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TEARDOWN: Alienware's M11x Gaming Netbook

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

Opened up and photographed in cold, harsh lighting. Just how we like it!

Alienware's new M11x gaming laptop has attracted a lot of attention since it launched in January of this year. The 11.6-inch display together with a $799 price tag means the notebook is nearly netbook-sized. It weighs under 4.5 lbs, boasts a 4.5-hour battery life and packs Nvidia's GT335M.

So what does a notebook like that look like when you crack it open and examine the insides? Well the folks at tech163 were kind enough to tear one apart and photograph the results. How sweet!

We've included just a few but things get a whole lot more interesting so click on through to tech163 and see for yourselves.

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    davendork , March 9, 2010 5:09 PM
    Send me all the parts and I will post pictures if I can put it all back together.
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    victomofreality , March 9, 2010 6:05 PM
    Alright before anyone asks YES this can play Crysis.
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    davendork , March 9, 2010 5:09 PM
    Send me all the parts and I will post pictures if I can put it all back together.
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    miloo , March 9, 2010 5:34 PM
    hope they pack with i5 intel ~
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    mayne92 , March 9, 2010 5:39 PM
    miloohope they pack with i5 intel ~

    Why an i5?
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    gosefroba , March 9, 2010 5:40 PM
    i would not consider this a netbook
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    victomofreality , March 9, 2010 6:05 PM
    Alright before anyone asks YES this can play Crysis.
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    pocketdrummer , March 9, 2010 6:08 PM
    gosefrobai would not consider this a netbook


    And I suppose there's a reason behind this? Don't post an opinion if you're not going to support it.
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2010 6:11 PM
    When will this be for sale? & Do you think they┬┤ll keep the price at 799?

    I am looking to buy me a notebook size 14 inch but this one looks so much better at a reasonable higer price
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    victomofreality , March 9, 2010 6:19 PM
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    pharge , March 9, 2010 6:24 PM
    hmm... from Dell's website (http://www.dell.com/us/en/home/notebooks/alienware-m11x/pd.aspx?refid=alienware-m11x&cs=19&s=dhs)

    seems like... M11x comes with either SU4100 (1.3G) or SU7300 (1.3G)

    I know it comes with 11.6" screen and no internal optical drive... but with SU4100/SU7300 as CPU.. it is hard for me to take it as a netbook. It is more like an ultra-portable laptop to me.
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    pharge , March 9, 2010 6:38 PM
    hmm..... even Dell itself calls it a laptop not netbook.

    "The Alienware M11x redefines the gaming capabilities of a truly portable laptop "

    (http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/alienware-m11x?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=mn)

    Anyway... with 720p playback and GT335M it seems like a nice gaming laptop for somebody who needs to go around and also would like to enjoy his/her games on the road.

    and of course... enjoying 720P movies on the road with >4hr battery life is another plus...
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    zendax , March 9, 2010 6:46 PM
    In reality, it's a $1,000 laptop.

    If you want to game, you'll really want the dual core processor (+100), 4GB of RAM (+50), and 250GB hard drive (+50).

    Maybe the 160GB hard drive will be enough, but you're still looking at $950, and you won't be able to easily play any game that requires a disc (Steam FTW?)
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    OvrClkr , March 9, 2010 6:55 PM
    Quote:
    In reality, it's a $1,000 laptop.

    If you want to game, you'll really want the dual core processor (+100), 4GB of RAM (+50), and 250GB hard drive (+50).

    Maybe the 160GB hard drive will be enough, but you're still looking at $950, and you won't be able to easily play any game that requires a disc (Steam FTW?)


    a disk is not required, all you have to do is copy whatever is on the disk to a thumbdrive and install... same as on a netbook, as long as you own the media/game you are fine ;) 
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    nzprogamer , March 9, 2010 7:05 PM
    zendaxIn reality, it's a $1,000 laptop. If you want to game, you'll really want the dual core processor (+100), 4GB of RAM (+50), and 250GB hard drive (+50). Maybe the 160GB hard drive will be enough, but you're still looking at $950, and you won't be able to easily play any game that requires a disc (Steam FTW?)


    it already runs with 2 x 2 gb ram
    also you can backup the games dvd-rom to the hdd easily
    the 250gb hdd is a good ponit but i will buy another 2.5" 160gb usb-hdd
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    micky_lund , March 9, 2010 7:19 PM
    the hdd space is fine
    im running 640gb, and using about 80gb, with 3 versions of crysis, and 2 of Battlefield (2,2exp.) on it, plus all the dodgy MS office (which takes up a fiar bit)...so its enough for gaming, just not storing movies (of any quality) on
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    Anonymous , March 9, 2010 7:58 PM
    NETBOOK = no optical drive
    NOTEBOOK = optical drive
    Screen size doesn't matter... how hard is that definition to get?
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    scook9 , March 9, 2010 8:07 PM
    the ONLY difference between the 2 offered cpus is cache size and VT
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    ALANMAN , March 9, 2010 8:08 PM
    Are those speakers on the underside?
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    math1337 , March 9, 2010 8:08 PM
    It looks good but when will we see some benchmarks.
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    bildo123 , March 9, 2010 8:25 PM
    VictomofrealityAlright before anyone asks YES this can play Crysis.


    What those people realize is that just about any video card with the past six yearsish can play crysis , play it well? Not so much...Dumbasses and their stupid meme's
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    scryer_360 , March 9, 2010 8:33 PM
    What I don't understand is why it didn't come pre-loaded with the i5-520UM.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_Core_i5_microprocessors#.22Arrandale.22_.28ultra-low_voltage.3B_32_nm.29

    Its $48 a box of a thousand cheaper, it has only 8 more watts total thermal envelope, and with the built in turbo technology it will bin up to 1.6 gigahertz with both cores still active. Add in that its more powerful clock for clock, and its a better processor than the SU4100 and SU7300.

    The i5's for mobile machines were announced at CES this year just like the M11x, and Dell had to know that the i5 would be available long ago (if manufacturers didn't know that the chips were coming out in advance, how could they come to market so quickly with them, HP and Sony had i5 stuff on tap within weeks of the CES announcement).

    So, again, why are we having to live with the SU4100 and SU7300 again?
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