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Dell Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop Review

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The Dell Alienware M11x combines functionality and enjoyment into a small and ultraportable 11.6” chassis.

The Dell Alienware M11x is one of the smaller, yet more powerful, gaming laptops available. Its slight 11.6” frame packs an i5-520 UM processor with an Nvidia graphics card, along with 640 GB of hard drive space and 4 GB of RAM. Klipsch speakers produce sound that is better than the sound on bigger laptops and the TrueLife  HD widescreen offers crystal clear and smooth picture. In other words, in spite of its size and portability, the M11x is still an excellent gaming laptop.

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Small Package, Big Specs

Gaming laptops have a tendency to be terrifyingly huge, so much so that they often cannot even be considered portable, as few people are comfortable lugging around a ten pound piece of machinery. On the other hand, most of the mini notebooks offer a watered down processor, minimal storage, and subpar graphics, which is not exactly an ideal gaming system. The Dell Alienware M11x packs the awesomeness typical of the Alienware line into a small and compact device. Weighing in at less than five pounds, the computer still has top of the line specs suitable for a gaming laptop.

Alienware Command Center

Dell Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop Review1The Dell Alienware M11X gaming laptop comes with an ultra convenientAlienwareCommandCenter, which lets users adjust their settings quickly and easily. AlienFX Lighting Controls allow users to choose from a wide variety of colors and graphic effects for the touchpad, keyboard, and more.  AlienTouch Touchpad Controls makes it easy to adjust the touchpad’s sensitivity and it can also be used to turn virtual scrolling on and off. As its name implies, AlienFusion Power Management provides options and settings for switching between power saver and maximum performance modes.

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Who Needs an Optical Drive?

One of the most notable lacks of the Dell Alienware M11x is the lack of optical drive. While it is obviously a necessary compromise for the sake of keeping the M11x small and slight, it can make installing new games a bit of a hassle. Dell deftly sidesteps this issue by providing Steam preloaded with the computer. The digital distribution gaming software is a convenient and easy way to get games without using an optical drive.

Product Specifications & Features

  • Intel Core i5-520UM dual core CPU with a Nvidia GT 540MDell Alienware M11x Gaming Laptop Review
  • 640 GB hard drive, 4 GB 800 MHz DDR3, and 1 GB graphics memory
  • 11.6” HD widescreen with TrueLife technology and a 1366 x 768 resolution
  • 5.1 surround sound Klipsch speakers
  • 1.3 megapixel integrated webcam
  • Alienware face recognition software for extra security
  • Weighs 4.5 pounds, 5.3 pounds with the AC adapter, qualifies as “ultraportable”
  • HDMI port, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, Mini-FireWire, dual SD/Memory Stick card reader, but no optical drive
  • AlienwareCommandCenterfor easy customization and personalization
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system
  • One year warranty
  • Design
  • Performance
  • Price

Precisely how Dell managed to pull off the miracle that is the M11x is somewhat unclear. The machine is small and definitely portable, but still retains the power and exceptional graphics typical of gaming laptops. The only obvious concession is the lack of optical drive, a loss which is counteracted by Dell’s addition of Steam. In short, the Dell Alienware M11x is the gamer’s ideal combination of power and portability.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.