Dell is based in Texas, where everything is allegedly bigger. So maybe it’s not surprising to see that the company is killing off its smallest Alienware gaming laptop. Dell has already largely pulled out of the US netbook, smartphone, and Android tablet space.
Dell introduced the Alienware M11x gaming notebook with an 11.6 inch display a few years ago when netbooks were all the rage. The idea was to provide a laptop with all the CPU and graphics power necessary to run the latest games, but in a smaller, lighter package than most portable gaming rigs.
The company has upgraded the laptop several times over the past few years, providing faster processors or more powerful graphics while keeping the core package the same: a gaming machine that weighs less than 4.5 pounds.
But now the Alienware M11x is on the way out. Dell has introduced its 2012 Alienware laptop lineup, and while the 14, 17, and 18 inch models are getting a makeover, the M11x isn’t due for any sort of an update — and Dell plans to phase out the littlest Alienware system over the next year.
Dell says PC gamers demand optical disc drives and larger keyboards than those found on the 11.6 inch laptop. But the move means that fans of the smaller gaming laptop don’t really have anywhere else to turn, since there aren’t really any other products on the market from any company that match the Alienware M11x’s gaming-centric features in a package that small.
Maybe Razer will release its 7-inch dual screen gaming notebook one of these years.
In the meantime, you can still buy the latest Alienware M11x for $899 and up from Dell.com. For that price you get a system with a 1.3 Ghz Intel Core i3-2357M processor, NVIDIA GeForece GT540M graphics, an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 750GB 7200RPM hard drive, 5.1 channel audio, and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Crazy, I just found out that they discontinued the M11x…I love my R3 and I game on it all the time. It’s really a shame.
Actually Clevo will release W110,an 11.6 inch powerhouse as soon as Ivy Bridge hits live.It will use Kepler and quad-core i7’s.There are a bunch of retailers to order from and it can provide at least 2x the performance of the latest M11x.
I’m not surprised by this move. This is part of Dell’s move away from ultraportable computers, yes, but also it’s hard to make a good ultraportable gaming laptop. It’s really hard to put a high-speed CPU and GPU in a small computer, and high performance CPU/graphics will kill the battery life.
Then again, the up and coming Ivy Bridge computers will have superior built-in GPUs, which will allow them to play fairly recent games.
Personally, as an ultraportable netbook user, I have come to accept that I will not be able to play the latest and greatest games on my netbook. Instead, I download and play classic games over at gog.com.
I hear you, Slurpy. I’m also partial to small but capable laptops, and I’d like to see more of them, not fewer. On the up side, for anyone wanting to buy one of these, there’s bound to be some good clearance prices once they end production.
I love my m11x R3. . . it’s perfect for carrying around campus, and playing games when none of my students bother to show up for my office hours. While I think the CPU is a bit underpowered (and it’s the high-end option, the i7-2657M), it’s still a shame to see the line go. . .
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