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.