I have an Alienware (which I only found the bad reviews for AFTER I bought it) but on Saturday I went to PAX Australia, and one of the stalls was showcasing the HTC Vive, so of course I had to have a go. It's amazing by the way, I want one. Issue is they're expensive as hell DX
Anyway, the stall was not only showcasing the headset, but also a computer brand by the name of Origin. They did this by having a desktop and laptop of the brand beside the que for the HTC, considering it's a two hour wait to get your turn.
The game they had running on the computer was Skyrim.
On XBox, the loading screen takes a minute or two. On PS3 about the same. On my Alienware, about a minute and a half.
On the Origin? Two seconds. We counted it, two seconds, on the LAPTOP.
According to one of the people standing in line with me, the laptop was probably cheaper than my Alienware, which pisses me right off.
So, what I want to know is, do you have any experience with Origin computers, and what are your thoughts? Is it worth saving up for one and selling the Alienware, or just sticking with what I've got?
I use my laptop for gaming and for art, including using programs such as Blender etc. So I need a laptop that can handle resource intensive programs, I've had my Alienware almost a year now, it is already beginning to fuck up and just four months in it was actually shutting down randomly, all on it's own. I have reset my laptop twice to combat a few issues, like slowness, programs not responding (when a week ago they worked perfectly), and other things.
So yeah, Origin vs Alienware?
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Alienware is heavily overrated and especially overpriced. You pay for the brand.
That Skyrim test doesn't say much... that the XBox loses is no surprise, and Origin vs Alienware... one probably had an SSD the other one didn't, and it can be influenced by a couple of things. You need to know the hardware, save points, cached data, etc.
Now, what to buy... if it's for studies and work, then I'd buy neither. Better get a good business laptop. Something that's made to work with and getting carried around all the time. If you have a heavy laptop made out of cheap plastic which is meant as desktop replacement system, then you don't need to be surprised if moving it all the time quickly makes problems.
Well, you talked about PAX and Skyrim... so I assume that you wanna play with them. I've always had a separate desktop computer for this because I hate gaming on notebooks, so I can't really recommend anything. But going only by the performance, then both brands probably have similar products. If you care about loading times, make sure they use an SSD. Today they all should have enough RAM anyway so that's no issue.
For GPU, make sure they have at least a GTX 1060 built in. The new generation is almost as fast as their desktop counterparts. For gaming, you should have a regular CPU and not an ULV version.0