Leave it to Alienware to put 'gaming' and 'netbook' in the same sentence, let alone the same room. But that's basically what Dell's gaming venture has done with the unveiling of Alienware's 11.6-inch M11x ultraportable .
Of course, netbooks are all about battery life, and towards that end, the M11x boasts switchable graphics. Want to browse the Web or compose an email? Then there's no need to tap into the Nvidia GT335M GPU. But once you're finished being productive and ready to kick-back with a bit of small-screen gaming, just flip the hot switch to turn on the faster graphics (complete with a 1GB frame buffer), which will load in under two seconds, according to Dell representatives. And by doing so, Dell claims you'll be able to run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at over 30fps in full-HD mode and settings cranked up to high.
Other details remain elusive, such as what kind of supplementary hardware the M11x is packing. We do know it comes with a DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA ports, but other than that, we'll have to post an update when more details emerge.
Dell says it plans to ship the gaming netbook sometime this spring for under a grand.
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