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Alienware goes ultraportable!!!

The Alienware we know has always churned the biggest and meanest machines which could put any famous case modder to shame. Even in the laptop segment Alienware designed heavy and powerful machines which in their own way could compete with desktop gaming rigs. The last area where you would expect the company to vie for a market share would be the ultraportables. But apparently Dell thinks otherwise.

Alienware’s M11x Ultraportable marks the entry of the company into ultraportable segment. Before you start wondering if Alienware has gone soft, the M11x is no toy. It is a wolf in a sheep’s clothing. Except for the form factor nothing is ultraportable in this baby. Here is a full spec sheet:

• Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 @ 1.73GHz
• 4GB of DDR3 RAM (800MHz)
• 11.6″ LCD (1366×768), LED Backlit
• Intel GMA4500M HD (IGP)
• NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M (Discrete)
• 500GB (7200RPM) Seagate Hard Drive
• 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
• No Optical Drive
• 1.3 megapixel webcam
• VGA output
• HDMI Output
• DisplayPort Output
• USB 2.0 x 3,Mini 1394a FireWire
• RJ-45 (Ethernet 10/100)
• Headphone x 2 / Mic Input Jack
• SD / MMC / SDHC Multimedia Card Reader
• SIM Card Slot
• Stereo Speakers
• 4.5 Pounds (with battery)
• Removable 8-Cell Li-ion Battery
• 11.25″ x 9.19″ x 1.29″ (Dimensions)
• Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

The metal casing is sturdy and gives a sense of strength and rigidity. As is the case with any Alienware laptop the keyboard is excellent with almost no flex . The trackpad too is nice and large. The keyboard is lit up with a bluish hue rather than the multi colour backlighting seen on some of the other Alienware laptops. The screen is crystal clear with displaying a wide gamut of colours in absolute clarity. The screen has a native resolution of 1366×768 which should suffice for all your gaming needs.

The M11x performed very well in the various benchmarking tests namely the 3D Mark Vantage. Its performance was comparatively lower compared to the newer core i3 powered laptops. Nevertheless it makes up for the performance lapse in the gaming arena thanks to its GeForce GT 335.

Battery life is pretty good considering the powerful components inside. Normal usage gave about 5 hours of battery life while intense online gaming gave a little over 2 hours.

The M11x is a very good laptop for the gamer on the move. The ultra small form factor and the powerful components are very appealing indeed. The lack of an optical drive is a letdown though considering it is built for gaming. Considering the fact that Alienware plans to get Optimus to the M11x soon this laptop sure is a very good option.

Lenovo Launches New Mutli-Touch Tablet The IdeaPad S10-3T

Lenovo has always managed to keep the average users interest hooked up on to their IdeaPad series while they let the ThinkPad series service the business class. Their latest release, the Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T Multi Touch tablet/Netbook, aims for the average ‘fun’ user rather than serious business class netbook users.

The S10-3T is one of the first netbooks to feature the new version of the Atom processor. The OS has been updated Windows 7 from the older XP which the series previously offered. The USP of this machine though is its ability to swivel the screen totally and fold it thus becoming Lenovo’s own iPad. Ok that may seem too far but nevertheless it does seem like a complete tablet. Here is a spec sheet which will give you an idea of the machine’s capabilities:

• Intel Atom N470 @ 1.83GHz, 667MHz FSB, 512KB cache
• 10.1” LCD, 1024×600 LED Backlight
• Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
• 250GB Seagate Momentus 5400.6 HD
• 802.11b/g/n Wi-fi
• 1.3 MP Webcam

For a full spec sheet you can head to the company’s website. The IdeaPad comes with a price tag of 649$ which is pretty high for the netbook standard. The question is, is the machine worth the hefty price even if it is a tablet netbook combo? We decided to go delve further into the machine’s capabilities.

The design is cool and funky. Lenovo has done a reasonably good job in spicing up the netbook while not going overboard. With a resolution of 1024×600 the netbook is very wide for its height. The build quality is average. The ports on the laptop include 2 USB, a memory card slot, an optional TV output and a VGA output. There is also an Ethernet jack and a wireless on/off switch. The inside of the netbook though doesn’t reflect the exterior designing. Once opened a bright white keyboard shows up with a ultra small size trackpad. The trackpad is the type found in the newer MacBook Pro with no button but you have to mash the corners to click. It also doesn’t support multi touch. This new idea though unique is not very user friendly. Drag and drop is almost an impossible task in this trackpad. The screen sports a gloss finish rather than a matte finish as we would have expected. The screen reflects a whole lot and is almost washed out outdoors.

Lenovo has done a commendable job with the touch interface. The touch is very responsive and the integrated accelerometer orients the screen in any direction you want. The IdeaPad ships with Windows 7 Home Premium and a host of other bloatware. It would have been much better had Lenovo thrown in a DVD instead of forcing the software upon us.

The new Atom processor and 2GB of Ram coupled with Windows 7 should have meant better performance but it just doesn’t seem so. Even simple operations took a whole lot of time. In fact the iPhone is quicker when it comes to switching the screen orientation. The screen responds beautifully to touch inputs but again Lenovo has not included a stylus which would have optimised the tablet experience.

On the whole the machine doesn’t live up to its 600$+ price mark. The iPad cannot handle Flash videos because of the lack of Flash support but neither can the S10-3t thanks to the lacklustre performance. The battery too has let us down giving about 2.5 to 3 hours of juice and that is without using the touch screen. The concept of the tablet netbook concept is amazing but Lenovo just didn’t provide adequate support to the idea.

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