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Dell Dates & Details First Truly Portable Gaming Laptop

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We got our hands-on the dinky 11.6in Alienware M11x at CES last month, but Dell kept the vast majority of specifications a closely guarded secret. Not anymore!

Today sees the monstrous PC maker spill the beans and highlights include:

  • Processor: Up to Intel Core2 Duo SU7300 (1.3GHz, 800 MHz, 3 MB)
  • Graphics: 1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA GeForce® GT 335M
  • Memory: Up to 8GB DDR3 1066MHz
  • Hard Drive: Up to 500GB 7200RPM or 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Connection: 802.11 b/g/n & Optional Internal WWAN
  • Ports: HDMI / Displayport / three USB / Media Card Reader / FireWire
  • Battery Life: Up to 8.5 Hours of Battery Life (don't bet on that while gaming though)
  • Performance: Dell claims over 6,100 3DMark 06 Score
A rather impressive list. On top of this we find out the M11x weighs in at just 1.68Kg making it possibly the first truly portable gaming machine and prices start from £749 including VAT and delivery - but expect that to rise exponentially if you go to town on the upgrades.

“The extraordinary performance of the Alienware M11x redefines, in a big way, the capabilities of small form factor laptops,” said Arthur Lewis, general manager, Dell Gaming Group. “By combining this level of graphics performance, with over-clockable CPUs in a truly mobile product – all for less than £749 - Dell once again demonstrates its commitment to making superior technology accessible to all.”

"Accessible to all" might be going a bit far, considering that you can push the M11x north of £2k if you spec it up, but he has a point. On the flipside, I would question whether anyone really needs a desktop style gaming experience every minute of the day - then again it is on sale immediately so at least we now have the option...

Links:
Alienware M11x Product Page
Dell History of the M11x Development

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