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    Just got my Alienware M11x i7. Thought I'd do a review for those that care. First off the specs; 8GB RAM, Intel i7 processor, 320GB HD, Nvidia GT335 Video Card. It has an 11" screen, very thick plastic and the outer shell is wrapped with a rubbery like material. On the right side it has 2 USB ports, 2 headphone jacks, one microphone jack). On the left you've got firewire, ethernet, usb, HDMI and display out (forget the exact name it's got a funny looking D on top if it, kinda looks like HDMI). Power plugs into the back and the power cord tip glows blue. The back of the lid had the Alienware Alien face and when on the eyes glow. Im not a huge game but I was in the market for a nice ultra portable that could handle most anything I throw at it. I was considering a Macbook Air but the lack of an i7 made me go in a different direction. What attracted me to it was the specs and also the keyboard that lights up any different color you chose. I am a night owl and like to use the laptop @ night with the lights dim, its really convenient to have the keyboard lit up so you can see all the keys. You can also change it any color you feel like at the time, or you can make it flash a color or morph (say from blue to green to orange over and over). The i7 is incredibly fast the laptop turns on (completely to Windows) in about 20 seconds or less. I played Bad Company 2 on it which is pretty demanding and it handled it no problem even on battery. Speaking of which considering the power of this unit the battery life is amazing. If you're very conservative (not gaming) the battery will last almost 6 hours (legit 6 hours). If you're going all out, about 3 and a half hours which is still impressive. It's also incredibly quite, you can't hear it at all which is nice. Keyboard feels good as does the touch pad. It also has a "Alienware Command Center" which you can customize literally everything regarding each power plan. In addition it has bio-metrics (it can log you in just by your face) via FFC. You can also set security so every time someone tries to log into your laptop it takes a picture of them....could come in handy! Also it can continuously monitor the user of the laptop, and once a different user starts using the laptop it can automatically switch them to their own "user" account. If that makes sense. Now onto the not so good; no option for an optical drive (though it is an ultra-portable so...), it has frozen up on me twice thus far (when running highly intensive apps, like two to three at a time). For those that care the apps were Adobe Master Suite apps, Steam and uploading projects to the web. My overall impression is that it is a very nice ultra portable, its very sturdy and built well. Has some cutting edge technology and is probably the most powerful 11" ultra portable on the market today. It does come with a price though; for an i7 with some decent options you're looking @ around $1400ish, I also opted for the 4 year extended warranty for $399. So all in all around $2k. Any questions/comments....I'll be happy to answer!

    UPDATE: Upon doing more research I found out that the processor has a range of about 700mhz up to 2.26ghz which it self adjusts to as needed. The average is 1.2ghz which is why it's advertised as such. But if you're doing some intense gaming or whatever it's probably running at 2.26 ghz, but if you're just word processing and not doing anything it can be running at say 700mhz to conserve battery life. In addition it can be overclocked to about 2.8ghz if needed. I looked through a bunch of websites that verified this, however I'll include a link to one which is very detailed.

    http://www.notebookforums.com/t/2331...x-r2-i7-review
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    Nice review...thanks! i have an m15x and my friend slomaro has an m17x haha
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    that's reaaaaally fking expensive for a 11" laptop. not to mention "ultra portable", that thing looks massive and heavy. nice review, but i dont really understand the point of an 11" gaming laptop? i couldn't browse the web on a screen that small, let alone play games on it.

    also you mentioned that you were looking at a macbook air, but because it didn't have an i7 you neglected it. just fyi, the current Sandy Bridge i5's in the new macbook airs and pros, are probably faster than the i7 you have in the m11x. not to mention for the price you could have gotten a really nicely speced out 13" air, half the weight, SSD, and faster cpu.
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    You can get a Macbook Air with an i7, FYI.

    My brother has the same computer, pretty quick and nice when you have it hooked up to some large monitors. Too chunky to be called portable IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboBaron9 View Post
    that's reaaaaally fking expensive for a 11" laptop. not to mention "ultra portable", that thing looks massive and heavy. nice review, but i dont really understand the point of an 11" gaming laptop? i couldn't browse the web on a screen that small, let alone play games on it.

    also you mentioned that you were looking at a macbook air, but because it didn't have an i7 you neglected it. just fyi, the current Sandy Bridge i5's in the new macbook airs and pros, are probably faster than the i7 you have in the m11x. not to mention for the price you could have gotten a really nicely speced out 13" air, half the weight, SSD, and faster cpu.
    just my 2 cents, if you're happy with your purchase, then great.

    The M11x also uses Sandy Bridge processors. So I am sure the i7 the quicker/more efficient than the i5. In addition if you do a direct comparison the M11x gives you more for your money. Take the most expensive 11" macbook and compare ($1199 with no extras); i5 (i7 is $150 extra), 4GB RAM, basic Intel Graphics card, 120GB SSD, no HDMI, no ethernet, no SIM card capability, no monitor out. You have to buy adapters for all of that. Compared to my $1199 M11x; i7 (sandy bridge as well), 8GB RAM, 320GB (not SSD but so what), 1GB Nvidia graphics and Intel graphics (dual graphics cards), HDMI, Display Out, firewire, ethernet port, bluetooth. The air is thinner, but its also a unibody which means its more difficult to take apart to upgrade/switch parts. Not trying to down the air, its a very nice product. But I feel like you get more with the M11x.

    I wanted an 11" because for me it's the smallest portable that will work for me in terms of screen size. I needed it to be powerful enough to handle anything I throw at it...and it gets the job done. I can run CS5 photoshop, Dreamweaver, office, and chrome all at the same time on battery with no lag. Im not much of a gamer, just wanted something really portable, compatible (software wise), and powerful. I've got a quadcore @ home with all the bells and whistles hook up to two large displays. I needed something really small to travel with on the daily. I also prefer Windows due to more capability. But thats just my opinion, Apple makes some really cool stuff. But too much proprietary adapters/software!

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    I like the concept of the m11x, turn off your discreet, carry it to class and take notes. Bring it back fire up the graphics card plug it into a second monitor and play crysis. Plus it lights up and looks pretty schweet.
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    I have a MX11 as well, i added a few more things to it that can't be done at alienware...

    costed $2600 canadian...

    I hate it to be honest, I use an Asus G73 instead and I love it but the G73 is 4 x the size

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    Yeah discreet graphics is sweet. Also the processor self adjusts from 700mhz to 2.26ghz depending on what you need at the time to save battery. Very intelligent technology.

    Stealthed; Why don't you like your M11x? I've seen the G73 (republic of gamers I believe?) imo its entirely too big to be portable. That's a monster size laptop (17" screen) to carry around. Though the specs are pretty nice.

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    I know alienware get slated a lot, but I have the first revision of this and its still working great. its a bit chipped around the edges, due to me dropping it a few times, but I can’t complain. I love it. I would also love this, but the wife would have my head.

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