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Alinewares groundbreaking gaming netbook.
Dell Alienware M11x
Member Name: AwesomeForrest
Dell Alienware M11x
Advantages: Portable, stylish, great for gaming on the move.
Disadvantages: Comes at a price, some of the hardware could of been better at the price.
Not something you usually read in the same sentence gaming and netbook as with such a limited amount of space you usually have trouble cramming everything you need inside the body. Well Alienware have managed to do it and not only that but they've done it very well.
I am a bit of a sucker when it comes to packaging I like things to be presented well to me and Alienware has done that the best for probably any product I've ever bought. IT comes in a black box with glossy alien head markings on and a honeycomb effect across the entire box then when you open it you have the black foam padding holding the computer which is in a black suede effect cloth bag and then you have all the parts such as the charger and instruction booklets etc housed in a cardboard box with alien type symbols over it.
The computer it's self has a matt black metal casing with the Alienware logo on the outer casing of the lid a slanted front that sits flush when the laptop is closed with grills on either side.
First thing you notice which is probably one of the coolest features on an Alienware laptop are the lights. When you turn on the computer the whole thing lights up the keyboard, the alien shaped power button, the alien shaped logo on the outer case and the grills at the front. You can also fully customise each individual section of lights to a range of about 15 different colours.
Once you get the computer started and begin to use it you straight away realise that the power over the other laptops of this size is pretty phenomenal it deals with most tasks with no problems at all and to save power you have the option to switch between the two graphics card just at the press of a button.
The main point to touch on here is using the computer for gaming. By switching onto the higher graphics you can run any game without problems I personally had about 10+ games on my Steam account which included some more demanding gays such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. I must add you cannot always run high settings on these games as you will start to notice a dramatic drop in your frame rate.
The battery power was outstanding for a high power machine sometimes getting about 5-6 hours of heavy gaming on the higher graphics cards and around 9-10 hours of regular use.
All in all this is a perfect portable gaming machine for a gamer who has to travel a lot. I would say it's probably little under powered for some more dedicated gamers and they might want this purely as a portable unit more than a unit used permanently. The only problem with all this is it does come at a price and Alienware does tend to be a little steep for a machine that many people would find to small for use as there main computer.
Summary: High power gaming unit packed into a notebook sized computer.
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