Dell introduces an 11.6 inch gaming laptop today that a number of sites have started referring to as an Alienware-branded netbook. It’s not. It’s a thin and light machine with a low power processor, high performance graphics, and a price tag of “under $1000.”
I’m willing to stretch the definition of netbook to include laptops that have 11 or 12 inch screens. Because to me, the whole point of netbooks is that they’re portable and cheap. Three years ago, you couldn’t find a laptop with an 11.6″ display for under $500. Now you can find quite a few. But while $1000 is certainly a great price for a gaming laptop, it’s not exactly cheap. I think the last time I spent $1000 on any computer was in 1994.
Anyway, if you’re still interested, the Alienware M11x packs a low power Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, NVIDIA 335M graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory, and an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display. It can play Call of Duty 4 in 720p at 30fps.
The notebook weighs about 4 pounds, which is pretty heavy for an ultraportable. It gets about 6.5 hours of battery life under normal usage, but only about 2 hours if you’re doing hardcore gaming.
More details at Gizmodo.