I love my Alienware laptop, I do. It's an awesome, powerful machine. But, as of late, I've not been very active in gaming on my laptop. Let me also preface that I use laptops because of my kids running around, no place for a desk with desktop wires all over on the first floor. Plus, I lost my man cave. =( Damn kids!
I recently purchased a 13" MacBook, to have something small to use for generic things: check email, websites, Quicken, etc. I'm using BootCamp to use Windows when I need to (Quicken, for example.) Sometimes I just don't feel like using the 11lb M17x beast to check things like Quicken, or email.
While using Bootcamp, for shits and giggles I decided to install Fallout 3 and GTA: SA. I was shocked to see how nicely it ran. On a 13" with Medium settings, it really wasn't that bad (I'm not an HD snob, if that means why I didn't care if it was medium or high.) So this got me to thinking: do I really need the Alienware?
Now I know what people might be thinking: "Dumbass! Just keep both."
My original idea for this setup was to do just that. Have the Alienware for gaming, and the MacBook for menial shit. But for some reason, more and more I'm finding myself wanting to use OSX than Windows, and I'm just not using the Alienware for anything right now. Seeing as though Steam and Valve games are coming to Mac, and I can always boot to Windows if I wanted to play a Windows only game...I had thoughts of selling the 13" Macbook, and the 17" Alienware to pay for a 17" Macbook Pro.
This would be perfect for on the go gaming. Sure it might not be the best desktop replacement (as I type this on an M17x,) but it's perfect if you're always on the move, and you wanna bring your (offline) Steam games with you.