron 8500) i couldn't really enjoy CS Source and Brothers in arms, but now i get 100+ fps (with www.FRAPS.com). I tested 3DMark2001 and ended up with 24'000 points. I ordered 2Gigs of RAM ($600) and I find it to be woth it. You can play Doom 3 and then simply ALT+TAB right out to your MSN or ICQ without any loading time.
YES I know that the CPU isn't the fastest on the market if you count the P4 and AMD cpus but who wants a computer that needs 6 fans constantly working, sounding like a minor tropical storm? Instead this computer is quiet.. When the fans are working (during serious gaming) they never get loud. And when simply working with business applications you almost never hear the fans.
Conclusion: If you are a gamer who demands the latest technology and want to show everybody that you have it and don't really mind the extra weight, this is the computer for you!
This computer is NOT designed for the home user, wanting a fairly good portable laptop to play frecell or solitaire or write your documents on. In that case get yourself an ultra portable such as Acer TravelMate.
Written on an XPS gen 2Updated
I have found the long missing registry file that enables overclocking* of the gpu. This feature was disabled in the dell driver. Use overclocking at your own risk! http://3dgpu.com/files/coolbits2.reg (All credit goes to 3DGPU)
(*)Overclocking is tweaking the hardware to run at faster-than-supposed-to speeds, giving you better performance. The problem is that you hardware will run hotter and this generally reduces the overall lifetime of the hardware.