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Dell's World of Warcraft Laptop

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the so-many-jokes dept.

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Psychor writes "Dell has released a high specification new laptop complete with World of Warcraft branding (Horde and Alliance versions available). With a starting price of $4,499 it's not cheap, but does feature SLI graphics and AGEIA PhysX technology (a laptop first). RAID and solid state storage are also options." Unfortunately for purchasers, the laptop won't boot on tuesday mornings until early afternoon, and some days you just won't be able to log in.

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338 comments

Is this really needed? (5, Insightful)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585009)

Given that World of Warcraft used to run just fine on my old P4 2.0ghz with 512 RAM and a Geforce 4, why on earth would I want to spend such a ludicrous sum of money on a laptop to play it with? I know that Burning Crusade was a little harder on systems than the original game and that Lich King is likely to be slightly more so, but we're still not talking about a game on the cutting edge of technology here. Even cheap, off-the-peg PCs bought in the last two or three years should be able to run it just fine. World of Warcraft relies more on design than technology for its visual appeal.

Crysis? Sure, I can see that people could need an expensive upgrade to play that (I know I would - although after playing the first 2 hours, I'm not convinced the game is worth it)... but not World of Warcraft.

That said, I can see some redeeming value here, provided they design it so that the Horde laptop randomly crashes and reboots, mysteriously formats your hard drive at regular intervals, sends filthy e-mails to your mother and electrocutes your dog.

Re:Is this really needed? (5, Funny)

SatanicPuppy (611928) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585039)

Would the Alliance laptop not be able to boot unless it outnumbered the Horde laptops 2 to 1? ;)

Re:Is this really needed? (5, Funny)

RedACE7500 (904963) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585469)

The Alliance laptop would need a higher level laptop to help it boot up.

Re:Is this really needed? (1)

flitty (981864) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585603)

Comments like these make me wish I hadn't spent all my mod points.

Re:Is this really needed? (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585065)

So you can watch the resale value of it plummet as it is superseded both by new technologies and new trends in MMOs?

Re:Is this really needed? (1)

Fizzl (209397) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585309)

Who resells computers anyway?
I have like of box full of shit from last two decades in my attic. My upgrade cycle used to go like:
1. Upgrade PC
2. Demote old parts to the bedroom PC
3. Demote old parts to the file server
4. Demote old parts to that box in the attic

When you get to the step 4, the parts are of no worth to anyone. And for some reason I cannot get myself to just trash them :)

Nowadays I only buy laptops thou. The last one I sold, because it took so long in Acer warranty service that I had to buy a new one while waiting, and I don't need two.

I wonder what kind of task awaits my current laptop when I will upgrade...

Re:Is this really needed? (5, Funny)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585555)

When you get to the step 4, the parts are of no worth to anyone.

I disagree, they have a use. For example, I've still got my old ZX Spectrum. I showed it to my son last year, and he asked me in all seriousness where the dvd's went in. Then I mentioned the memory capacity (oh how awesome 48k was back then..) and he looked at me like it was time for me to visit the 'special' home.

Ok so the use was to make me feel old and look silly, but it's still a use..

Re:Is this really needed? (0, Redundant)

SevenHands (984677) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585155)

Exactly my thought. Would SLI make that much of a difference to this game?

Re:Is this really needed? (1)

Fozzyuw (950608) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585311)

Exactly my thought. Would SLI make that much of a difference to this game?

Yes. At least, when I stopped playing almost a year ago, when I bought my new Dell XPS system and played WoW with all the settings nearly maxed (I STILL couldn't max out all settings on a Duel-core system with GForce 7800 GTX and 2GB ram) the graphics quality was night and day from playing on my old P3 Inspiron notebook.

Sure, WoW can be played on low-end systems, but it's infinitely more beautiful on high-end systems. Moon/Sun reflections on water and roads. Much better water effects. Better shadowing and anti-aliasing. Longer view-distances. etc.

SLI will be fine as it will allow you to crank up the settings to max without suffering from poor framerates. So, is this laptop worth it? No. Is it a wet-dream? Yes and if you have the money to burn, go for it. It'll probably be a great laptop that lasts you a good 5+ years running high-end games. But do you want the "theme" skins? Dell owns Alienware. If you're going to drop $4.5k, you might just want to get one of those, it's going to have the same stuff (eventually) and it will have a universally cool case.

Cheers,
Fozzy

Re:Is this really needed? (2, Funny)

shadowrat (1069614) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585413)

While World of Warcraft is not that demanding on hardware, there are plenty of other games that are.

There isn't any stipulation that WoW is the only game you can play on this. It's simply a high end gaming laptop that happens to be WoW themed.

Or maybe some people just want to play WoW on a laptop that can also handle Vista Aero :P

Re:Is this really needed? (1)

3chuck3 (512455) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585417)

Ie, NO. WoW runs just fine on my Del D400 ultra-portable lappy, Intel Intergrated graphics, 1.5GHz P-Moble, 1.5GHz Ram.

they are right on about not being able to login on Tues Morning or sometimes not at all.

Re:Is this really needed? (5, Funny)

RedACE7500 (904963) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585501)

Is your 1.5 GHz Ram running a 1.21 Jigawatts?

Re:Is this really needed? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585477)

That said, I can see some redeeming value here, provided they design it so that the Horde laptop randomly crashes and reboots, mysteriously formats your hard drive at regular intervals, sends filthy e-mails to your mother and electrocutes your dog.

A $100 copy of Windows XP on any computer will do that just fine.

Yeah you are right... (1)

TobyWong (168498) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585543)

...they should have just released a WoW Special Edition P4 2.0ghz with 512 RAM and a Geforce 4 instead.

Makes perfect sense.

Re:Yeah you are right... (2, Insightful)

RogueyWon (735973) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585607)

Or perhaps a Crysis/CoD4/anything-that-might-actually-challenge-a-modern-PC branded uber-laptop, mmm?

It's no secret that its the fps market that drives the top-end gaming PCs market. MMORPGs such as WoW are generally designed to be relatively undemanding, to maximise the player-base. A cynic might suggest that it is those who are time-rich but cash-poor (to put it euphemistically) who are the most reliable market for these games, so forcing an expensive upgrade doesn't make sense.

Re:Is this really needed? (1)

sathran (1098719) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585639)

You do realize that it isn't an arcade, right?
You can play whatever game you want regardless of the theme they apply to it.

Multiboxing. (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585743)

The last challenge after getting any number of characters to level 70 for an old school RPG/CRPG/MMORPGer like myself is multiboxing. For the most part WOW is pretty dead easy. Its designed to be that way, very much like the original CRPGs.

The thing with multiboxing is that you can put together a team of two or more characters and run your own team; just like the old CRPG days. The challenge becomes in cooridination and reacting. Learning the ins and outs of the script and macro languages. Even learning how to get all your hardware to work together.

there are some who run ten at a time. I currently run three on an iMac just fine. Its loads of fun and learning to coordinate three completely different characters is quite the challenge.

Still, this notebook is really just a big buy in to future BETA testing. See that one little note buried in the features?

Credit where credit is due (-1, Troll)

uofitorn (804157) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585031)

I wonder where the submitter heard about this? Oh yeah: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/12/05/dell_world_of_warcraft_notebook/ [reghardware.co.uk]

Re:Credit where credit is due (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585075)

It's the Internet, and your crappy ad-farm doesn't own the news story. Don't be so butthurt.

Re:Credit where credit is due (1)

theantipop (803016) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585275)

As noted above, no ad-whoring hardware news site owns the internet. I happened to hear of this on Engadget [engadget.com] . Considering the site you linked just posted the story this morning, I doubt the submitter actually saw it there first.

Re:Credit where credit is due (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585325)

www.reghardware.co.uk is hardly an ad whore news site. It's part of "The Register" set of sites, a fairly well known IT news site thats been around for years and has been linked to from \. many times as well.

Re:Credit where credit is due (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585843)

Oh right, I guess it's all the whoring ads that threw me off.

$4500? (5, Funny)

RandoX (828285) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585037)

For that price it should come with a lifetime subscription. Actually, it might just be cheaper to switch to meth.

Re:$4500? (5, Funny)

securityfolk (906041) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585119)

Nah, $4500 in meth-dollars is ~1 year (or substantially less), and you'll only *think* you're a level 70 warlock ;)

Re:$4500? (1)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585213)

Well, assuming you take one hit per day, and using the numbers found here [kci.org] , you'd be looking at a cost of $5640 per year for your meth enjoyment.

Hmm - new laptop, internet connection, subscription fees, expansion packs... it's a toss-up, really.

Re:$4500? (5, Funny)

Peter Cooper (660482) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585273)

You mean, as opposed to the millions of fat, bearded slobs on WOW who are "level 70 warlocks" for real? :)

Re:$4500? (4, Funny)

hackus (159037) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585721)

As a Non Fat, Local bearded slob Level 70 Warlock, I find myself offended.

Siphon Life, Curse of Agony, Corruption and Immolation on you!

Your going to die any minute now....

-Hack

Re:$4500? uh no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585815)

uhhhh meth won't ever make you think your a lvl70 whatever the f... if you know nothing about it its better to stay silent.

Re:$4500? (1)

cecil36 (104730) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585195)

I'd rather spend this amount and trade in my car for FOUR WHEELS OF FURY!!!!!

Re:$4500? (2, Funny)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585511)

I'd rather spend this amount and trade in my car for FOUR WHEELS OF FURY!!!!!
You misspelled furry.

Re:$4500? (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585271)

You can probably hire someone to haul around your computer for less than that. Carrying this thing would probably give you a workout too, which you'll need after just sitting on your duff all evening. I couldn't find any specs on the size and weight, I'm guessing 2" or thicker, and about 12lb. At least, after sitting on your duff all evening, 12lb is going to feel like a serious workout.

Re:$4500? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585373)

I'm somewhat puzzled why it costs so much. I bought an Inspiron from Dell a few months ago, and I know the XPSs are built to take it more than Inspirions, but Jesus.

Horde Intel® Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T7500 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB, 4MB Cache)
Genuine Windows Vista® Ultimate Edition
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz
Speed: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (7200RPM)
CD / DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945 a/g Mini Card
High Definition Audio 2.0
17inch UltraSharp TrueLife Wide-screen WUXGA
512MB Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® 8700M GT with NVIDIA® SLI®
NO MOBILE BROADBAND CRD
85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Battery

for $4500 seems like a crapload for a laptop when I bought this Inspiron for $1600.

Intel® Core(TM) 2 Duo T7300 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/4MB cache)
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
160G 7200RPM SATA HDD
CD / DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW Drive)
Broadcom wireless card (but I clearly remember the Intel card was an extra $25, I just forgot to select it)
High Definition Audio 2.0
High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch display (1680x1050)
256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 8600M GT
85Whr Lithium Ion Battery (9 cell)

I mean, damn, the only really significant differences are the larger screen, superior video card, and better cooling and whatnot. How did that turn into an extra $3000 bucks? I was expecting some kind of mobile quad-core 4GB RAM monster.

Re:$4500? (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585407)

For that price you could buy a real sword and armor.

"Lighting bolt! Lightning bolt!"

Yikes! (5, Funny)

slap20 (168152) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585041)

Wow plays fine on my current machine, and it would be nice to play it on a laptop, but for $4500.00 I can pay a sherpa to carry my desktop where ever I go.

Oh, wow... (5, Funny)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585043)

LEEEEEEEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOY'S laptop!

(click here [wikipedia.org] if you didn't get it)

Re:Oh, wow... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585465)

Well, I didn't get it but the mere fact you had to explain it kills it right off.

And it wasn't funny either way.

This laptop makes a real statement... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585061)

"I'm going to die broke, and a virgin!"

Re:This laptop makes a real statement... (3, Funny)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585305)

Q: What kind of hooker you can get for 4500 dollars?
A: The kind that will make you wonder why anyone would spend that much money on a WOW-branded computer.

PS: that's 1 4500-dollar hooker, or 4500 1-dollar hookers...

Re:This laptop makes a real statement... (1)

PlatyPaul (690601) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585313)

Or, possibly, "My wife/husband will kill me when she/he sees the UPS guy deliver this."

I mean, there's a reason why these [gamerwidow.com] sorts [yahoo.com] of sites exist.

(and no, honey, I didn't order one... please put down the hammer....)

Best summary ever? (1, Funny)

Jason1729 (561790) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585107)

Unfortunately for purchasers, the laptop won't boot on tuesday mornings until early afternoon, and some days you just won't be able to log in.

That was great.

Re:Best summary ever? (1)

klngarthur (1114085) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585133)

wow and i thought apple over charged for laptops. Even without using any solid state drives or software you can easily get the price of that thing over $6k

Re:Best summary ever? (4, Funny)

SevenHands (984677) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585189)

How can you tell a WoW addict apart from the rest of the geeks? They don't bother calling in sick on Tuesdays!

Massive Overkill (1)

RaigetheFury (1000827) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585127)

I agree with RogueWon, this is insane overkill. I play World of Warcraft all the time, in end game raids with 25 people easy. This laptop is definitely not worth the cost. The laptop is nice but if you wait 6 months the same laptop will be half the price. This is a situation where it's like someone paying $5000 for a purse just because it's made by Gucci.

There's no reason other than bragging rights and honestly in computer games, It doesn't matter at all.

Hmmm (3, Insightful)

scubamage (727538) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585129)

Given that it basically comes with both collectors editions (either of which can fetch upwards of 1200-1500$ on ebay), as well as a beta ticket for upcoming betas, this is a pretty good deal. I wish I could afford it. Not just for WoW either, with a physics accelerator and the SLI'd graphics this a pretty beastly desktop replacement.

Re:Hmmm (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585269)

Given that it basically comes with both collectors editions (either of which can fetch upwards of 1200-1500$ on ebay), as well as a beta ticket for upcoming betas, this is a pretty good deal if you're the kind of sad loser who would spend $1200 on a video game.
.

And that's before we even get into the relative merits of a video game that has thousands of quests that only fall into the four basic categories of "take item/person from point A to point B", "kill X number of monsters", "bring me X number of monster pieces" and "talk to that guy over there". Or the fact that World of Warcraft's graphics would run fine on an off-the-shelf Best Buy clunker with on board video.

Not just for WoW either, with a physics accelerator and the SLI'd graphics this a pretty beastly desktop replacement.


Any self-respecting lunatic who's into building these insanely high-end laptops isn't going to trust the job to Dell.

Re:Hmmm (5, Insightful)

scubamage (727538) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585495)

*shrug* I see people spending tens of thousands of dollars "pimping their rides" when a gremlin or a pinto can do the job. I enjoy what I enjoy, and its not really important what anyone else thinks about it. Crackheads spend their money on crack, audiophiles spend their money on audio, movie buffs spend money on movies, I'm a gamer and I choose to spend my money on a game. To each his own.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585533)

There's a lesson here about perceived value versus real value, before even getting into technical things like battery life.

Re:Hmmm (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585591)

I'm kind of curious about battery life myself. With a solid state drive, since everything is using a mobile chipset (mobile graphics, mobile physics chipset) I think the battery consumption would actually be pretty low. However its also powering a 17" screen which is pretty monstrous, and I can only imagine cooling and all the fancy-schmancy LEDs will eat up battery power. Given the machine though, like I said I think this is meant to be more of a desktop replacement than a serious road warrior machine.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585565)

"Not just for WoW either, with a physics accelerator and the SLI'd graphics this a pretty beastly desktop replacement."

Whats a physics acceletor? Is it like those large magnetic rings that they use to acclerate particles to near light speed?
From the price tag you'd think so..

Re:Hmmm (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585635)

Physics accelerators are kind of like fancy math coprocessors from back in the day. Basically it allows your CPU to offload otherwise cpu/gpu intensive physics and geometry calculations to a specialized chip so the processors can worry about more important things. A lot of newer games can utilize them (Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter and CoD:4 for example). They're pretty cool, and allow for a lot more detail in scenery.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585567)

Bearing in mind that it comes with the Collector's Ed upgrade certificates as opposed to the actual Collector's Eds of the game, you are incorrect in saying that this is a good deal.

This is a very powerful, but horrificly expensive machine that we in merry olde England get for half the listed price ;)

Re:Hmmm (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585661)

I think you're still getting all of the same items though, maybe just not with the boxes. If you read the complete listing it says that it includes all of the warcraft comics, novels, posters, art books, behind the scenes DVDs, etc - most of this was stuff included with the collectors editions, and a lot that wasn't. If you're a Warcraft fan in general its pretty cool.

Re:Hmmm (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585725)

ermm... why would the CE edition of Burning Crusade fetch upwards of $1200-1500 on eBay? Last I checked, my local Fry's still had stacks of the things for standard retail price.

Battery life? (2, Interesting)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585151)

Anyone know what sort of battery life this thing gets? : p

Re:Battery life? (3, Funny)

beavis88 (25983) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585185)

It has a battery?

Re:Battery life? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585217)

It doesn't use a battery anymore. The laptop runs on the Mr. Fusion from the back to the future movies.

Re:Battery life? (5, Funny)

navygeek (1044768) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585221)

Doesn't really matter. Once it dies you just have to wait for it to respawn at a graveyard and run back to your desk.

Re:Battery life? (5, Funny)

Pop69 (700500) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585341)

It's not actually that ba

Re:Battery life? (1)

mikestro (60854) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585397)

Battery? Probably more like a litle UPS inside.

Re:Battery life? (1)

aicrules (819392) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585425)

No battery, it runs on solid fuel rockets.

Re:Battery life? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585549)

Anyone know what sort of battery life this thing gets? : p
You only care about battery life if you want to go Outside. This is for WOW addicts.

About time (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585153)

I couldn't agree more with the sentiment behind this. To be honest, I think it's just what we needed. Granted, the situation could have been better [snipurl.com] applied [snipurl.com] than it was but heck it's a start at least. We should just be thankful for the grace we have been given I suppose.

Re:About time (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585675)

Don't click the links in the parent - they redirect to a shock site that spawns a load of windows.

Well.. (1)

DeeQ (1194763) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585167)

I know plenty of gamers that play WoW and other games. Its aimed for those people who need more than what can run WoW to run newer games. Just a gimick to try to sell more gaming laptops even though playing games on laptops is horrible.

Imagine... (0, Offtopic)

jo42 (227475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585173)

...a beowulf cluster of these laptops...

[someone had to say it :]

Hmph.. (0)

moogied (1175879) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585199)

I wonder if this was built by Gnomish engineers, or goblin engineers?

See, thats why Slashdot needs a "-1: Lame Joke" option.

Re:Hmph.. (3, Funny)

faloi (738831) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585261)

I think it boils down to which battery was used. Sony batteries are obviously from the goblins.

Awesome (1)

Futile Rhetoric (1105323) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585209)

Would anyone want to be seen with one of these? Really? Plus, how much life are you going to get on a charge, thirty minutes? A laptop which has to be plugged in all the time sort of defeats the purpose of buying one in the first place. Ah well, MMORPG junkies need bling too, I guess.

Strange Wording (1)

avalean (1176333) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585225)

World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade and all major game patches
They probably mean the latest patch. Having the .exe files for all the major game patches would be a major waste of space. Also why would you need both the original and BC, last i recalled if you didn't have the BC expansion, the BC client would just limit you to what you can do.

Ever wonder why it's nicknamed Warcrack? (3, Funny)

downix (84795) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585245)

Egads, this is getting rediculous. Eventually they'll start selling the Warcraft car, the Warcraft home, and even the Warcraft refrigerator, so you never have to give up your Warcraft addition for pesky things like driving to the grocery store or having a life.

Re:Ever wonder why it's nicknamed Warcrack? (4, Funny)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585535)

You'll never see Warcraft suntan lotion though.

In europe (0, Offtopic)

RogerWilco (99615) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585251)

In europe we sleep on wednesday from 3:00-11:00, not tuesdays, you insensitive clod!

wow.. (2, Insightful)

seheart (1137717) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585255)

Are you kidding me? I like Dell's cheap machines and love Warcraft, but if you wanted to sell a lot of them, they wouldn't price them so high. You're trying to sell these to gamers not investment bankers. Way overpriced.

Re:wow.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585371)

You do realize in my end-game raiding guild there is an investment banker, and a high roller lawyer. (they both make well into 6 figures).

Re:wow.. (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585695)

Do you have an astronaut and a Nobel prize winner too by any chance?

Re:wow.. (1)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585491)

ou're trying to sell these to gamers not investment bankers. Way overpriced.


Given that most WOW addicts have little to no job (it gets in the way of playing), money will be tight...

Re:wow.. (1)

seheart (1137717) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585539)

so very true. its acually sad to see people on there as much as they are. GET A JOB!

Progress of graphics-power docking station again? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585295)

Somewhat off-topic, anyone know the progress of the concept for having a mains-powered docking station with high powered graphics card inside, and then a barebones laptop? I saw this half a year ago being sketched out.

Don't forget the added Bonus! (1)

netglen (253539) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585297)

Your brand new Dell laptop comes pre-installed with Blizzard's very own spyware.

An Extra bonus: (0, Offtopic)

veddermatic (143964) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585331)

Topical Rogaine is included in the backpack to really fill out your neckbeard.

Re:An Extra bonus: (1)

Hoi Polloi (522990) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585597)

You're thinking of the Richard Stallman model.

Why? (1)

_14k4 (5085) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585355)

WoW runs fine on my p4 with 768meg of ram, running Ubuntu Gutsy and wine...

bleh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585359)

im glad i quit mmo's.

imagine how much time you dump into that garbage?

even if you spent all your spare time picking up gum off sidewalks youd at least have something (a big ass ball of gum?) to show for your life.

if you mmo, let me let you in on something i'm sure you've pondered.

i remember when kunark had just come out for eq1. i saw alot of my friends ruin their lives playing this game (one dropped out of college so he could play full time, he was 2 weeks away from graduating a chemist). sure, i played it alot myself. multiple times. but at the end of the day, all you have are intangible pixels that will mean absolutely nothing 1 month from the day you loot them off the mobs corpse.

please. for your sake, and for the sake of the inhabitants of this world-- put your pixel addiction behind you. go do something productive (get a big ass ball of gum?).

Golds. There are never enough. (3, Funny)

coolhaus (186994) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585377)

Costs as much as an epic flying mount, fer chrissakes!

Apple not so expensive anymore... (2, Insightful)

mnslinky (1105103) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585379)

So, I run WoW on my MacBook Pro CoreDuo (not the Core 2 Duo), and it's graphics are all maxed out in options, and I still pull around 39fps. My laptop only cost me a $3,000.

Seriously, fully spec'd, that Dell WoW lappy maxes out at around $6400! WTF?

Huh? (2, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585381)

Unfortunately for purchasers, the laptop won't boot on tuesday mornings until early afternoon, and some days you just won't be able to log in.

OK, this might be an in-joke for you WOW players, but, honestly ... WTF???

Strange random stuff shows up in summaries, but this is probably one of the more arcane ones.

Cheers

Re:Huh? (4, Informative)

Evangelion (2145) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585445)

It's not that arcane. All the WoW realms go down most tuesdays for regular maintenance.

Re:Huh? (5, Informative)

KeatonMill (566621) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585587)

Tuesday mornings (US time) are when Blizzard does weekly maintenance on its servers. As for the logging in, the authentication server occasionally crashes meaning that while players who are already logged in can continue playing, no one else can start.

Re:Huh? (1)

gabrygenoa (854128) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585677)

> Unfortunately for purchasers, the laptop won't boot on tuesday mornings until early afternoon, > and some days you just won't be able to log in. This if you live in USA, europeans will be unable to login wednesday :) ... Yes it's a joke for wow players since tuesday morning (in USA) and wednesday (in EU) there is the weekly server maintenance :)

Re:Huh? (2)

mnslinky (1105103) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585733)

WoW server maintenance takes place from 3:00am to 11:00am PST every tuesday. In regard to the log in comment, WoW is plagued with random login problems with their authentication servers.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585803)

TUESDAY = Patch Day!

Usually they intend for the servers to up by 11AM PST. In reality it's more like 1-2PM PST.

WOW mouse? (2, Funny)

threaded (89367) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585395)

Does it come with a WOW mouse? I guess it would look something like a hedgehog on steroids...

Why a Laptop? (1)

iregisteredjustforth (1155123) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585405)

Surely the countless hours you are going to spend playing the game should be spent on a desktop computer, not huddled round a laptop with a tiny mouse and keyboard?

Re:Why a Laptop? (1)

GiMP (10923) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585637)

I actually prefer playing WoW on my laptop. I have a keybinding for literally every key on my keyboard, and use the trackpad to minimize movement of my mouse hand. Using a mouse, there is much more hand movement and thus a slower reaction time.

Raid Options (2, Interesting)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585457)

Rather than just raid 0 drives, they also have an option for a 64GB Flash drive, and 200GB second hard drive. This looks like an interesting idea. Get the speed and power savings of a flash drive, and the second drive can spin up and store more when you need it to, then go back to sleep.

Re:Raid Options (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585671)

They got rid of the raid 0 drives when they realized players were complaining. "I've been on all weekend. Where is this raid 0 and what cool loot does it have?"

Slashvertisement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21585503)

This just doesn't seem like "stuff that matters" to me. No new hardware, just some marketing and some stickers.

As both a WoW player and Dell owner I ask, why is this important?

Goldfarming... (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585593)

Great, now WoW has people goldfarming IRL for this thing.

The rell Dell WoW laptop (3, Informative)

ACMENEWSLLC (940904) | more than 6 years ago | (#21585857)

Dell has a Vostro for around $800 US right now which would play WoW very well.

Go here;
http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/vostronb_1500?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~tab=bundlestab [dell.com]

Select the smart buy unit and customize the video card & select the 8600GT with 256MB of RAM. Bare in mind this is the DDR2 and not the DDR3 version, so it's not a super quick 8600GT but it's plenty fast for WoW.

The normal site has it for $729 right now. Corporate customers can get a better deal.

Take it to a 2.0Ghz dual core, 2GB RAM standard, the 7200 120MB HD, BlueTooth and the webcam -- a better gaming build, and you are just under $1000.

That's one hell of a deal for decent casual (not extreme) gaming machine..
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