Alienware Area-51 M5500 Notebook

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Startup Performance
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The times listed below reflect the time it took for the system to power up until the cursor appeared with no busy indicator on the desktop background.

With a fair amount of extraneous software pre-loaded on the system, it was expected that boot times would be slightly longer than usual. Although certainly impressive from a visual standpoint, the AlienGUIse custom theme manager was one of the worst culprits here. Regardless, the system still manages to turn in a somewhat respectable 41 second boot time which could easily be narrowed down by removing a few key items from the startup sequence.

With the vast majority of the software delays only inhibiting boot times, we were pleased to see the Area-51 m5500 turning in one of the fastest times coming out of standby. With a time of 32.2 seconds, the Alienware system again finds itself on the podium with a third place finish.

In similar fashion to the results coming out of standby mode, the Alienware Area-51 m5500 is near the front of the pack for returning from hibernation mode. Here, the system earns a second place finish and is narrowly bested by the Dell 6000.

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