Dell’s first ultraportable gaming rig is now available for pre-order. The Alienware M11x will begin shipping on March 1st, but you can put in a pre-order for this 11.6 inch laptop for $799 and up starting today.

The base model features a 1.3GHz Pentium Dual Core SU4100 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB 5400rpm hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit), and NVIDIA GeForce GT 335 graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory. It also has 5.1 channel audio, and an 1366 x 768 pixel HD display.

That’s for the base model. There are a handful of upgrade options available. For instance, another $100 will get you a marginally faster 1.3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor. You can upgrade to 4GB of RAM for another $50, or to 8GB of RAM for a whopping $350 upgrade. A 250GB, 7200rpm hard drive will only set you back another $50, which totally seems worth it. The 256GB SSD for $570? I’m not as certain.

For a complete list of options, check out the Dell order page.

via Gizmodo

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4 replies on “Alienware M11x gaming thin and light up for pre-order for $799”

  1. I have to agree with OpNickC about the SSD pricing. It will run you $800 to add the 256G SSD to a 13 inch Macbook Pro and others are similar. Many people think an SSD only lightens the load, but it is actually a viable performance upgrade. SSD’s have much shorter access times than even 7200 RPM HDD’s. This is especially noticeable with slower CPU’s.

    I haven’t seen any 13 inch notebooks running as powerful a GPU as this one. The GT335M supports CUDA technology which means the GPU will take some of the load off the 1.3GHz processor.

    I did notice that the specs page for the system quoted the DDR3 at 1066MHz, but it currently comes with DDR3 800MHz. This isn’t a big deal, but I asked the folks at Dell about it and was told that it will be available with DDR3 1066 in the near future and they said they couldn’t give me any additional details about the configuration.

    It does make me wonder if they are going to move to the SL series core 2 duos. They will fit in the same socket as the SU and offer speeds up to 2.13GHz with a 1066MHz FSB. They do draw an additional 7 watts of power which will undoubtedly drop unplugged computing time of the current battery. It probably won’t make a huge difference overall, but at least it shows Dell is still developing the system instead of releasing it and sitting back.

  2. This is a cool computer but it makes me wonder. Is this a secondary computer purchase or a primary computer? I wonder the weight of this thing. Some of us have deeper pockets than others and perhaps this type of price is still considered a secondary computer. If I out with a portable PC, I’m not really looking to game on 2009 and 2010 FPS games. That’s what my home rig is for.

  3. lol, you mean $50 for the 250gb upgrade not 450. And $570 is not an unreasonable price for a 256gb SSD upgrade, those things cost $700-$900 on their own (!).

    I’ve been considering this laptop since just after it was announced (when my current/previous laptop died). I went ahead and pulled the trigger when it became available. I know it’s lot for this blog, but $1000 is not a bad price for a good notebook, and you can get this thing darn well configured for that much. I need better than the atom (for simulations and virtualization), and want better than the ion (mostly for gaming, admittedly) – for me this is a fantastic system at a great price.

    Anyway, it may not be a netbook, but I think it makes a great, high-end ‘liliputer’. 🙂

    1. Hopefully you can report back regarding the battery life when you get your laptop.

      But I agree with gman about the weight of this computer. You could get a 13.3 inch system with similar weight (probably 4.5 pounds instead of 4.1 pounds) and with similar gaming chops. It would have a larger footprint, but it would also be a bit thinner.

      Still, it sounds like they’ve made a niche product and you squarely fit that niche.

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