Gateway P-171XL FX

Gateway P-171XL FX

For the last 10 years or so, I have been an apple guy. I mean even when I am working on development at ThisNext, all of my skills amplified by the power Mac pro that sits under my desk. So when came time to purchase a new computer, apple was the first stored I walked into. So why the change, I need some hardware that would support my 3D animation habits and my need to get another high-end mobile gaming machine. The 171XL sports a nice SATA matrix raid configuration setup, not a true hardware raid, but gets the job done for non-techies. That means faster reads and writes to the hard drives for data, or setting up a mirror for backing up all that important data. Some other important features of this notebook is the gfx card powering the display of this beast. Currently the NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800M GTS sits under the hood and gives you the mobile power to run the most demanding games. (Crysis included) added on to this that there is a hdmi port on the side, playing gears on my 50+ HDTV has never been so fun. Add in the Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor, 3 gigs of ram and the full-size keyboard, you are looking at a great desktop replacement. Besides the games, switching my development style from a mac to windows again was not as bad as I thought. Most people may want to opt for xp on this machine, however Gateway currently do not offer configurable options. e.g. you get what you see on the site. With all of that said vista is great once tweak, which there are great articles all over the web for that. To round out the great things about this machine are: chip set, hard drives, gfx card, quiet and cool even under high loads, and even the latest version of vista...yes i said it so what. The other great thing about this machine is that if you dont want to spend the $3000, you have option with this machine. If you dont mind voiding your warranty, you can opt to buy a lower end fx and upgrade every piece I mention out side of the gfx card. Some points to remember, this machine is heavy (10LBS) and battery is not going to last you 5 hours here. But to me this all small things compared to what you get. Don't let the name scare you, Gateways are better ever since Acer purchased them, make sure you take a look at them if you are in the market for a new computer.