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Alienware's "all powerful" notebook revealed

by Parm Mann on 29 May 2009, 11:49

Tags: M17x, Alienware (NASDAQ:DELL)

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Earlier this month, Alienware - the ultra high-end arm of Dell - was teasing the launch of forthcoming notebooks and desktops described simply as "all powerful".

That teaser, incidentally, continues to run at allpowerful.com and won't expire for another four days - coinciding with the launch of COMPUTEX on June 2nd. Fortunately for those intrigued, it appears Alienware couldn't contain its excitement any longer and has jumped the gun by unveiling its all-powerful M17x notebook - successor to last year's M17.

The somewhat-portable system, pictured below, is a gargantuan desktop replacement that measures 400.5mm x 321.31mm x 53.59mm and weighs roughly 5.3kg.

It's $1,799 base specification will include a GeForce 9400M IGP, and a discrete GeForce GTX 260M - both utilising NVIDIA's Hybrid Power to ensure the 260M powerhouse kicks in only when needed. The graphics combo will be joined by a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive and a nine-cell battery.

Far from all powerful, we reckon, but there will be a number of optional upgrades available. Choose to crank the specification up and you could get yourself a pair of GeForce GTX 280M GPUs in SLI configuration - on top of the GeForce 9400M IGP, remember - along with a quad-core Intel Core 2 Extreme processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, a 512GB solid state drive, Blu-ray functionality and a 1,920 x 1,200 edge-to-edge LCD.

What that'll cost remains to be seen, but we're surprised not to see Intel's Core i7 thrown into the mix.



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The red lighting you see isn't caused by LEDs, it's the heat given off by those components ;)
What is the point? You can get a desktop for less with a similar spec, more storage, for less. I mean, this thing isn't exactly going to be that portable now is it? So why not just get a desktop for less money.
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What is the point? You can get a desktop for less with a similar spec, more storage, for less. I mean, this thing isn't exactly going to be that portable now is it? So why not just get a desktop for less money.

that has always, always, always been the way with laptops and desktops. that will slip onto a bag where a desktop, even a shuttle with a smallish monitor wont
You're going to need a chuffing big bag to cart thqat beast about. I'm all for portability, but that thing's stretching the envelope somewhat.
its only 17", its practically minuscule in comparison to a 19 or a 20"

and its all in one, with transportation in mind rather than a sff pc with a monitor you have to take the stand off and protect the screen some how - and a either a boxy base unit like a shuttle or something flat relying on integrated graphics.

its the 10 second LAN setup comp :)