Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I’ve been wanting to get into reviewing computer hardware, but I wasn’t quite sure where to start. Finally I decided on laptops, and while there are some great sites out there that review them, none of the reviewers use them for an extended period of time. Their reviews are typically based off of performance and first impressions, but what about other things that are important such as how long the battery lasts while watching a movie or how scratch-resistant the case is?
Those are some of the things that I want to cover…a real consumer’s view on hardware. To start things off, I am reviewing the Alienware m5550 which I had the pleasure of using for over a month. It’s an amazing PC, and unquestionably a powerhouse when it comes to performance.
I was hoping to get a computer to review that wasn’t the top-of-the-line, and that’s because it is unrealistic for a typical consumer to buy a $2700 laptop. Yes, you read that right. There are a few things that I would remove from this configuration that would drop the price significantly, but I’ll talk about that after I list the specs: