Alienware Aurora m9700
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.
To be fair, we have to make it known that the Aurora m9700 system we tested was a bare Engineering Sample and was not loaded with the normal array of pre-loaded garbage most retail systems show up with out of the box. As a result, the system was able to have excellent boot times and was actually the third fastest system in the group. Unfortunately, it is doubtful the production version of the system will retain this speed as it will likely come with a number of applications that start with windows resulting in some less than stellar boot times.
As was the case with the previous Alienware notebook we tested, the Aurora m9700 was one of the fastest in the group to recover from Standby mode. Again, the system we tested was not a production model so we cannot guarantee that the performance seen here will illustrate how final units will perform. However, based off of the Area-51 m5500 experiences, the Aurora m9700 should remain a solid performer in this respect.
In similar fashion to the results coming out of standby mode, the Alienware Aurora m9700 exhibits excellent results and is narrowly edged out for top honors by the Dell 6000 coming out of hibernation. Hopefully, the retail version of this notebook will retain the same stellar performance we see here.