Alienware officially unveils M11x R3, M14x, M18x gaming laptops

Alienware officially unveils M11x R3, M14x, M18x gaming laptops

Summary: After weeks of leaks, Alienware is finally ready to announce the latest models in its gaming laptop lineup. On the blog of parent company Dell, the freshly updated M11x and the new M14x and M18x notebooks were detailed yesterday.

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After weeks of leaks, Alienware is finally ready to announce the latest models in its gaming laptop lineup. On the blog of parent company Dell, the freshly updated M11x and the new M14x and M18x notebooks were detailed yesterday.

The M11x -- "The Most Powerful 11-inch Laptop in the Universe," according to Alienware -- will now sport new Intel Sandy Bridge processors, either the Core i5-2537M or Core i7-2617M, along with Nvidia GeForce GT 540M graphics. The gaming netbook also provides the option for AT&T or Verizon 3G Wireless WAN connectivity. While the older version of the M11x is still available on the Dell site starting at under $600, you're being told to call for pricing of the latest iteration, though Engadget claims it will start at $999.

Engadget is also stating that the M14x will be priced starting at $1,199, though the Dell site again tells potential buyers to call for pricing. Alienware promises dual-core and quad-core Sandy Bridge CPU options, GeForce GT 555M graphics, and optional wireless HD support. Steam is preloaded on the laptop to let you download the latest games, and the Alienware Command Center allows you to tweak keyboard lighting, touchpad, and power management settings.

No pricing is available for the new M18x, but you will have an option for a Core i7 Extreme processor overclocked to 4GHz courtesy of Alienware. The company also claims that the laptop will support dual-graphics technology from ATI and Nvidia -- a.k.a. CrossFireX and SLI, respectively -- though it appears that a pair of graphics card will be an optional feature. It comes with an 18.4-inch white-LED-backlit 1080p display and probably weighs a bazillion pounds, so start strengthening those back muscles now if you plan to take one on the go regularly.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Alienware officially unveils M11x R3, M14x, M18x gaming laptops

    I've got a decked out M17x and the thing weighs a bloody ton. You might need a burro to carry the M18. Weight aside though, its the best damn laptop (or desktop for that matter) I've ever owned.
    TJWJ
  • But will it play Crysis!!!!!

    Funny how that game is still the great humbler even years later! My new desktop PC has an Intel Core i7 980X 6 core processor @ 3.3 GHz, 24 GB RAM, and a pair of GeForce GTX 580 Fermi Black Ops video cards with 1536 MB memory each in SLI configuration. It runs Crysis with all the settings maxed and at 1600 x 1200 resolution and it runs like watching a movie. Now the cooling fans in the case and the heat exchanger fan for the processor's liquid cooling all spool up and sound like a helicopter taking off when I'm running it. <br><br>Of course the full tower and twin 24" monitors aren't exactly portable! <br><br>I wish the article had listed some games it was tested with although I don't know what out there is as demanding as the original Crysis. (Crysis2 is not as demanding.) I recall metro 2033 was supposed to be demanding as was STALKER: Call of Pripyat. I didn't find the latter all that difficult to run on max with a single ATI X1950 Pro with 512 MB memory and a Pentium 4. Metro 2033 wouldn't even start on that system! <br><br>Anyway, an article on a kick-butt gaming PC that doesn't say what hard to run on max settings games it can play sorta misses the point. No?
    jhand47201