So, of course we reached out to Dell for a review unit and Dell was good enough to respond in short order with their new middleweight contender.
The Dell Aienware M14x is a 14-inch notebook designed in typical Alienware fashion, with rugged, impeccable build quality, adorned in custom lighting with a striking design that's driven by the latest CPU and GPU technologies from Intel and NVIDIA. Here's the spec sheet rundown for our eval unit...
Specifications & Features
||2nd Generation Intel Core i7-2360QM Processor 2.0-2.9 GHz, 3MB Cache
||Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
||14" Glossy Display 1600X900 (1366X768 option)
||NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with 1.5G GDDR3
||Internal High-Definition 5.1 Performance Audio with WavesMAXX Audio (Standard)
||2.1 Speaker configuration audio Powered by Klipsch®
||500GB SATA 7200RPM Samsung HDD
||8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Slot Load Optical Drive
||10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
||Built-in 802.11b/g/n WLAN Card
|Wireless HD Video
||Vizio Wireless HD Video and Audio Kit, Wireless HD Compatible|
||9-in-1 Media Card Reader
||2.0 Megapixel HD Video and Picture Camera with dual digital microphones
||USB 2.0 Port with PowerShare Technology, USB3.0 X 2
||Internal Bluetooth® 3.0
||VGA (15-pin, D-Sub), HDMI 1.4, Mini-DisplayPort
||(2x) Audio Out 1/8" Ports, (1x) Audio In / Microphone 1/8" Port (retaskable for 5.1 audio)
||4-Zone, multi-color RGB, 82 key keyboard with AlienFX lighting controls
||8 Cell Lithium Ion 63whr
||10.17”(Depth) x 13.27”(Width) x 1.49”(Height)
||1 Year Limited Warranty (Optional up to 4 yrs.)
||$1,747.99 (As Tested - $1099 Base Price w/ Core i5 CPU)
Speaking of which, our system came bundled with Vizio's new Wireless HD video/audio transmitter kit, which is capable of outputting up to 1080p signals from the notebook's HDMI port, wirelessly to an HDTV, with less than 2ms latency. And since the technology is embedded in the M14x unit itself, there is no bulky dongle to mess with. However, the notebook we tested didn't have this feature enabled, so we unfortunately didn't have the opportunity to test it out. If the technology works according to its specs and is anything like the WHDI kits we looked at not long ago, it should be a really nice add-on to get your multimedia and gaming moves on with a big screen HDTV.
Let's get a closer look at the M14x itself...