One thing I dislike about my Alienware laptop is the fact that the volume control isn’t a smooth fade on/fade off. It’s a jumpy fade on fade off. The other problem is the sub woofer speaker mounted on the bottom of the laptop only is either on or off and that make it really hard to get the sound to sound right. I wish I could just shut it off independently if I couldn’t make it operate on the volume control. It’s like you start to slowly turn it on and all of a sudden the bass speaker pops on with all this bass vibrating sound. And it’s mounting on the bottom of the laptop on the right so it sounds all unbalanced too. And then it makes all the other parts rattle on the laptop and really makes the sound sound awful. So all in all I wouldn’t go for the small sub woofer.