Alienware M11X Laptop - The Business Katana
Who is Alienware?
Alienware was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Miami-Dade county Florida. Nelson Gonzalez and Alex Aguila founded the company with the idea that consumers would buy PCs that were specifically set up for gaming.
Dell Computer Corporation bought the company in 2006 though the management, marketing and design teams are autonomous and remain largely former Alienware employees.
What Alienware gained from the acquisition is a better supply line and better access to component vendors
Why A Gaming Computer?
Running a game on a computer makes some very tough demands on that computer.These demands include increased processor requests, intense video requests, and, since games are typically quite large, heavy demands on storage capacity.
Games are large in terms of storage space so a gaming computer must have quite a bit of space reserved on it. Games are also video intensive so gaming computers must have powerful graphic processors and high-resolution screens. Finally, games are very processor intensive and therefore require that the gaming computer have the latest in processing power running at the highest possible speeds.
The Alienware M11X meets all these demands and though the machine is purpose built for gaming it is also an excellent business machine for precisely the same reasons.
In fact computer users who are tasked with editing high quality audio files, high resolution presentations, and video editing will find the M11X ideal.
The M11x comes with three processor choices (all Intel) three versions of Windows 7, three storage solutions, and three memory configurations.
These are spelled out in the table below, but the best of the best is as follows.
- The Intel Core i5 520UM processor running at 1.86GHz with 3 MegaBytes of cache
- Windows 7 Ultimate OS
- Memory configured at eight (8Gb) Gigabytes of RAM running at 800 MegaHertz
- Storage 640Gb (Gigabyte) running at 7,200 RPM
- nVidia Geforce GT335 Video Card (this is the only option)
- 11.6" diagonal display at 1366x768
- High Definition audio (with stereo speakers)
- Optional USB optical drive
Each unit, regardless of processor or OS also comes with IEEE 1394a (4-pin) port, 3 USB 2.0 ports, DP/HDMI video out, 3-in-1 media card reader, two audio out connectors, one audio in, one microphone in (supporting re-taskable 5.1 audio out), and two built-in front facing speakers.
Though the machine is somewhat heavier than others like the Apple Macbook Air and the Lenovo models, the weight of slightly more than four (4.4lbs) pounds is more than made up for in the power and performance this laptop computer provides.
In fact this machine is just slightly below par for a full fledged desktop and is quite a bit more powerful than most notebook or laptop computers available.
In my opinion this makes it a very good if not ideal business machine.
Core i5 520UM (1.86GHz/3MB cache)
Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 (1.3GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
Intel CoreTM i7 640UM (1.06GHz/3MB cache)
Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
4GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 800MHz
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 800MHz
2GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 800MHz
Mobile Intel GS45 Chipset
Supports Blu-ray* capable HD video, 3D graphics
1024 (MB) NVIDIA GT335M GeForce
11.6 inch display (1366x768)
Audio and Speakers
Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound Audio
Up to 640GB5 SATA II hard drive (7200RPM)
Up to 256GB5 Solid State hard drive
Up to 160GB5 SATA II hard drive (5400RPM)
(optional) External USB Slot-Loading DVD Burner (DVD/RW)
Power / Battery
8 Cell Prismatic (64 whr) - Primary
Ports, Slots & Chassis
IEEE 1394a (4-pin) port
Integrated Ethernet RJ-45 (100 Mbps)
3 Hi-speed USB 2.0 ports
DP / HDMI - Video Output
3-in-1 Media Card Reader
2 Audio Out Connectors
Audio In / Microphone Jack (retaskable for 5.1 audio)
Two Built-In Front Speakers
Dimensions & Weight
Height: 32.7mm (1.29 inches)
Width: 285.7mm (11.25 inches)
Depth: 233.3mm (9.19 inches)
Preliminary Weight: Start at 1.99kg (4.39 lbs)
TV Tuner Options
USB Digital TV Tuner, TV Tuner with Remote
The Alienware M11x is currently for sale on the Alienware site, (see link below), for $599.00. This is the version with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Windows Home Premium OS, and 2Gigabytes of internal memory.
The top-of-the line laptop, with the Intel i3 Core processor, Windows 7 Home Preimium and 8Gigabytes of memory is available for $1,100.00.
The base machine can also be found on Amazon, but at a substantially higher price.
Note that in the past Alienware has had motherboards that overhead and cause a total breakdown. This does not seem to be the case with the M11X as the author has not found any complaints about this particular laptop.
In fact reviews are almost overwhelmingly positive.
The author was not compensated in any way, monetarily, with discounts, or freebies by any of the companies mentioned.
Though the author does make a small profit for the word count of this article none of that comes directly from the manufacturers mentioned. The author also stands to make a small profit from advertising attached to this article.
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