Predictably, it's Alienware that delivers.
After the relative sensibility of the m3200 I demanded (well, asked) Alienware to produce a laptop that was so ludicrously over the top it would convince doubters it had not gone soft. Well, it has delivered in super quick time.
The beast that is the Aurora m7700 is the company’s first AMD powered notebook and its gone straight for the jugular with a choice of either Athlon 64 FX or X2 dual core processors. Sadly, these aren’t true portable chips, but rather desktop CPUs fitted into a gaming monster (15.6 x 11.7 x 2.1in) but it is some spectacle nonetheless.
A choice of GeForce Go 6800, 6800 Ultra and 7800 GTX graphics cards means there is no room for the fainthearted and the 17in 1900 x 1200 panel is just the kind of display you’d want to show things off (a more normal 17in 1440 x 900 option is also available, ”boo hiss”). A couple of gigs worth of RAM can be slotted in and there’s support for dual hard disk drives in RAID 0 and RAID 1 configurations or alternatively a couple of DVD-rewriters.
Connectivity is basically an A-Z list of what’s out there with 4x USB2.0, 2x FireWire, DVI and S-Video connectors, Ethernet, modem, serial, parallel, PS2 ports and a PCMCIA slot. Audio is provided via a 5.1 chip with all the usual outputs and a 7-in-1 card reader completes the picture.
A whopping 6600mAH battery doesn’t have a quoted life, but I would expect it to be a significant improvement on previous models which often lasted under an hour during an intense session of fps-ing. Alienware doesn’t give away any weight details either, but I think it is safe to assume your back won’t be your number one fan is you decide to carry it everywhere.
Clearly, the company’s designers have put together this machine after a serious knees up as its specifications represent the very pinnacle of laptop gaming. Following the down to earth m3200 it is nice to see the company is once again living on another planet.