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Alienware's "Allpowerful" Laptop is the M17x

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

This thing is massive. And yes, it'll run Crysis.

Alienware’s been teasing that a new gaming laptop’s on the way. The announcement wasn’t set to come out for another few more days, PC World’s got all the details on the next behemoth laptop from this boutique PC builder.

The M17x, as the name suggests, is a 17-inch laptop and pricing starts at $1,799. That’s just a starting point, however, as the price goes up with the hot option to upgrade to dual 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M GPUs.

PC World lists these as standard and upgrade options:

  • A single 1 GB nVidia GeForce GTX260M GPU (upgradable to dual 1 GB nVidia GeForce GTX 280M GPUs for your sweet high-end graphic needs)
  • An Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz P8600 CPU (upgradable to a Core 2 Extreme Quad-Core CPU)
  • 4 GB of RAM (Up to 8GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM)
  • A 250 GB 7200-rpm hard drive (upgradable to a 1 TB 7200-rpm or to 512 MB of solid-state storage capacity [RAID 1 or RAID 0]; users can swap out hard drives by removing the battery)
  • A slot-loading DVD-RW drive (upgradable to dual-layer Blu-ray Disc)
  • A nine-cell battery
  • An nVidia GeForce 9400M G1 GPU with HybridPower technology (the big bonus here on the motherboard helps you get decent scaled-down graphics when you don't need the dual-card megaton firepower; it kicks in when plugged into AC power)
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • An optional 1920-by-1200-resolution edge-to-edge LCD

All that power is contained in a not-so-small package measuring 15.98 x 12.65 x 2.11 inches and weighing a whopping 11.68 pounds. Does that sound appealing enough to make this your portable PC gaming rig?

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    maddogoo9 , May 30, 2009 2:00 PM
    gosefrobaI'll stick to my macbook pro which is half the weight up my butt


    fixed
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    neon neophyte , May 30, 2009 12:46 PM
    i wouldnt expect the battery to be gone in 20 minutes.

    thats what the hybrid video cards are for. 9400m for when you arent plugged into a wall.
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    w4ffles , May 30, 2009 9:04 AM
    Can you say back breaker?

    I wonder if that number includes the weight of the power brick.
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  • 7 Hide
    baracubra , May 30, 2009 9:34 AM
    LOL! This is wicked, and it beats hauling around my 15kg desktop with all the wires and keyboard!!!
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    srogeta , May 30, 2009 9:55 AM
    It looks freak en awesome this new alienware notebook but 1 question about the solid state drive I think there is a miss print of sort but it looks very cool. When is it coming out and price range at full spec?
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    neon neophyte , May 30, 2009 12:46 PM
    i wouldnt expect the battery to be gone in 20 minutes.

    thats what the hybrid video cards are for. 9400m for when you arent plugged into a wall.
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    MrBradley , May 30, 2009 1:08 PM
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    upgradable to a 1 TB 7200-rpm or to 512 MBof solid-state storage


    I think this is a typo.
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    maddogoo9 , May 30, 2009 2:00 PM
    gosefrobaI'll stick to my macbook pro which is half the weight up my butt


    fixed
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    blaze589 , May 30, 2009 2:39 PM
    I always hated h
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    jkflipflop98 , May 30, 2009 3:04 PM
    Let's see your gimpy lil macbook run Mass Effect with all the bells and whistles @ 60 frames per second.
  • 1 Hide
    f4nt4sm4 , May 30, 2009 3:04 PM
    Me drools all over.
  • 2 Hide
    scimanal , May 30, 2009 3:14 PM
    But does it blend?!?!?!
  • 3 Hide
    tipoo , May 30, 2009 3:49 PM
    Lapcrusher?
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    al2suarez , May 30, 2009 4:05 PM
    I'm sorry to say but currently the fastest laptop is EUROCOM's D900F Panther at www.eurocom.com
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    ailgatrat , May 30, 2009 4:37 PM
    al2suarezI'm sorry to say but currently the fastest laptop is EUROCOM's D900F Panther at www.eurocom.com


    I was just checking out that other website and they do have a ton of options you can select. Maybe TH should start looking at some of these other vendors and compare them with the better known boutique builders?

    As for the claim of one being faster than the others, I'd rather wait and see some benchmarks/comparisons. But still, all these new laptops look like good desktop replacements for those looking for portable LAN party machines! :) 
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    universalremonster , May 30, 2009 5:15 PM
    optional 1920x1200 screen...in a 17"?? wow I bet that looks unbelievable. Some insane pixel density.
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    crisisavatar , May 30, 2009 5:55 PM
    I love how people refer to 10 pounds as "massive" or "whopping".
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    al2suarez , May 30, 2009 6:02 PM
    What is the weight of an adult human head? It weighs about 12 pounds. The only exception to the rule are folks who go to starbucks with their laptops. Then the size of the head is much larger. Bigheadeditisis. "Boy, that person sure has a big head." C'mon guys, 12 pounds is nothing.
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    dragonfang18 , May 30, 2009 6:05 PM
    At this point... They should at least put an i7 in ther... Burn your wallet... LITERALLY!
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    al2suarez , May 30, 2009 6:12 PM
    EUROCOM's D900F Panther does come with an i7 Nehalem from 2.66~3.33 GHz. I wish I could buy it but too darn expensive. Paying +$3K is just CRAZY!
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