Alienware Area-51 M5500 Notebook

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As one of the pioneers of the gaming notebook, it comes as no surprise to see Alienware coming to the table with yet another innovation. In 2002, the original Area-51m represented the world's first gaming-specific notebook. In typical Alienware fashion, the notebook carried a pricetag that was equally as breathtaking as its performance. With the arrival of the Area-51 m5500, Alienware has given a consumers a much more cost-conscious notebook that still provides the same level of performance enthusiasts have come to expect from this manufacturer.

Alienware Area51 m5500
Specifications
Processor
.
_Intel Pentium M 760 processor
(2.0GHz)

Chipset
.
_Intel 915GM + ICH6

Memory
.
_Two SODIMM sockets
.
_2x1GB DDR2 533 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
.
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

Graphics
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_NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 128MB (MXM)
.
_Intel Extreme Graphics 3 (IGP)

ATA
.
_1 x DMA 100/66
.
_80GB Hitachi 7200rpm HDD
.
_8x Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW

Communications
.
_10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
.
_Intel Pro 2915e(802.11a/b/g) Wireless LAN
.
_56K v.90 Fax/modem

Display
.
_15.4" WSXGA+ TFT LCD (native 1680 x 1050)

Audio
.
_Stereo speakers
.
_Intel High-Definition Audio

External I/O Connectors
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_1 x Power port
.
_1 x Lock jack
.
_1 x Ethernet port
.
_1 x Modem port
.
_1 x Headphone jack
.
_1 x Microphone jack
.
_1 x SPDIF jack
.
_1 x PCMCIA slot
.
_1 x TV-out port (S-Video)
.
_ 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
.
_1 x VGA-out port
.
_1 x 4-pin mini IEEE1394 port
.
_1 x Multimedia (MMC/SD/MS/MS Pro) Card Reader

Dimension and Weight
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_1.36" x 14.25" x 10.75"
.
_Starting at 6 lbs.

Software
.
_Microsoft Windows XP Professional w/ SP2

Despite being equipped with a 15.4" widescreen LCD, the Area-51 m5500 is not even remotely close in size to the trend of 17" desktop replacement notebooks which have flooded the market as of late. With the entire system being a bit more than an inch in height and weighing in at roughly 6.5lbs, the Alienware notebook is a legitimate mobile system which can be taken with you without forcing you to find a chiropractor while you're on the road. All in all, the Area-51 m5500 is a solid blend of DTR performance features with the lighter form factor of a thin and light type system.

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