I'm looking for a good computer. Should I get an Alienware computer or a MacBook Pro?
Answer by Zlpha · Feb 10, 2011 at 11:52 PM
If you don't like Dell then I wouldn't be looking at Alienware. However, those two computers cater to completely different audiences, so you cannot compare them in any way, shape or form.
Answer by SkinnyBill · Feb 13, 2011 at 07:08 AM
If you have the extra money, get a 15" or 17" macbook pro. Don't get the 13" for gaming.
The 15"/17" has TWO gfx cards. A less powerful one to run simple apps and use less battery, and a more powerful one for when you are playing games. These can be switched easily at any time. the 13" MBP only has the less powerful one.
The MBP is definitely a great computer. I would say its worth it, but it isn't. They should all be at least Â£200 cheaper. (Yes, Â£ not $). But still, they are great. They do most things to what you want, and run games smoothly.
However, you will probably agree, macs+games still doesn't quite seem to mix. Well, heres some tips:
Steam for Mac has a huge selection of games available for mac.
WINE: same as on linux, Wine Is Not an Emulator. It will run windows programs using a selection of windows API's that have been ported to mac. WINE is free, although there are alternatives such as Crossover, which runs off wine, but you pay for it. If you use wine for mac, i suggest "WineBottler". It adds a very easy UI to work with wine, so you can configure etc without terminal. Wine runs the programs at full speed, with NO EMULATION, so it isn't a resource thief, but is never guaranteed to work 100%
Of course, there is the final option: Bootcamp.
Buy and install Windows 7 on the MacBook. I know its another whad of money, but just do it. You will be able to run any of your games that simply refuse to run on mac. Windows 7 runs surprisingly quickly on macs, and always does. (well on my june 2009 13" MBP anyway).
You may see that apple tells you that you need "XP or VISTA for bootcamp", but in truth, windows 7 works fine, although not officially supported. Just install windows 7 through the Bootcamp Assistant and then pop in the Mac OS X disc that comes with the computer. An autorun will appear called "windows_support", run through and it adds functionality and support for everything.
However, if you are stretched for cash and desperate, get the alien-ware. Like others say, its made by Dell. If i get a windows computer, I would only go for a top end one, because i KNOW that cheaper laptops will always slow down unbearably after time.
My honest advice would be, save up a bit longer and buy the MacBook Pro. They honestly, honestly are great. Im not gonna lie, Mac's do have problems, but they are easier to solve and not as frequent as Windows Problems :)
Answer by Jeutie · Feb 12, 2011 at 05:47 AM
I had to make this decision a couple months ago; I had the choice between either an top notch alienware or a Macbook Pro. All by all I looked at my desktop (which is built for gaming.) and my netbook... I didn't need laptop to game on, nor an extra Windows computer to suit my needs. Whilst both Alienware and Mac are quite expensive, and whichever choice I made, I was going to be paying for the brand, if you're not in need of a gaming station, go with the Macbook Pro, you won't regret it.
Answer by Justin · Feb 10, 2011 at 11:51 PM
What are you going to be using it for?
Buy an Alienware if your into PC gaming. Buy a Macbook Pro if you have used OSX, and like it enough to to spend extra on a Mac.
And you do realize Alienware is owned by Dell, right?
Answer by Preston Collins · Feb 11, 2011 at 12:24 AM
i've got an m15x. the only complaint i have about it is the weigh. i bought it for school, but carrying around a 10-15 pound computer sucks. it's got the base specs aside for the 8gb of RAM i put in myself for $80. if you are like me and love the unix command line and want to be around that, i would suggest running freeBSD or ubuntu inside of virtualbox on a PC. i actually looked at getting a macbook pro before i got this, but my alienware was cheaper than the cheapest macbook pro. i have no idea why apple products are so expensive, but i guess they work for some people. i love unix, but i would never pay for an operating system that has all the aspects of any linux distro you can find (aside for editing). it's really up to you. if you decide to go the alienware route, i would recommend getting an m11x or an m15x, depending on how much you will be carrying it around. if you are going to be stationary, get the m15x. if you want mobility, get the m11x (which will run you about $600, less than half of a 13 inch macbook pro).
Answer by Midnightblues · Feb 11, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Alienware was purchased by Dell, it did not stem from Dell directly. As a result, their MO's are dramatically different. (Read : Alienware actually makes quality products). If you're looking for a high powered gaming machine, I'd recommend an Alienware machine. However, if you have a preference for OS X, or don't plan on doing a whole lot of gaming, I'd recommend the Macbook Pro. But I must say, the recent Alienware chassis do look QUITE nice.