Alienware M11x Ultra-Light Gaming Notebook Review - HotHardware

Alienware M11x Ultra-Light Gaming Notebook Review

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At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, back in early January of this year, we showcased a myriad of upcoming products in our coverage of the event and the announcements being made.  Of the literally thousands of items we saw at CES, however, we'd consider only a handful of them to be truly stand-out products. One of those geek-lust worthy products, at least in our opinion, was the slick Alienware M11x.

We gave you somewhat more than a glimpse of the M11x in our
close-up look at the machine  on display at Dell's suite at the show, but we have since gotten one in house and have been able to put it through its paces on our home turf for a full evaluation. Our video review of the Alienware M11x utlra-portable gaming notebook follows here, along with an image gallery and a full run of benchmarks.

A full suite of benchmarks and more details are on the pages ahead...

Alienware M11x Ultra-Portable Gaming Notebook
Specifications and Features (as tested)

  • Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 @ 1.73GHz
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM (800MHz)
  • 11.6" LCD (1366x768), LED Backlit
  • Intel GMA4500M HD (IGP)
  • NVIDA 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)
  • 1-Year Standard Warranty
  • Price (starting): $799.99
  • Price (as tested): $1099.99




The Alienware M11x is a notebook with a bit of on identity crisis. The machine's form factor is that of an ultra-portable, but its features an internal components are comparable to a full-sized, mid-range gaming notebook. The unit we tested was equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor overclocked to 1.73GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 7200 RPM SATA II hard drive, and a hybrid graphics solution consisting of integrated an Intel GMA4500M HD (IGP) and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M (Discrete).

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Great review Marco,

Although the Video refreshed itself three times before I got all the way through it? And it played the advertisement before each one?

Left for dead looked pretty smooth there! I love the illuminated keys. I have always wondered why more manufacturers have not integrated that as an option on all systems.

I like the HDMI out which will make it fun to port to the TV. I just wonder why no Blutooth, it would make Headset choices easier.With only two USB ports it could be tricky.

Y'all know my thoughts on Netbooks. As far as they go, this one makes a whole lot more sense! I would definitely get one of these before a PSP!

My only concern is the timing. Are they saying anything about the expandability,...

Will the M11x ever be able to handle DX11?

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I also like how Y'all are now using Star Trek Online for the screen images!

I hope they come out with a DX11 upgraded version of it soon. At least it finally materialized, unlike the Stargate game.

Ka' Pla !


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@ Marco, then that means they did an update from the early review models that other sites got and reviewed, which required a change in bios to switch video cards.

Have you tried moding a current set of driver and seeing if they work fine with the laptop?  Just interested.

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This laptop (sorry, netbook! :P ) is getting awesomer and awesomer the more I read about it. Probably better than my current desktop, light, portable, Alienware build quality I would guess, and pretty sweet battery life. Speaking of battery, that's the reason I'm resurrecting this topic after three days of inactivity: I see that the battery is not removable. This might be a problem on long trips I guess, when you have to recharge for a while before you can leave it unplugged, but my real concern is that once the battery starts losing its charge, it will be much more difficult to replace. By then the warranty will have expired and one could try to replace the battery on their own, if luckily it's an accessible unit and not like the one in the MacBook Air.

BTW, THIS thing should be the next contest prize, IMO. :P

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