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Dell Alienware M11x-R3 Performance Review, Mini Gaming Engine

Gaming notebook is identical to the large dimensions. However, the M11x with a mini form capable of being a “powerful weapon” in game play.

Alienware is a phenomenal brand. Vendor is widely recognized as the brand for high-end notebook gaming notebook offers a series of mini M11x has trod the third generation.

In the third generation, the M11x has experienced improvements in the performance balanced with the resistance of the batteries. This is thanks to the use of an Intel Core i7 and the second generation of Ultra Mobile Optimus technology from Nvidia graphics card.

Notebook for gaming is identical with the large screen size. A wide range of notebooks on the market also comes with a screen size of 15 to 17 inches. However, the actual notebook for gaming was not necessarily large. With the dimensions of the mini too, Alienware M11x can deliver the sensation of playing games comfortably.

Alienware notebook does have an unusual design. With its unique, whole body covered with a layer of soft rubber notebook even get to the bottom of notebook. While the interior uses a hard plastic material so impressed sturdy. At the bottom of notebook there are metal plates can be engraved with owner’s name (or name of the game clan) that highlight exclusivity aura.

On the inside, the keyboard looks very solid. Keys of keyboard like jostling with each other. However, cool, backlit lights on the keyboard can be customized via AlienFX software. This application can also set the display lights on the front grill, Alienware logo, power button and indicator panel. There are 20 colors and 3 different effects that can be customized according to taste.

Present without an optical drive, the M11x has a fairly complete connectivity. SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports are available as much as 3 pieces, HDMI port, Firewire and DisplayPort. It is unfortunate indeed, with a thick body M11x should has the optical drive slot on the right side (which still leaves a blank space). This considering the game installation currently still requires DVD.

M11x third generation has increased from the previous generation. With a more hurried and power-saving processor, M11x R3 fighting machine that can be taken anywhere.

Test Results

With the battery life is longer (and a much higher score on the test game Stalker), Alienware is more suitable for portable gaming.

Testing Dell Alienware M11x R3
(Intel Core i7-2630UM 1.6 GHz, memory DDR3-1333 8 GB, VGA Nvidia GT 540M, 11.6 inches)
Toshiba Portege Z830
(Intel Core i7-2677M 1.8 GHz, 6 GB DDR3 memory, VGA Intel HD Graphics, 14 inches)
SYSmark 2012 V1.0.0.54 111
PCMark7 Professional Edition V1.0.4 2219 3348
3DMark Vantage 1680
Cinebench R11.5 2.03 2.31
Stalker (Day) 37.40 fps 10.60 fps
video encoding 30 minutes 35 seconds 26 minutes 46 seconds
audio encoding 1 minute 40 seconds 1 minute 33 seconds
Battery Life
Playing HD Video 2 hours 32 minutes 2 hours 26 minutes
Battery Eater (Text) 6 hours 6 minutes 5 hours 10 minutes

Specification

processor Intel Core i7-2630UM (1.6 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
memory 8 GB DDR3
chipset Intel Cougar Point QS67, Intel Sandy Bridge
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics Family + Nvidia GF GT 540M
sound card Realtek ALC665
Hard Drive 750 GB
Optical drive
Screen 11.6 inch, 1366×768 pixel
facilities WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, HDMI, USB 3.0 (2x), USB 2.0 Chargeable, DisplayPort, Firewire, webcam, card reader
Operating System Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
battery 63 Wh, 8-cell
dimension 28.6 x 23.3 x 3.3 cm
weight 2.1 kg
guarantee 2 years
web site http://www.alienware.com
Price range*

AlienFX
This feature provides a very interesting luminescence light on notebook. Part of logo, keyboard, keypad, and speaker can come up with different colors of luminescence. Only the Alienware has a style like this.

Custom nametag
Iron plate which serves as a nametag can be engraved with your name or your clan. This gives the unique feature found only in this product.

Sound OK
Supported audio technology from Klipsch, the resulting sound output is very clear. Instruments and vocal heard clearly, bass was quite soft.

Conclusion

Plus: Dimensions mini, long battery life, soft voice output.

Minus: No optical drive, keyboard layout squeezed.

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