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Alienware M11x notebook hits UK retail

by Parm Mann on 2 February 2010, 14:49

Tags: Alienware M11x, Dell (NASDAQ:DELL)

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If you weren't keen on Dell's Alienware M11x notebook when it was first unveiled back at CES, you may just have been swayed by the proposed $799 starting price.

Turns out that proposed figure was right on the mark for US customers, but as expected, the UK starting price of £750 doesn't quite reflect the current exchange rate.

Still, it might not be considered an entirely bad sum for what's considered to be one of the most potent 11.6in notebooks to date.

The starting price will net you an ultra-low-voltage 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 processor, 2GB of DDR3 memory and a 320GB hard drive. That's joined by the 1,366x768 widescreen display, on-the-fly switchable graphics courtesy of both an IGP and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 335M GPU, an eight-cell battery that promises up to 8.5 hours of life and Microsoft's Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System.

Not an earth-shattering selection of kit - but the upgrades you really want will set you back a further £40 for an ultra-low-voltage Intel Core 2 Duo processor, £80 to move up to 4GB of RAM and another £300 for a 256GB solid-state drive.

With an upgrade or two, you're looking at a very decent gaming/multi-purpose notebook for under £1,000. Measuring 32.7mm x 285.7mm x 233.3mm and weighing around 2kg, it's also one of the most portable gaming solutions around.

Rounding off the spec is Wireless N connectivity, three USB ports, Ethernet, HDMI out, a 3-in-1 card reader, front-facing stereo speakers, headset/microphone jacks, an AlienFX Illuminated Keyboard and two notebook colour options; Cosmic Black or Lunar Shadow.

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Hey guys, I really want to get this but I have some concerns.

I will be choosing the SU7300, and 4GB ram option.

Will this laptop be enough to do light programming such as Matlab and C++.

Also, will the ‘slower’ CPU affect the speed and performance for general uses such as web surfing, and watching HD videos…?

£300 upgrade cost for a 256gb SSD, is that right, seems too good value? I'm not sure you can buy a 256gb SSD for £300.
£300 upgrade cost for a 256gb SSD, is that right, seems too good value? I'm not sure you can buy a 256gb SSD for £300.

I'm sure Dell can get a better price on them than pretty much anyone else and it is an upgrade cost. Still, you are right, thats at least £100 cheaper than you'd expect looking at retail prices (£470?).
Mine came to a lil over £800, with nothing but the RAM and CPU upgrades, which isn't too bad, in my eyes, especially for what it is. Goodbye student loan, you will be greatly missed :wave:
Why use old CPUs on new product launches? Wouldn't this be better with a 520UM CPU?

18W as opposed to 10W on the SU4100, yet with the build in GPU, would make up for the extra power needed to power the separate IGP and provide the extra performance.

Not good enough in my books, sorry.