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Alienware's M11x Gets Core CPUs and Optimus

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There's been rumors about an update for Alienware's M11x gaming notebook floating around for a while now and it looks like Dell finally made good on those rumors.

Dell all but confirmed this a little while ago but now it's official (and nearly available). The 11-inch M11x is getting an upgrade that will see the 'little engine that can' move from an Intel Core 2 Duo to Core i5 or i7. Along with the move from Core 2 Duo to the Core i-series, the M11x is being given the Nvidia Optimus treatment too.

Of course, the added power and graphics switching technology doesn't come free. If you want the old Core 2 Duo version you can expect the same $799 starting price. However, if you're looking to get your hands on an Optimus model with Core i5 or i7, expect a base price of $949 or $1099 respectively.

New models ship July 2.

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    antemon , June 8, 2010 9:54 PM
    you guys are missing the point here


    it's an 11-inch netbook

    me I see it as something I can lug around campus (when the Optimus option is there) and then head back to the dorm and do some gaming... sure I'll buy an external monitor, but it beats having to buy two computers
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    kingnoobe , June 8, 2010 9:33 PM
    For one thing anti you don't need to upgrade you gpu every year. Not even close.. Another thing I got a Asus x-1 laptop and it runs all games fine, and will for quiet awhile. There are reasons to get gaming laptops. I'm sorry I'm not carrying my desktop around with me durning TDY, and deployments.

    Now if I wasn't in the military, and didn't go on trips a lot. Then ya desktops is where it's at. Of course I'd still never buy an overpriced alienware.. The paint job just isn't that important to me.
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    kingnoobe , June 8, 2010 9:33 PM
    For one thing anti you don't need to upgrade you gpu every year. Not even close.. Another thing I got a Asus x-1 laptop and it runs all games fine, and will for quiet awhile. There are reasons to get gaming laptops. I'm sorry I'm not carrying my desktop around with me durning TDY, and deployments.

    Now if I wasn't in the military, and didn't go on trips a lot. Then ya desktops is where it's at. Of course I'd still never buy an overpriced alienware.. The paint job just isn't that important to me.
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    ColMirage , June 8, 2010 9:33 PM
    For a second there I thought Alienware was getting into those Optimus Maximus keyboards.
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    mactruck , June 8, 2010 9:50 PM
    I don't understand why people are so quick to put down gaming laptops and tout the greatness of their PC. Some of us actually get out of the house once in a while and my CM Stacker, monitor, and keyboard/mouse sure don't fit in my briefcase. This is not meant as a desktop replacement, and there are plenty of 17" 9+ pound laptops I'd never want to carry on a plane. I can even take the M11x into a client meeting and not look like a total gamer, as long as I remember to turn the LED lighting off first.
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    scione , June 8, 2010 9:51 PM
    Its just alienware, all of their stuff is way overpriced anyways.
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    rklein03 , June 8, 2010 9:52 PM
    scioneIts just alienware, all of their stuff is way overpriced anyways.


    No it's not Alienware, its DELL. Not only is everything completely overpriced, it's made by a company that can't get anything right. Did you not see the Dell marketing ad that said you need a quad core to multitask email and web browsing... Once upon a time Alienware RIP.
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    antemon , June 8, 2010 9:54 PM
    you guys are missing the point here


    it's an 11-inch netbook

    me I see it as something I can lug around campus (when the Optimus option is there) and then head back to the dorm and do some gaming... sure I'll buy an external monitor, but it beats having to buy two computers
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    Anonymous , June 8, 2010 10:09 PM
    antemonyou guys are missing the point hereit's an 11-inch netbookme I see it as something I can lug around campus (when the Optimus option is there) and then head back to the dorm and do some gaming... sure I'll buy an external monitor, but it beats having to buy two computers


    antemon you are so right. it's an awesome machine and i'd buy one and run linux on it now. if i was not waiting for apple to update the pro 13 inch to core i or something better than C2D.
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    Anonymous , June 8, 2010 10:14 PM
    And just because a machine is called gaming that does not mean it's for gaming only. it means it's just bad ass aka better performance.
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    nusgo , June 8, 2010 10:21 PM
    SomeGuyNamedMattI'm beginning to sound like a broken record here... why would anyone spend that much money for a 'gaming laptop' that's underpowered and the same price as a PC that would do twice as good as it? I can guarantee you that my little AMD Dragon box would stomp that thing down, and it was $1,110.07 exactly. I don't get what people see in these things. Battery life? Portability? Power? With the kind of 'power' they're putting in it, in laptop terms, they'd better have one heck of a battery to get a decent life out of it. And I wonder how much these weigh?Sometimes I just don't understand people...


    I can tell you why I bought one CULV @ 800 dllrs:

    It gives me 7-10 hours on simple usage, I do every kind of work with it, the CPU is supposedly slow, but it´s not noticeable, i do AutoCAD, office and the basic stuff, and come from a AM2 3.2 GHZ and can´t tell a major difference. And the Big Plus is You CAN play games with it, I play PES 2010, SFIV and Just Cause 2, and It plays those games very good.

    Of course with that money I could have bought a laptop wit core i3 and Blueray integrated, but they all come with Intel HD and can´t play sh!t, and the battery life is not even the half I get with my beloved CULV
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    lashton , June 8, 2010 10:23 PM
    these are more like desktop replacements, I can see the apeal, rather than having to put your info on a usb stick and take it home to another computer, you can take your laptop/Desktop replacement home
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    nusgo , June 8, 2010 10:30 PM
    If you want battery life for all day at school or wherever, CULVs are the way to go, The advantages of a laptop with the advantages of a netbook.

    It´s the perfect combination of both worlds
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    joe gamer , June 8, 2010 11:01 PM
    Who the hell would game on an 11 inch screen? WoW addicts on the move I guess lol.
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    kostya001 , June 8, 2010 11:03 PM
    alienware, made by dell, meaning its overpriced. And it is, i actually did some research.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , June 8, 2010 11:27 PM
    To those that wonder y ppl spend 800+ on a labtop for gaming.
    Well not speaking for all, but i needed a labtop for school, so i said to myself... buy a cheap SLOW POS labtop, that cant game, and is suitable for school, but still annoys me with it being slow for CADD ect.

    Or add on a lousy 300$ and have a decent labtop that is fairly quick and gives me the option to say
    1) play games if im replacing a broken part on my desktop,
    2) go see friends/family that are a ways away and not have to lug a monster desktop and monitor around to work/game.

    Around 99% of my gaming time is on my desktop, the labtop is my convenience item.( i want it to atleast tolerate the programs my desktop runs with ease)
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    matt87_50 , June 8, 2010 11:47 PM
    ok PC ppl, take a core i7, 8 gig of ram, big, fast hdd, fairly respectable GPU, screen, keyboard, a great array of IO ports, and YOU try and cram it in the space the x11 takes up!! wtf is it with these people who seem to think their is NO market for people who like to play games, but also like to move around from time to time... some of us did learn to walk as children.

    simple fact is, its a respectable Alienware laptop, with near desktop replacement specs in an ultraportable form factor!!! AND despite all this, its even reasonably priced! in fact, considering all that, I would dare say its cheap!
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    buzznut , June 9, 2010 12:03 AM
    SomeGuyNamedMattI'm beginning to sound like a broken record here... why would anyone spend that much money for a 'gaming laptop' that's underpowered and the same price as a PC that would do twice as good as it? I can guarantee you that my little AMD Dragon box would stomp that thing down, and it was $1,110.07 exactly. I don't get what people see in these things. Battery life? Portability? Power? With the kind of 'power' they're putting in it, in laptop terms, they'd better have one heck of a battery to get a decent life out of it. And I wonder how much these weigh?Sometimes I just don't understand people...


    They weigh 5 pounds. They game well enough for that size screen. And they can go 7 hrs idle, 5 surfing, and well over 3 hrs gaming and watching movies. You might want to do a little research...
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    miloo , June 9, 2010 12:04 AM
    No doubt Alienware m11x look sexy to me, 11inch It just so right to me, small and light but still 1,599USD + Tax ( 9.75 California ) for a i7-640m, 8G RAM, 500HDD, still a GT335M graphics card - I will said that is too much ~ ( possible for them to squeeze a HD5870 inside ? haha XD )

    Probably the 1,755 USD is for the "Small" thingy not go for "Power"

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    ipp , June 9, 2010 12:18 AM
    Well upgrading the hard drive or memory is likely to be a rip off - just buy your own and install. Everyone knows that.

    $1100 or so out the door for a powerful SMALL laptop is pretty awesome. Not sure of the hate around here. It is plenty to play wow and or any older game, or even sc2. Just get an external monitor/kb/mouse/speakers and you have a nice little gaming setup that should last years.
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