Dell enjoyed overnight success with the M11x Alienware earlier this year. This 11-inch laptop outperforms many larger laptops and is priced under $ 1000. Unfortunately for Dell, consumers soon began to make an Alienware M11x with Intel Core i7. Now, less than 6 months after the release of R2 M11x M11x comes with Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia graphics technology Optimus automatic. Is this the perfect M11x? The answer may surprise you.
review unit of the Alienware M11x R2 features the following specifications
* 1.20GHz Intel Core i7 640UM (4 MB cache, turbo maximum frequency 2.266GHz)
* 4 GB DDR3 PC3-8500 (2 x 2GB)
* Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
* 11.6 “LED backlit screen WideHD WXGA (1366×768)
* 500 GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
* Nvidia GeForce 335M GT discrete graphics (1GB GDDR3) switched to Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics
* 802.11b/g/n, 10/100 LAN
* 3-in-1 card reader
* 8-cell Li-ion Battery 64WH, 90W power supply
* Dimensions (L x W x H) 11.25 “x 9.19″ x 1.29 ”
* Weight: 4.4 pounds
* Starting price: $ 799.99
* Price as configured: $ 1,299.99
Alienware M11x r2
Build and Design
Alienware M11x were reviewed recently and the new “Version 2″ (R2) version of the M11x is virtually identical. Anyone familiar with other gaming notebooks Alienware family should instantly recognize the design of the new M11x. In many ways, Alienware designers tried to make this 11-inch laptop look like a small twin 15-inch M15x or M17x 17 inches. A large part of that heritage is the unique design of the Alienware machines. Many notebooks look almost identical when the lids are closed, but an Alienware laptop out for the top stylized futuristic lines and a silver logo somebody else. The biggest design change in R2 M11x is the new “Black Stealth Soft Touch” finish. Compared to the old gloss black finish on the M11x original, the new exterior feels as if covered with a protective layer of rubber-like enterprise-class ThinkPad.
Also as a ThinkPad, the M11x R2 keeps the boxy design of the original M11x without a sharp edge like most laptops. Dell laptops as the Inspiron 11z or the HP Envy get thinner as you move to the outer edges and thicker towards the center of the notebook. The chassis of the M11x does not because Alienware engineers need all that space for discrete graphics card, extra cooling, and built-in battery. The integrated battery is also something to consider when talking about the thickness of this notebook. The M11x may seem thick with a height of 1. 29 inches, but if you buy the Dell Inspiron and Lenovo IdeaPad U150 11z, 6-cell battery with long life, then you really are thicker than the Alienware machine.
Alienware M11x r2
Build quality is second to none thanks to the magnesium alloy construction mentioned above in combination with matte black plastic. The exterior of the notebook feels solid as a rock with a little flexibility in the back of the top of the screen when pressure is applied. The keyboard and palm rest do not suffer from any notable flexibility even under strong pressure to write. Again, the M11x is still the toughest portable 11-inch we reviewed in our laboratory. The M11x easily rivals the construction quality of some business notebook that is labeled as “robust business.” Build quality has not changed with the new review of this notebook … you just got a nice finish.
Another essential element Alienware design is the use of customizable LED lighting in key areas around the notebook. The first thing most people notice is the wonderful backlit keyboard and two front panels, but my favorite is the backlit foreign head located above the keyboard. Using the software included in the M11x AlienFX can set this logo to light in a number of different ways to notify you of your battery status. I put my head on my M11x foreign original light blue in AC power and red when running on battery. This is a great way to alert the user if the cable is accidentally disconnected during a game. Two additional areas that are lit on the M11x is the head alien in the back of the screen and the inlet grille at the bottom of the notebook. These two areas, however, can not be configured with software AlienFX – the vent using the same illumination as the keyboard and the alien head on the top of the screen is illuminated by the LCD screen when the laptop is running . U.S. customers also still have the option of getting a personalized plate, laser engraved name on the bottom of the R2 M11x.