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Alienware's m5550i Notebook Means Business

The Area-51 m5550i posts respectable numbers in this category, for an office notebook. It totally blows away the Toshiba Tecras we recently tested for example. In comparison to Alienware's gaming monster, the Aurora m9700, the Area-51 m5550's numbers do l

The Area-51 m5550i posts respectable numbers in this category, for an office notebook. It totally blows away the Toshiba Tecras we recently tested for example. In comparison to Alienware’s gaming monster, the Aurora m9700, the Area-51 m5550’s numbers do l

Performance drops off noticeably at this resolution. Then again if you are using this as a pimped out office notebook these numbers will still suffice.

Performance drops off noticeably at this resolution. Then again if you are using this as a pimped out office notebook these numbers will still suffice.

The Intel Core Duo T7600 2.3 GHz CPU delivers an impressive score in this category that smokes any single core chip easily. The T7600 is after all the best that Intel currently ships for notebooks and it doesn't disappoint.

The Intel Core Duo T7600 2.3 GHz CPU delivers an impressive score in this category that smokes any single core chip easily. The T7600 is after all the best that Intel currently ships for notebooks and it doesn’t disappoint.

This is yet another impressive mark for this notebook. In comparison to say the beefier Aurora m9700 which we also tested with 2GB of RAM (though slower at 400MHz), the Area-51 m5550i reports a 41 percent better score. Considering that the RAM we tested w

This is yet another impressive mark for this notebook. In comparison to say the beefier Aurora m9700 which we also tested with 2GB of RAM (though slower at 400MHz), the Area-51 m5550i reports a 41 percent better score. Considering that the RAM we tested w

The SATA interface connected Hitachi 7200RPM HDD delivers solid performance that bests regular IDE competitors.

The SATA interface connected Hitachi 7200RPM HDD delivers solid performance that bests regular IDE competitors.

The Area-51 m5550i scores lower than either the Toshiba Tecra A8 with an Intel Core 2 Duo T2400 1.833GHz (we reported at 231) and even the Eurocomm M620NC Intel Core Solo U1400 1.2GHz (at 206) (both notebooks charted at:. So what does this test prove? You

The Area-51 m5550i scores lower than either the Toshiba Tecra A8 with an Intel Core 2 Duo T2400 1.833GHz (we reported at 231) and even the Eurocomm M620NC Intel Core Solo U1400 1.2GHz (at 206) (both notebooks charted at :. So what does this test prove ? You

In the reader review of the Area-51 m5550 Paul DeJarnette was somewhat disappointed with the battery life of his notebook. In our test case we tested with the larger 6600 mAh extended battery and recorded acceptable results. Certainly even with the extend

In the reader review of the Area-51 m5550 Paul DeJarnette was somewhat disappointed with the battery life of his notebook. In our test case we tested with the larger 6600 mAh extended battery and recorded acceptable results. Certainly even with the extend

At just over 2 hours, don't expect to watch the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings unless you've got somewhere to plug in.

At just over 2 hours, don’t expect to watch the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings unless you’ve got somewhere to plug in.

The gaming graphics tests succinctly prove that Area-51 m5550i is not best of breed when it comes to graphics processor-intensive gaming.

The gaming graphics tests succinctly prove that Area-51 m5550i is not best of breed when it comes to graphics processor-intensive gaming.

At this resolution F.E.A.R should probably not be played on this notebook. The performance will leave game play far too chunky.

At this resolution F.E.A.R should probably not be played on this notebook. The performance will leave game play far too chunky.

No surprise here as performance running Doom 3 is better than when playing F.E.A.R. Doom 3 is a more CPU resource intensive game (much like many high end office graphics applications) which benefits greatly from the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600's power.

No surprise here as performance running Doom 3 is better than when playing F.E.A.R. Doom 3 is a more CPU resource intensive game (much like many high end office graphics applications) which benefits greatly from the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600’s power.