I’m not a fan of the way they design their computers, but the sheer power Alienware computers pack in such small packages more than make up for the borderline-tacky designs. After all, we might be able to see the launch of the most powerful sub-12″ notebook ever.
The Alienware M11x boasts an 11.6-inch, white LED backlit screen that displays high-definition (HD) graphics at 720p resolution and 30 frames per second – thanks to a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce graphics card. this gaming notebook packs a lot of juice – it can last up to 8.5 hours on its battery. For $1,699, you get a 1.3GHz processor, 4GB of memory, a 320GB hard drive and Windows 7 Home Premium.
If you have any doubts that this notebook is destined for greatness, check out the hands-on from Gizmodo:
Let me make this clear: The M11X is unabashedly Alienware. I mean, its LEDs behind the keyboard and thermal grates sort of give that away. I’m not crazy about the plastic case, and I wish the 1366×768 screen were covered in glass instead of plastic. As someone who appreciates minimal design, it’s pretty much the antithesis of my taste.
Yet, I still liked the M11X.
While it manages to still weigh in at a hefty 4 or so pounds (your brain doesn’t anticipate the weight), it’s just an incredible amount of power for an 11.6-inch laptop.
Inside, you’ll find an energy-sipping Core2Duo alongside a 1GB Nvidia 335M graphics card—which is fairly insane for the size. But playing Star Trek Online and Call of Duty, I didn’t doubt the power. You can’t run CoD with anti-aliasing on, but otherwise, the experience is sharp, smooth and surprisingly palatable on the tiny display—keep in mind, I was testing it running off a battery.
If you want to get one of these babies, you can pre-order here.