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Alienware M17 Packs CrossFireX, Mobile Quad-Core

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We were a little disappointed by the latest Alienware Area-51 gaming PC, but not everything the company makes is all that bad. Take the Area 51 M15x laptop, for example. Hopefully the M17 laptop, announced today, will be in that latter category, too. It's definitely intimidating on paper, at least!

Foremost on the list of possible components is an Intel quad-core CPU (although dual core options are also available), up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and as many as two AMD ATI Radeon HD 3870 GPUs in CrossFireX. Screen wise options include either a 1,440 x 900 or a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution panel in the M17's 17in chassis, though in such a system only the latter is really worth considering.

There's the option to have two hard drives, giving up to 1TB of storage and a Blu-ray drive can also be specced, to go with that Full HD capable screen. A 12-cell battery is included; although probably more to show willing than anything else. Frankly even calling the M17 a laptop seems a bit silly - would you really want 4.3Kg of notebook resting on your knees?

Pricing starts from £999, but quickly spirals up to ludicrous levels as the options are increased. Surely no-one buys an Alienware based on budget, though?

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