Dell Alienware Diana Team Continues M11x Tease Tour

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Close-up With Dell's Alienware M11X Mini Gaming Notebook
A few weeks back, at this years 2010 CES show, we gave you a first hand look at the hot looking new 11-inch form-factor Dell Alienware M11x gaming notebook.  This machine almost defies all sense of logic in that it sports a such a petite, stylish and sleak frame with a CULV processor under its hood but with the graphics prowess of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 335M mobile GPU turning up the horsepower, it's got enough game to bring the hurt to a horde full of baddies.  At the time we brought you this coverage, Dell's Marc Diana gave you a quick tour of the product and its capabilities but little did we know, there was a husband and wife dynamic-duo at helm, thumping their new bad-boy around for the press.  Today, we tripped across Dell's Katie Diana (yep, Marc's wife is in on the action too) taking the M11x out for a test spin in one of our favorite time-waster first person shooters, Left 4 Dead 2.  Katie, show the world how to take down a Boomer will ya hon?

   

With a traditional Alienware backlit keyboard, aggressive Alienware M series (which we think stands for Muscle Car) stylings, this machine just looks too hot too handle.  Of course we plan to handle it plenty in the weeks ahead and will tell you all about it when that time comes.

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Inspector replied on Fri, Jan 29 2010 11:44 PM

Not much of a gamer is she? :D

M11x is looking good :)

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 12:08 AM

Rofl; well she didn't die. This system is a hot little number that's for sure. Does it have a hookup for an external monitor?

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@Inspector It is and I'm surprised by how well the keyboard looks on that tiny thing! Who said a gaming laptop had to be a desktop replacement? The 335M is no slouch, with 72 CUDA cores vs the 240M's 48 cores.

@rapid1 I would think so, the graphics card would be able to handle 1080 output with ease.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 2:19 AM

Well grab it and a 150 LCD display. Use your little beast as a standard laptop when out and about. Then when home throw it on the cooler plug it into the wall and the display and bang all around computer. That's one thing that confuses me on the tablet game. If a UL processor can run this thing and still be very good on energy especially with the auto up down tech running around today, why not have something blazing in a tablet of 10x6. I mean with a notebook of this size and the tech used it also does bring up why if I can get a laptop that's this size and mobile but performs like it does why would I want a tablet as well.

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Here's one of the things I really like about the M11x. It's targeted at gamers with the way they're marketing it (Left 4 Dead 2), and as a gamer this would not be my primary gaming platform. However, for those looking for something to occupy their time traveling this is perfect. the 11" screen size makes this usable if you're cramped in economy class, and the 335M gives you enough power to play some of the latest games on low resolution without lag. 

Okay, just looked up more information about this. The base price is going to be set at an astonishing $799 (yes, with the 335M chip). And the battery life of 6.5 hours looks very promising, even if heavy gaming brings this down to 3-3.5 hours.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/28/alienwares-m11x-netbook-gets-a-base-price-799/

Seems like Alienware has brought true mobility to gaming without killing our wallets! How do you like them...Apple?

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 10:15 AM

Agreed, $799 is a great price point for a machine like this. We had our hands on this thing and it's so nice and solid too. It's light enough like an 11-inch should be but it's built really well. No question they really did a good job with stylings and build quality. Now we just need to get one in here for the rest of our testing!

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Indeed. It looks portable and stylish enough for my needs. Would love to see a full review on this! According to notebookcheck the 335M is equivalent to a mobile 4650-4670.

The only thing I would want to add to this is a resistive touch screen....you know to make other tablets in this size obsolete. I'm hoping for a 1366x768 screen resolution as well.

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Inspector replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 3:01 PM

I would so buy this one seeing its $799 for such a great system, But m not in need for a laptop now but  when i do i know they would come up with something even better in 2 years? :D

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 4:27 PM

I like that form factor for a portable... battery life?

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

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Dave_HH replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 5:20 PM

I forget but Marc mentions it in this vid. It's pretty good I think:

http://hothardware.com/News/Closeup-With-Dells-Alienware-M11x-Mini-Gaming-Notebook/

 

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Soupstyle replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 5:28 PM

The video says ~3 hours with the Nvidia 335M enabled for gaming and ~6 hours with it turned off using the integrated graphics.

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caos420 replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 5:51 PM

Very nice.

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caos420 replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 5:54 PM

Would make for a good HH giveaway?

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Inspector replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 5:57 PM

Yep so if u game u get less hours and if u don't it will last you a bit. You can also game with the integrated graphics too right?

This would make for a great hh giveaway :D, Second best to the current one Wink

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Soupstyle replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 6:00 PM

Yea you can game with the integrated graphics, you wouldn't be able to play games that require good hardware acceleration though.

That being said most of the time you are gaming like that you are probably plugged in, so ~3 hours is a pretty acceptable amount of time (I don't see people out in the park to video game for >3 hours lol).

 

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Bighorse replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 6:15 PM

It is one powerful little guy. I would love to have one of these for emergency gaming or when I am chilling in the living room and the wife is watching something I Definitely don't want to watch. I have a friend who is waiting for the release of this beauty to get one.

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Inspector replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 7:15 PM

Soupstyle:

Yea you can game with the integrated graphics, you wouldn't be able to play games that require good hardware acceleration though.

That being said most of the time you are gaming like that you are probably plugged in, so ~3 hours is a pretty acceptable amount of time (I don't see people out in the park to video game for >3 hours lol).

 

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caos420 replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 7:19 PM

try the ifart app by realneil.

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Inspector replied on Sat, Jan 30 2010 7:56 PM

caos420:

try the ifart app by realneil.

Wait what?

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 1:04 AM

a price of 799 for this unit is insane as I was asking in another thread how do they justify the Adamo being as high as it is and this unit being this low with the type of performance between the two comparatively I know the Adamo is prettier but way less functional and a grand more

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 1:52 AM

Yeah thats way lower than I was thinking (which was a flat grand), and I thought 1000 was a good price for a machine as capable as this one seems.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 3:12 PM

Hey gibbersome this looks like a perfect replacement laptop, and that price is phenomenal for such a unit.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 6:45 PM

like I beofre stated for the form and functionality this price is crazy, sounds like a Bestbuy gateway deal.

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Inspector replied on Sun, Jan 31 2010 7:42 PM

lol rapid1, You really don't like using the edit button do you? :D

rapid1:

like I beofre stated for the form and functionality this price is crazy, sounds like a Bestbuy gateway deal.

But its better :P lol

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You can start pre-ordering these puppies now.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&kc=&oc=dkccmp3&dgc=AF&cid=51991&lid=1346583

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Dave_HH replied on Mon, Feb 1 2010 9:29 PM

Bighorse:

You can start pre-ordering these puppies now.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&kc=&oc=dkccmp3&dgc=AF&cid=51991&lid=1346583

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Sadly, the base price of 799 only gets you a 1.3ghz single core cpu(Pentium SU4100). :(

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Bighorse:

You can start pre-ordering these puppies now.

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&kc=&oc=dkccmp3&dgc=AF&cid=51991&lid=1346583

I already knew this around 7 :D it started around 5 or something xD

 

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recoveringknowitall:

Sadly, the base price of 799 only gets you a 1.3ghz single core cpu(Pentium SU4100). :(

And to think I thought most places stopped offering single core.

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Another 100 will get you a dual core cpu, but still a relatively sluggish 1.3ghz. IMHO this notebook's appeal wore off pretty quick when I scratched the surface to find out the specs.

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Here's a GREAT deal on it:

Sign up for Dell EPP and receive $50 off your next system purchase (works on this system) making the system $669.
http://app.subscription.dell.com/...MEMBERID&/

$100 off $999 or more...(Stacks with the $50 sign up & EPP Discount).
11R13$2CCD492M

Config up to $1000 BEFORE SAVINGS
Dell EEP Instant Discount $100
Sign up for Dell EPP Instant Discount (above) $50
Apply Code 11R13$2CCD492M $100

$1000 - $250 = $750.

Closes config to $1000 is $1019. After coupon it came out to be $767ish.
Upgrade CPU
Upgrade 4GB RAM
Add Bluetooth
Upgrade 250GB 7200RPM

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