Path to Mars #986: Alienware

Take me to your PC.

I admit it.

The first time I watched The Big Bang Theory, I nearly choked on my popcorn. Not because of the amusing premise, or the pithy physics jokes aimed at a general audience. I nearly died when I saw that Sheldon Cooper had the laptop of my dreams. The one I had been dreaming about for a whole year, which is easily 45 laptop years.

Sheldon and his Dell Alienware XPS M1710

Alienware. In Nebula Red.

I still get a little shiver when I think about it.

Is it the heady power of the Intel® Core™ i7 Processor? Or the sexy NVIDIA graphics? Maybe it’s the AlienTouch pad, which turns every user into the Touch Pad Whisperer. Everything about this rig is heaven to nerdy gamers. But here’s the funny thing. I’m not a gamer. Nope. But I love aliens, beautiful design, and a strong processor to support my work and space play (uh – this blog).

Most of all, I love great lighting.  It’s what makes me want to nibble on nebulas like cotton candy. And it’s what makes Alienware so tempting. Not since I lived in Japan have I seen such a beautiful illuminated keyboard and touchpad that changes colours at my whim. And don’t even get me started on that glowing alien head on the cover.

Sadly, Sheldon’s 17 inch XPS model no longer exists. If you did want to purchase one, you’d have to pony up a fair amount for the M17X model (I compromised and went for the cheaper non-Alienware Studio XPS with simple white backlighting). If you can’t afford a new and expensive laptop, not to fear. There are glowing keyboards for purchase with two-zone lighting (be still my heart), prêt-à-porter Alienware carry cases for the business geek, or free wallpapers for your current dusty desktop.

If you really want to geek out, join their gaming community, or be a regular pal and like their Facebook page. If you’ve been doing your homework, and read my last post, you can follow them on Twitter.

Sheldon would be proud.

Blast Off!


About Renate Pohl

Theatre Designer, Space and Stained Glass Artist, Writer.
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