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To say that I am disappointed with my Alienware purchase would be a complete understatement.I purchase their "premier desktop" product at the end of 2009.

One week after the, almost $7,000, PC arrived at I started having problems and immediately requested a refund which they did not honor despite their 30 day money back warranty at the end of their support book. After an exhaustive list of issues that including: blue screening, BIOS setup issues, power supply noise, video card issues and then the crowning moment when my hard disk crash and I lost almost a month's worth of work, I shipped it back to Alienware (Dell) for repairs. I have worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and never have had this many problems with any electronic device or an experience so bad. In fact the customer experience has been so poor that I went out and bought an Apple notebook (btw, much better product).

After 3 weeks I received the "repaired" product back from Alienware only to find that I still have clocking issue, my PC requires hard resets to reboot, sometimes will not reboot, some strange clicking noise in the machine, Windows messaging informing me that the computer restart was an abnormal restart, patches are not loading correctly, a power supply noise that sounds like 747 is taking off and to top it all off scratches all over the cover. I called back into support who informed me that I need to once again need to ship the product back for repairs. This process and poor quality product will equate to almost 6 - 8 weeks of downtime, probably close on 4 full days of my time to manage the process, replace devices, reinstall applications, etc. and 1 month's worth of business data that has lost.

As a customer I seldom complain as my time is valuable and there are other options available to me, but I feel it my obligation as a consumer to make a point here given what I feel is just blatant false advertising. I'm assume this is Dell maximizing margins by selling the same low quality items shipped under what USED to be a quality and performance brand.

I say to buyers out there do yourself a favor buy anything else … you going to get the same crappy parts from someone else, but it is going be at the ¼ the price.Lol … the machine now won't reboot, what a horrible product.

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ilan01

Sep 25, 2013 #721787 Lawrence, New York, United States

I have alienware m15x laptop doesn't have amd radeon hd 7970m 8gb ram 2.4ghz
I *** off alienware worst technology ever don't buy it go to cyberpowerpc unleashed the power

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Pissedaliencustomer

Oct 15, 2012 #555676

??? from livonia, michigan. You might be the best PC expert in the country, no the world. Your analysis without looking at the machine or the config is simply brilliant. No that’s the word I’m looking, ah yes, retarded was the word. If you have nothing to add of substance then don’t post a reply as you waste people time reading your dumb response. This machine is 100% stock standard Alienware, it is very simple … their product is ***

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Oct 15, 2012 #555628

pish posh 20 years? more like a nights worth of reaserch and a bad girfreind. any *** could see that you never actualy bought the alienware in the first place and second next time you try to upgrade to 16 GB RAM on a 32-bit system.... try to hide it a little better

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VonDoom

Feb 15, 2012 #430462

Hello Sam,

The following words should never be included in the same sentence as Alienware:

1. reliable
2. good
3. outstanding
4. issue free
5. high quality
6. great customer service
7. high quality parts
8. properly tested before shipping

You don't like how some people try to convince others not to buy a product, fine.
I don't like when an employee of a said company trolls forums just to improve the rating of a s**t company.
Your statement about about hearing many good things about alienware from other is as pointless as a toothpaste commercial: three out of five dentists prefer brand X. Which dentists? How about some phone numbers where we can call them...
Same thing goes here. Please provide links to the raving reviews from the many people who enjoyed their experience with alienware.
Sites that get paid for reviews don't count.

I for one am an ex owner of am alienware.
I owned one for 6 months. 4 of those months it spent being shipped back back and forth to the manufacturer for repairs. The never fixed all the outstanding issues with the laptop (BSOD's, random freezes, volume changing on it's own...)
After 6 months I was fed up and forced them to give me a refund.

I would sooner buy a mac than alienware (and I would sooner go swimming in the shark tank at the seaworld than buy a mac).
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Pissedaliencustomer

Feb 21, 2011 #251441

Did I mention the fact that the liquid cool pump rusts and then sounds like an airline jet taking off. The Xeno cards conflicts with the onboard card and everytime I reboot the machine I need to take out the video cable and plug it in again to get it to screen to show up and sometimes it will not do that until Windows loads so if u get a bluescreen, which it does all the time, you are screwed and need to bios config. Buy the machine if you want to become a PC technician as you will spending you days trying to get it to work.

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Pissedaliencustomer

Feb 21, 2011 #251436

I agree with CQ. I overpaid for a product whose entire positioning is around quality and service. I received neither. The list of issues since my last post has continued to grow. I purchased a 3 year warranty and service contract which they frankly have not honored so I am sitting with an expensive paperweight and my only recourse is litigate, which is too expensive for a PC. It is simply a poorly manufactured product with what seems to be the worst service of any electronic device I’ve ever purchased. I work in the IT industry and frankly Dell only caters to the enterprise customer, it does not give a *** about the home user other than screw us to make their margins. I completely disagree with Sam’s mindset the customers should keep quiet about these types of issues. These kinds of companies do not deserve to be in business or at very least should be forced to honor their positioning statements, if not force them to take their products off the market. According to Sam logic if 1/10 pacemakers failed we should not complain. I stick by my statement to all that read this … do yourself a favor and don’t buy Alienware you are wasting money and will become another “pissed consumer”!

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Rom

Feb 18, 2011 #250627

I agree with your review of Alienware, i've owned many types of computers, where I placed great care in the product. this experience has been a joke. I have had this for about 8 months, and:

1) The hinge is broken due to an engineering problem (google "m11x hinge"). I've been waiting for them to fix it/address it for weeks to months now. I've spent many unnecessary hours waiting to talk to CS or getting no useful help from Customer Service. I was hung up on twice by the their service team.

2) the computer shuts off on its own (even after turning off the accelerator). I spent hours trying to fix it with their service team. the technician they sent said he was confused and could not help me and to 'call back' to open another service issue.

3) even when purchasing the thing, it was close to a 3 hour process over the phone.

4) the computer feels 'junky'. The parts (side panels), hinge, stoppers, etc are made of a cheaper plastics, glues, and have already noticeably begun to fall apart.

5) i scheduled for the technician to come out, but the never came. that includes taking a whole day off, so I could be here for the 5 hour window they indicated.

As context, I had, cared for, and used a Dell XPS for 5 years straight with no issues due to my mishandling of the product. This is a clearly sub-quality product.

Buy another computer, and I would advise not an Alienware. It
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BigfatOtay

Jan 30, 2011 #242142

Got a M15x refurb unit, they sent the wrong one. Unit gets real hot under the case and rear exhaust. Bulky and heavy. Performance not any better than Everex XT5300T(3 year old laptop). Customer service not good at all on phone almost 2 hours. I agree with the previous post, laptops are way overpriced, your buying the name.

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Drew

Jan 20, 2011 #237951

i have had 2 alienware laptops m9750 and mx15. both dead, overheating isuues, broke hinge in the screen, video cards out. i spent over 5000dollars. will never buy a dalienware product again nor a dell product. a few of my friend have dell and hate them. had a gateway before that lasted 10yrs and is still going strong.

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Pissedaliencustomer

Aug 16, 2010 #176559

Well Sam, I've sent it in three times. I paid for a 3 year FULL SERVICE agreement. My wonderful Alienware continues to fail. Coll system and now the 2 X video cards switch randomly on bootup. If this is as you say the one out 1/10 product then why will Dell (Alineware) not replace the product that evidently is a lemon. Poor service and a poor product is just that. Again, don't buy Alienware, whether it is for their crappy product, broken promises, "1/10" gamble, poor service, or if you don't want to waste $7,000. If yous till feel you want to buy Alienware then I suggest buying a Dell machine for half the price. You'll get the exact same service \ ***.

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CQ

Aug 14, 2010 #175821

@ Sam...

Okay smart guy, google BBB's(Better Business Bureau) stance on Alienware,
BBB Rating for Alienware

Based on BBB files, Alienware has a BBB Rating of B on a scale from A+ to F.
Reasons for this rating include:

* 446 complaints filed against business.
I have literally found hundreds(possibly thousands) of individual complaints not filed with BBB but on forums,threads, official news posts, reseller reviews, etc against Alienware. You know what that tells me? Someone should have....
A.) researched before buying, and.....
B.) People like you that tell others not to complain rightfully are the reason that there are so many complaints.
If the Consumer pays for a service rendered and/or an item deferred in possession as advertised in accordance with Fair Trade Commission Laws governing a reseller's ability to offer sales and services in the first place, then the consumer should get exactly what they paid for. If the consumer is not happy due to a breach of original purchasing agreement or services not fully rendered, then it is looked highly upon for the allegedly wronged consumer to come forward and inform other potential consumers. The original poster wasnt telling you what to "boycott", only exercising his or her right to bring this complaint into public view and as well to state their opinion respectfully. They did as far as anyone is concerned, and if you do a little
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Sam

Jul 12, 2010 #163577

I don't like how people like you try and convince others to stay away from an outstanding product just because u and 1/10 of people who own alienware have problems. Not all of them have problems, ive heard many good things about alienware from other people who own products from them. If you didnt have a good experience with one, thats too bad, but don't tell people to boycot alienware.

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