Sure, the M15x might have gone AWOL, but Dell has been kind enough to finally ship the beastly M18x to interested parties. This is not your run of the mill laptop. This is a full scale desktop replacement that weighs in at 16 pounds. The upside of all that mass is the amazing hardware packed into the unit.
A quick visit to Dell's Alienware portal shows a handful of recently released laptop models and the familiar M17x, but no M15x. Could this be a high-tech cover up, and if not, then where did go? The truth is out there, and unfortunately, there's nothing supernatural or other-wordly going on, Dell simply decided to do away with this particular model and focus on the rest of its lineup, which still leaves one question unanswered.
The countdown timer on Alienware's 'Discover' portal teasing visitors to "be the first to know" has finally reached zero. So what was the big news? An Alienware triple-play consisting of three new laptops designed to redefine mobile gaming. These include the enhanced Alienware M11x R3, the new M14x, and the soon to be available M18x.
Rumors of an imminent expansion of Alienware's gaming laptop range are nothing new, but till now they have only been restricted to talk of an 18-incher supposedly called the M18x. However, new pictures posted on a forum named dell.benyouhui, and spotted by Notebook Italia, point to not one but two new Alienware laptops from Dell. The previously unheard of second laptop happens to be a 14-incher reportedly called M14x. Hit the jump for the leaked photos.
Earlier this month Audiovox wrapped up its acquistion of Klipsch for around $166 million, swallowing an audio stalwart that, on the PC side, is remembered most for its ProMedia speaker line, including the awesome 5.1 ProMedia Ultras. If you thought that would be the end of Klipsch, think again. In a revival of sorts, Klipsch is once again focusing on PC audio, this time turning its attention to notebooks.
With a growing number of Alienware M11x notebook owners complaining about faulty hinges on the machine, Dell is now planning to introduce a “hinge fix program” in a bid to placate these worried, and often indignant, M11x-R1/R2 customers.
“We apologize for this process taking so long. We have an ETA around March for when the M11x-R1/R2 Hinge fix program will be started,” wrote Chris M, Dell’s forum liaison, on the Alienware forum. However, a start date range for the program has yet to be finalized and depends on a third-party vendor.
“When it does begin, all who have the hinge defect will get it repaired regardless of the warranty end date. We know that you deserve the re-designed Hinge and we will make it happen.”
While this latest announcement from Dell is sure to comfort worried customers, the fact is the company has already taken far too long to come up with a fix. The last time the PC vendor assured everyone that its “relevant internal teams” were looking into the matter was back in November, 2010. As it turns out, they are still at it.
Last year, Acer officially bumped Dell from its status as the No. 2 PC maker in the world, and now Acer is hoping that its Predator can hunt down one of Dell’s most prized brands: Alienware.
No, we are not making this up. It’s literally Alienware vs. Predator. Sure, we’re writing this while listening to that bootleg of the Predator soundtrack that made the rounds in the 1990s, but c’mon, what else could you think after seeing Acer’s Predator case.
Attention Alienware shoppers: You can now configure a pre-built gaming desktop with Bigfoot Networks' Killer 2100 NIC, Bigfoot announced today.
"Online gamers demand exceptional network performance," said Frank Azor, Product Planning Manager at Alienware. "The combination of Alienware PCs and the Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 gaming network card represents a lethal combination -- maximizing performance for more frags, faster leveling, and higher scores."
Of course, it's Azor's job to sell potential customers on the merits of Bigfoot Networks' latest dedicated NIC, and while our own testing revealed some definite improvements in average ping, we had a hard time discerning any subjective difference between the Killer 2100 versus the onboard Realtek Ethernet chip found on the Asus P7P55D-E we used for testing (see our full review of the Killer 2100 here).
Still want one? If so, Bigfoot says its Killer 2100 card is configurable in Dell's entire Alienware desktop lineup, and is also available as a direct purchase upgrade from Dell.com.
The terms petite and gaming notebook are about as incongruous as self-restraint and Wall Street, so our curiosity about Alienware’s M11x was naturally mixed with skepticism. Could this sub–five pound, 11-inch rig do much more than play aged or anemic titles?
Small as it is, the M11x indeed has substance. The first sign of hope was the GeForce GT 335M graphics card—a slightly faster kin to the GT 325M we found in Asus’s N61J 16-inch notebook (reviewed in May). Also stuffed into the wee chassis: a 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo overclocked to 1.73GHz (which can be turned off in the BIOS), 4GB of DDR2/1066 RAM, and a 7,200rpm 500GB hard drive. That’s a lot of gear to cram into an 11.25x8.25x1.25-inch body—so much, in fact, that there’s no room left for an optical drive.
Ever since Dell acquired Alienware almost four years ago to the day, power users have had a penchant for calling into question the boutique system builder's geek cred. Fair assessment or not, you have to credit Alienware for living on the bleeding edge of hardware, like being one of the first (if not the first) to offer a gaming PC built around Intel's recently unveiled 6-core Gulftown chip.
While you're at it, credit HotHardware for pulling whatever strings it took to land Alienware's new 6-core Area-51 and snapping a few pics. Details are sparse at the moment, but HH site owner Dave Altavilla tells us Alienware should be officially launching its newest Area-51 perhaps as early as tomorrow, which means you should be able to order one this week.
Those looking for high-end amenities will find them, including a hot-swap drive cage, a motorized side panel, and illuminated vent system. On the inside you'll find as much hardware as your wallet can accommodate. The one HotHardware abducted boasts a pair of Radeon HD 5970s (four GPUs!), a self-contained water cooler, and even a backup battery of sorts.
"So, when you open the side panel, even if the system is powered down and unplugged, you're still able to admire its build quality with a little mood lighting to warm you up like Barry White," Dave Altavilla explained.
Sounds groovy, and expensive. Unfortunately, no word yet on price.