What astounds us is the size of the Alienware notebook computer. It no longer is a notebook, unless metric notebooks are that big. Reminds me of when these computers were called "laptops" and kinda like some of the early Toshibas with their orange plasma screens of the early 1990s.
The computer's this big:
* 17" wide-format screen (measured diagonally).
* My first color notebook computer take up half the space
* It has more connectors than my desktop computer.
The computer's this cool:
* The eyes of the alien logo glow blue.
* A miniature video camera, not much larger than the O in this sentance, is embedded just above the screen. My wife gets nervous, however, upon seeing it. "Turn that thing off when I'm around!"
* DVD controls along the front edge, along with a blue display of time.
The computer's this hot:
* 3.4GHz CPU
* 2 GB RAM
* 80GB hard drive - stripped SCSI
(Remarks my son on the warmth generated at the keyboard: "This would be good for taking along to the Arctic.")
But the computer's also got these problems.
* DVD controls on the front panel are too vague for my 48-year-old eyes. (Darn those industrial designers who think low contrast colors are trendy.)
* You're not going to want to lug this thing thru the airport; too big and too heavy, it works well as a portable desktop computer.
* Shiny screen. What is it with the current trend of notebook (and some LCD screens) having reflective surfaces?