ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Alienware Netbooks

Updated on March 13, 2011
Envious looks will accompany this netbook!
Envious looks will accompany this netbook!

Alienware Netbook Review

Be sure to check the tip at the end of this article on how to save money when you buy an Alienware netbook.

If you are into playing the top computer games, you probably own a powerful desktop, but what if you need to travel a lot and need something portable. While many laptops are suitable for high level gaming, there are only a few that are small enough for someone who travels a lot. This is the market that gaming netbooks are aimed at.

Many companies market their netbooks in the gaming niche, but most of these use on board video graphics. To truly be a gaming netbook, you require a discrete GPU Chip (at least until the Fusion processors come out). There are only a few netbooks with that can play games like Starcraft 2, Crysis, and Diablo 3 (to be released at the end of 2011) with a decent frame rate. Out of these few netbooks, the leader of the pack is the M11X.

The M11X has many options. Available processors include a 1.3 ghz Core 2 Duo, a 1.8 ghz i5, or a 1.06 ghz i7. I would strongly suggest avoiding Core 2 Duo option as the next option, the 1.8 ghz i5, is significantly more powerful and uses less power. Available memory is 2, 4, or 8 gigabytes of ram. I would suggest getting 4 gigabytes, since Windows 7 can use up to half a gigabyte and many games are now running over a gigabyte footprint. It won't be long (if not already) before many games will require 4 gigabytes of ram to run smoothly. This netbook comes standard with a 160 gigabyte Sata II hard drive, but you can upgrade to either a super fast 256 gigabyte solid state drive or a 640 gigabyte Sata II drive. The solid state drive is best for fast loading if you mostly play games, but the 640 gigabyte drive is necessary if you want to bring a video library with you. As for video graphics, you have only one choice and that is the NVIDIA GT335M GeForce with another gigabyte of ram dedicated for just video processing. Luckily, this is a very powerful on board video card.

This is a very powerful combination of parts and works great with the 11.6 inch display and its 1366x768 resolution. The display uses the new LED backlighting and looks absolutely great. The netbook comes with Windows 7 home premium, but is upgradable to professional or ultimate if you need.

Gaming performance (i5 processor, 2 gigabytes ram)

  • Crysis (720 pixels) --> 30 to 60 fps
  • Starcraft 2 --> 32 fps average
  • Call of Duty 6: Modern Warfare 2 --> 48 to 60 fps
  • Left 4 Dead 2 --> 32 to 52 fps
  • Resident Evil 5 --> 36 to 50 fps

I love these numbers, sure they are nothing to brag about in a high end desktop system, but in a netbook or even a laptop, they are more than enough to thoroughly enjoy a game. Overall, this is a great little netbook that will not only run today's games, but upcoming games for a long time.

How to Save Money On This Netbook!

Amazon sells these Netbooks at a discounted price compared to buying them directly from Dell or Alienware. I have some of these Amazon links below. If you are really on a budget, Amazon also sells used and refurbished Alienware netbooks. Have fun gaming!


Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)