Alienware M11x Ultra-Light Gaming Notebook Review

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Our initial thoughts on the final production model of the Alienware M11x is that it is even better than the engineering sample shown at the show. 

  
Alienware M11x: Top and Bottom Views

The metal casing of the machine is as sturdy and rigid as any we have seen on an ultra portable notebook, the backlit keyboard is excellent, with minimal flex, the touchpad is large and responsive, and the screen is top notch.

 
Alienware M11x: Right and Left Sides Views
 

 
Alienware M11x: Front and Back Views

The particular sample we'll be evaluating sports an 11.6" WideHD display, with a native resolution of 1366x768, a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M GPU, an Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 1.3GHz CPU, 4GB of Dual Channel DDR3 RAM, a 500GB SATAII, 7200RPM hard drive, HD audio, and an integrated 1.3MP Web Cam.

  
Alienware M11x: Opened Up and Keyboard Views

In the shots above, you can see all of the various connectors, vents and lighting on the Alienware M11x. The lid is adorned with a lighted / pulsating Alien head, while the underside is home only to a few decals and perforations for the cooling system and front-mounted speakers. The nose of the machine also has some perforations for speakers and lighting, while the back houses only the power connector and an air-vent. The right-side of the M11x features two USB ports, two headphone outputs and a microphone input. And the left side has one more USB port, VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort outputs, an RJ45 LAN jack, a mini-Firewire port, and an integrated flash card reader.
 

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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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