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hi, do you tend to agree with top magazine's review of the best hardware in terms of notebooks, out there..
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2369981,00.asp

do you see any reason it may be unbiased.. i was surprised i did not see any lenovo in there and only two dell's.

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It appears the article is only considering features and battery life.

It does not take into account price, otherwise that Sony shouldn't be there at all. It also does not consider reliability, support, or longevity.

If all you care about are features, then it is still not fair. I would get an Alienware with dual SSDs for the price of the Vaio, or a Dell Lattitude or Lenova for comparable speed, less cost and higher reliability and better support.
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>>If all you care about are features, then it is still not fair. I would get an Alienware with dual SSDs for the price of the Vaio, or a Dell Lattitude or Lenova for comparable speed, less cost and higher reliability and better support.

what is the point here? in the context of what you are saying - what is the value of Alienware with respect to the other brands? is it that it is less appealing, because it is not a top brand, but still can get all what we get from the branded ones?
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The Vaio in the article was over $3,000. The flow of the article seemed to be for features. The rated the Vaio highly because it was an ultra-portable with dual SSDs and was oriented towards performance.

But why spend that much on a laptop that you can spend less and get more? For $2500 you can get an Alienware M17x with dual SSDs, an i7 instead of the i5, 8gb of Ram instead of the 4GB and a ATI 5870 instead of the integrated Intel on the Vaio.

The reviews are not fair, IMO because there is no common base between the systems, it does not say best for what reason. The battery and performance of some are great, others are poor, some are full size laptops, others are ultra portable, and performance per dollar is not even a consideration, just what features the reviewer liked for that model.
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keen insight and analysis- thanks athomsfere.
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