Alienware M11X kicks it up a notch.
Alienware M11X kicks it up a notch.
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Dell’s Alienware comes out swinging yet again with their recent update on their already amazing M11X.  Some basic specs on this computer are that you can now get this computer with an Intel Core i5 or Core i7.  This effectively breaks down all conceptions of what a netbook is able to do.  The original model came with a Core 2 Duo 1.6 (SU7300 / 1.3GHz) which is more than enough for your typical user.  But who are we kidding, you don’t buy an Alienware to perform normal computing duties.  This recent upgrade is the answer to many current users pleas that the CPU is the main bottleneck in the system.  A Core i5 or i7 removes said bottleneck, and lets you get your game on with little to no limitations.  The screen has an 11.6 diagonal at a resolution of 1366X768 with a 16:9 aspect ratio.  Also included is an A/B/G/N wireless card, and you can get it on a 3G network if you want to go in that direction.  Dell also is reported to have included Nvidia’s Optimus on their GPU which seamlessly switches between using the CPU for graphics, to the discrete graphics card when you are gaming or using applications that would tax the CPU to hard.  The original design only allowed you to switch between integrated and discrete with a keystroke combinations and other tweaks, for a general clumsy experience.  But Optimus removes this problem and lets the system do the work for you.  Combine that with the choice of dropping in a 256GB SSD and up to 8GB of memory, and you have yourself one lean mean machine.  You also have a HDMI,VGA, and Display Port if you want to output video to a TV or monitor.

All this can be had for under $1000 if you go with a i5 and slightly over that if you go with a i7.  There is a big jump in price once you add a SSD to the configuration, but my recommendation would be to give this upgrade a try yourself.  You can save a lot of money and probably wont void your warranty.  So the hardest part about this machine is not the limitations on games your throw at it, but convincing your wife that this is a worth while investment of about $1200.  Just eat Ramen noodles for a few months.  Simple.

-Marcus Espenlaub

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