How I ultimately chose the Dell G5
And a weird thought about laptop keyboards
I’m glad my article was able to help you out!
It’s a bit amusing to me that you don’t consider yourself a gamer and you now own a laptop from one of the world’s biggest gaming imprints…but Alienware’s current laptop lineup is pretty robust for everything, not just gaming!
I owned an Alienware 13 a number of years ago, and it was a…challenging experience.
But I absolutely loved the keyboard and the display.
It was completely my fault that I specced it the way I did.
But it was the tech world’s fault that the state of mobile graphics hardware wasn’t quite where I was expecting it to be, and that Nvidia used to employ slightly less-than-honest naming schemes for their mobile hardware.
I’m very much a gamer. Have been for about 30 years.
And I’m rather platform agnostic. But PC gaming is what’s kept me attached to Windows for most of my life, and DOS before that. I don’t have as many complaints with the platform as some people do, but I fully acknowledge that MacOS is a generally smoother experience.
I often find myself wondering if Apple’s clearly-brilliant software team is just a team of people screaming in a room every day at how they’re seemingly ignored by the public in favor of the latest “magical” piece of hardware.
When it came time to pick a new machine, I knew that I wanted a PC again, and that I wanted something powerful enough to run the games I play on a weekly basis…but also versatile enough to serve as my coffee shop writing machine without being total overkill.
I’ve made a few other purchases from Dell in the past, and had a generally positive experience with them, so I knew that their laptops would be my starting place.
I considered the XPS lineup for a while, thinking that maybe their thin-and-light would appeal to me since I had used a 12 inch MacBook for a couple of years. But the GPUs in the XPS systems are a little under where I wanted to be, and I read several reports of thermal throttling on the processors. And I didn’t want to make the same mistake I had on the Alienware 13 of paying for more pixels in the monitor than I could realistically drive with the hardware.
That left the Alienware and G-series lineups.
The modern Alienware machines and Dell’s G lineup both offer easy access to the inside of the laptop, which is really awesome. I actually first considered an Alienware 15 myself…even had one in my cart, but decided that since I already have a robust desktop system I’d give the cheaper option a try as it was also the model that was on heaviest discount when I was purchasing.
And it still contained most of the same core hardware components that I was interested in.
I’m honestly surprised more laptop manufacturers haven’t tried a deeper-travel keyboard like the Alienware laptops use…but I guess it’s just one of the many casualties in the overall pursuit of thinness.
As a crazy writer person/gamer/fan of keyboard feedback, I’d love to live in an alternate timeline where every laptop had a one-inch base with Cherry MX switches. :) I know how stupid that idea is, and I know a few very bulky laptops have tried that idea with only minimal success, but there’s only so long we can chase form as a tech society before all function is just gone.