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2011-04-21T00:34:18Z
The rumors were true, and the teasers were worthwhile. Today, Dell's Alienware line grew by three, as three new gaming notebooks were launched for power-hungry users who just can't tote anything less than the best. There's even a new M18x, an 18" monster that claims to be the world's most powerful in that size. It's joined by the M14x (a nicely sized mid-range machine) and the M11x, a highly portable gaming rig that's definitely worlds away from being a netbook.


The larger two are totally new to the Alienware family, while the M11x is a revised model. All three are available with the latest Intel Core i processors, and the M18x will ship with dual GPUs and a Core i7 Extreme CPU that's overclocked from the factor to 4GHz. Yeah, 4GHz! The M18x and M14x will also offer optional wireless HD audio/video for TV streaming, and there's HDMI 1.4 for 3D support. You'll also get USB 3.0 ports, optional WiMAX and plenty of custom options to tailor make the perfect machine for you. The prices won't shock you if you're used to Alienware, but trust us: they aren't cheap.

The M18x, M14x and M11x each offer blistering performance on the go. Highlights of the new M18x include:

  • An 18.4-inch FHD WLED 1080p display for the best visuals possible
  • Powerful Dual GPU options with the fastest graphics memory (GDDR5) on all graphics options
  • Both AMD and NVIDIA graphics options, in Crossfire X and SLI, respectively
  • New Intel “Huron River” Architecture with a new factory overclocked Intel Core i7 Extreme Quad Core processor up to 4GHz
  • Upgradeable to up to 32GB 1333MHz memory
  • HDMI/Display Port output & HDMI-in
  • Wireless HD & 3D output options, delivering low-latency high-def content wirelessly or output to 3D displays

Highlights of the new M14x include:

  • 14-inch WLED HD (720p) display standard (1366x768) or optional 14-inch WLED HD+ (900p) display (1600x900)
  • Second-generation Overclockable Intel Core i CPUs with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Updated graphics featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M with up to 3GB of VRAM
  • NVIDIA Optimus technology to extend battery life
  • Up to 8GB of 1600MHz Extreme-Performance system memory
  • HDMI 1.4 to support connectivity on HDTVs and 7.1 digital audio
  • Audio powered by Klipsch (onboard speakers)
  • Optional Intel WiMAX technology

And the refreshed M11x includes:

  • An 11.6-inch WLED HD (720p) display (WXGA 1366x768)
  • Second-generation Overclockable Intel Core i CPUs with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Updated graphics featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
  • Up to 16GB of 1333MHz high-performance system memory
  • HDMI 1.4 to support connectivity on HDTVs and 7.1 digital audio
  • Audio powered by Klipsch (onboard speakers)
  • Optional Intel WiMAX technology
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CDeeter
2011-04-21T07:17:33Z

Total Dream Machines!

omegadraco
2011-04-21T07:49:05Z

Beautiful but again they are made by Dell so personally I would rather buy a maingear laptop. The M18x is a pretty powerful machine and may be the most powerful machine in that class but you have to consider that it does not have much competition it is very rare to see a laptop of that size.

CDeeter
2011-04-21T09:25:35Z

True, but our laps seem to be growing to match. So maybe they are just ahead of the curve! lol

rapid1
2011-04-21T12:16:31Z

ROFl what is the point in an 18" laptop though why not just get a desktop with a 20" pr bigger LED for less. An 18" laptop is to big to be mobile not to mention there is no way it would operate for more than 45-60 minutes unplugged.

rapid1
2011-04-21T12:18:04Z

I mean they are nice I just don't get the point I can build a better speced machine for less as a desktop which this basically is that also has higher class internal components.

Drake_McNasty
2011-04-21T12:48:49Z

It's a polished turd, don't be fooled.

CDeeter
2011-04-23T15:31:33Z

True, but when it came time to take that system to your friends for a night of fun, how much of a pain in the butt would it be to unplug everything pack it up, and then setup at their house. Yes these "laptops" aren't realistically mobile in the daily work sense, but are a hell of a lot easier to move than a desktop. And I don't think it's possible to build a desktop that weighs any where near as much.