Gaming Netbook? The words GAMING and NETBOOK were never a good mix, even on the typical Atom-based netbooks could turn a Flash-based game to crawl. Ever tried playing Bejewelled 2 on an Atom-based system? (Yes, I do play them Popcap games!)
The Alienware M11x is a netbook but not with an Atom processor, and in fact it is really THE THING that brings GAMING and NETBOOK together.
Here’s the detail of the Alienware M11x for this article.
And look, it even comes with a discreet graphic sytem! w00t for gaming!
From what gathered, the specs have changed and newer M11x comes with Intel Core i3 processors! Source I have no idea how I was given a spec that’s going to change in a few months but hey, don’t blame me for that! Refer to the site for latest specs.
What can be done on what I was using, I’m sure it can do better on the newer specs.
Here’s the notebook opened.
Here’s the top bezel, which you could actually customize it to your liking. Try customizing your own M11x and you’ll see what I mean, you get to choose your bezel color, Avatar and wallpaper.
The view from the front is beautiful, kinda reminds me of some jet fighter. Say the F-117A?
Input and output available.
A closer view of the front styling.
Here’s where the speakers are.
Then there’s the lovely keyboard.
The touch pad is textured while the buttons match the rest of the body.
The keyboard is of a comfortable plastic (I think) and the best part is that……..
Oh and it’s not just in RED but you can choose practically any color that’s available to from the software.
Here’s a video on the color changing.
The dimension of this device is pretty much between a Notebook and a Netbook, same goes to the weight.
Performance wise, it’s better than most notebooks out there.
|Processor||SU 7300||X2 250|
Ok well yeah it’s looks pretty dismal but from what I gathered from users of the M11x is that people do appreciate the SU 7300 processor due to the low power consumption, allowing them to have 5 hours or more for those games that are less demanding.
Rather than having a table, here’s a video of the Crysis demo done on the M11x. 1366×768 with 0xAA, details set to MEDIUM.
As for the Crysis demo ? It averages at about 22 fps with that setting and took up about 5% of the battery power after 4 run of Crysis demo.
The system remains cool, with processor going no more than 54°C. Battery life can go up to 8+/- hours for light usage but for gaming, it’s reduced to around 2+/- hours.
It’s a good choice ONLY if you wish to be gaming on the go, or if you’re looking for something portable yet supports gaming
I came to know some have played games like Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 and Battlefield : Bad Company 2 with no problems.
Needless to say, if you’re gaming, you’d better be having a power source nearby as well.