It may look a lot like the Alienware M11x first unveiled in January, but the Rev. Measuring The front lip is still menacingly angled, whilst the rest of the system remains blocky and robust-looking. As far as aesthetics are concerned, buyers are likely to be divided. For the gaming crowd, an For everybody else, it's likely to come across as gaudy. But get past the brash exterior and there's plenty to like.
The Alienware M11x is solidly built, shows practically no sign of flex in its rigid main body, and despite measuring That's a little heavier than most other Whilst the first-generation M11x arrived armed with an ageing Core 2 processor, the second revision is available with a choice of two more-potent alternatives; a 1.
Both of which feature integrated Intel HD graphics. An impressive collection of hardware in a system of this size, and it's rounded off nicely by a 1. VGA, unfortunately, doesn't make the cut. Here you'll find a silver plate that, for US customers at least, can be laser-etched with an engraving of your choice.
There's also a useful one-touch battery status indicator that lets you know how much juice you have left whether or not the system is powered on. Additionally, the left again has a Kensington lock and a third USB 2. HDMI and display port have been placed further back in comparison to the predecessor. In return, the Fast Ethernet port unfortunately towards the front. The only significant difference: Alienware hasn't built in a VGA-out this time.
All modern monitors have at least a DVI with adapter compatible to HDMI , but nevertheless, this economy measure isn't quite intelligible. But the buyer gets more than the competition usually offers, anyway. Thus, a manual, a black and extremely soft velvet protection cover and an operating system DVD is found inside the elegantly designed carton, aside from the necessary 90 watt adapter.
You fortunately don't have to trouble yourself with time consuming burning of recovery DVDs. Alienware has retained itself pleasantly in terms of software. The system installation doesn't have any annoying bloatware. The so-called Command Center is the heart. The light elements can be adjusted AlienFX , energy savings options modified Alien Fusion , the touchpad configured Alien Touch and the security settings changed Alien Sense with assistance of a clearly arranged and easy to use interface.
The mediocre display was one of the biggest critique points of the Alienware M11x. Unfortunately, hardly any improvements have been made in this regard. The brightness is still on a disappointingly low level with an average of Games and movies noticeably lack brilliance. However, the user won't notice this much. With 0. A value of 0. Many notebooks are above 1. On the other hand, good displays have a black value of less than 0. The contrast is identical to the predecessor with a low Finally, the colors made a good impression on us.
The If you only have one window open, you'll be able to manage. But then, it quickly gets tight with two windows e. Games and movies can't develop their full potential atmosphere because of the small display. It simply lacks the space to perceive all details accordingly. This condition gets especially noticeable in first person shooters, like Modern Warfare where battles are often carried out over large distances and opponents, respectively the crosshair look unpleasantly small.
A further flaw is the display's intense reflectiveness. You'll already frequently face disagreeable reflections indoors. First an extreme dimming of the room weakens this circumstance noticeably. The use outdoors, where a combination of annoying reflections and low display brightness hardly allow for seeing anything on the display, proves to be even more difficult. Thus, mobility is significantly restricted, despite its compact dimensions of x x 33 mm.
A picture similar to most screens currently built-in is shown in the viewing angles. Whilst the viewing angle stability is still okay on the horizontal plane, slight deviations on the vertical plane are already enough to falsify colors and illumination, and certain image areas quickly look gra.
In summary, we would hope for an ultimately higher quality display in the next revision, which can also ideally be configured with an AR-coated surface. The Core iUM with 1. We've opted for the somewhat weaker Core iUM. Like the faster Core i5 processors e.
The Core i doesn't have to hide from its kind in regards to its other features, either. Thus, the processor has the hyperthreading technology that provides a simulation of two additional CPU cores, which allows managing up to four cores simultaneously primarily an advantage in optimized applications. Furthermore, the automatic overclocking function of Turbo Boost , which increases the clock rate from the standard 1. The Pentium, respectively Core 2 processor, in the older model could also provide a maximum overclocking of 1.
The midrange graphic card from Nvidia is manufactured in a modern 40nm process and can serve with 72 unified shaders and a MB sized DDR3 video memory. Unfortunately, the memory is only tethered to bits , which can turn into a bottleneck in higher resolutions, respectively quality settings. Too bad: DirectX 11 support isn't available.
The user has to be content with DirectX A highlight of the M11x is and will remain to be the switching between the integrated and dedicated graphics unit GeForce GT M. However, the user doesn't have to intervene manually any more switchable graphics.
It's done fully automatically by Nvidia's exclusive Optimus Technology instead. The lightning fast, and for the user invisible, automatic switching process, which theoretically selects the suitable graphics unit at the start of an application, would primarily be named as an advantage of Optimus the display would turn black for a few seconds with switchable graphics. But exactly that is sometimes a problem in practical use.
Optimus occasionally selects the wrong graphics and, for example, runs a graphic-biased application with the integrated graphic unit instead of the dedicated one this was the case in Furmark and Metro in our test device. As a result, it's necessary to intervene manually see right screenshot above , which takes the time that you should actually be saving with Optimus. Nvidia has to be given credit that the error rate has decreased considerably with the last drivers, though.
If you ultimately prefer switchable graphics or rather like Optimus is very dependent on individual taste. In any case, both alternatives have their benefits and drawbacks. Hyperthreading supplies a regular performance boost in multi-core rendering, because all cores are fully loaded. It computes twice as fast with points in single-core and points in multi-core rendering.
The Core iM again plays in another league with points. An installation of the latest PhysX software didn't help in this case, either. Upon inquiry at Nvidia, all applications worked perfectly after we replaced the pre-installed graphics driver We also compared the Alienware M11x R2 with its predecessor in the graphic benchmarks.
Once again, a reversed picture was given by 3DMark Both tools certify that the hard disk has a good performance. We would describe the overall application performance as good. The Alienware M11x R2 masters common application scenarios, like video rendering or internet surfing perfectly.
The relatively weak processor first comes to its limits in more demanding games and the wish for a few MHz more of clock rate comes up. We aimed to find out if the processor has a significant impact on the gaming performance or if it is always the graphic card that represents the limiting factor.
The second part of the horror series principally ran fairly smooth with Unfortunately, the frame rate plummeted in irregular intervals so that occasional, hefty stutters turned up. The M11x R2 The spectacularly staged shooter can only be enjoyed with restrictions due to The M11x R2 again falls behind its predecessor, M11x A meager In combination with a Core iM and can only distinguish itself slightly with The graphic card's influence decreases noticeably in low details and disabled quality enhancements x Because Anno scales massively with the number of cores and clock rate, major differences between the processors become evident.
The latest offshoot of the popular Battlefield series counts to the more demanding tracks in terms of hardware. A smooth game play can't be considered on the Asus N82JV, either. The Alienware M11x R2 finds medium details and a waiver on quality enhancement x more palatable We made an unusual experience with the youngest offshoot of the Need for Speed series.
Thus, medium details and 2x AA x ran exactly 6 fps slower than high details and 4x AA x Perhaps it was a window mode that Shift forcefully activates in certain resolutions? M11x If you don't expect much from the frame rate, you can try Dirt 2 even in high details and 2x AA. For example, we determined However, the Alienware M11x R2 is noticeably slower than the first version that achieved The lead shrinks in medium details and a resolution of x and the M11x R2 can almost catch up with But both notebooks pull the short straw against the Asus N82JV's Lastly, we checked the performance with the undisputed graphics reference, Crysis and experienced a surprise.
Whilst the "old" M11x still knows how to display medium details and a resolution of x fairly smooth However, the Asus N82JV's fun also ends quickly. We don't have to mention the M11x Several conclusions can be made after our detailed gaming tests. First: The CPU impact in low or medium details can be quite remarkable, but it's only conditionally relevant in high details - no matter if an energy saving starter processor e.
Core iUM or a high clocked, high-end bolide e. Secondly: The Alienware M11x refresh can hardly ever set itself apart from the first version. In opposition to the application benchmarks, the Core iUM frequently computes even noticeably slower than the older Core 2 Duo SU The reason is to be looked for especially in the low clock rate. Whilst the SU is permanently overclocked to 1.
Nevertheless, the given gaming performance is overall more than good and just outstanding for a subnotebook. If you value a modern CPU architecture and want to at least reach the performance level of the first version in games at the same time, you should reconsider the surcharge for a Core iUM , as it can serve with 1.
This way, the bus speed can be increased from up to MHz in one MHz steps. The second version of the M11x makes a noticeable step forward in noise development. The case's small fan is only slightly audible in 2D mode office, internet, movies, etc. The fan even deactivates itself completely in low load so that the notebook is almost silent. The noise level increases to a well audible, but not yet disturbing, level in 3D mode benchmarks, games, etc.
The gaming sounds are usually not drowned out. The M11x R2 first attracts attention under full load with a very audible, and in the long run, annoying noise. Talking about annoying: As we unfortunately could observe in more and more test devices lately, the M11x R2's adapter partly emits a quiet whine , which is why the adapter should be stowed as far as possible under the desk. A minor whistling could also be heard from the notebook, in the area of the fan, when listening closer.
Because everyone has a slightly different noise sensitivity, such interferences can annoy some users, whereas others shouldn't have any problems with it. Nevertheless, we found the noise development better than in the first M11x, which proved to be more present especially under load.
The reverse side of the lower noise emissions is the increased temperatures. The M11x R2 isn't exactly cool in idle mode with partly The surfaces heat up extremely under load. A use on the lap gets unpleasant due to the base's temperature of up to The situation isn't much better on the upper side. The gaming fun is spoilt considerably by a maximum of You inevitably get the feeling, you're placing your palms on a heating.
Now we look at the components that always presented themselves as acceptably tempered. In return, there are bigger differences in the graphic card. The sound of both loudspeakers placed on the case's bottom surprised us positively. Of course, the quality level of an external sound system can't be reached in any way, but the sound is above average good for a The slightly imprecise and muffled sound would be mentioned as weaknesses. It lacks dynamics and volume. In order to tickle the most out of the integrated sound system, you should really check if instant mode is enabled under improvements in the loudspeaker properties.
Alienware equips the M11x R2 with a fixed eight cell battery 63 Wh , which provides for very good runtimes in interaction with Optimus Technology.
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The elegant name plate is allegedly laser-etched. The illumination allows pleasant typing even in the dark. The keys can be well seen even in the dark because of their white bezel. A delicate honeycomb pattern adorns the well-dimensioned touchpad. The right has three audio connections and two USB 2. The LAN port has been placed too far front for our taste.
The packaging is already designed elegantly. The supplies are in a futuristic tinted carton. Naturally, a manual shouldn't be omitted. The Alienware M11x is well stowed in the black velvet protection cover. The flat 90 watt adapter gets quite warm under load. Typical for Alienware: the workmanship is excellent. A small fan dissipates the waste heat out of the case's rear.
The subnotebook's design is strictly orientated on gamers. The notebook lid looks slightly rubberized in the black alternative. The maximum opening angle is more than sufficient. The There are two colors to choose from with black and silver. Eight screws have to be removed beforehand in order to access the components. The voluminous battery is unfortunately not removable. The graphic card and processor aren't easy to access. Both loudspeakers are placed on the case's bottom. The Alienware M11x looks rather angular in design.
Let's be honest, though: despite having an The LCD bezel is huge, and Alienware could have easily tweaked the design slightly to get a Regardless, this is still the smallest viable gaming system right now, with the only real alternative being the Sony VAIO Z series. For that you get an iM 2.
Of those changes, the item that the M11x needs the most is the LCD, at least if it's a higher contrast option, because the LCD panel is our primary remaining complaint with the R2. In our actual testing , it manages just and is the weakest link in an otherwise awesome package.
That's another complaint we have with the M11x R2: pricing is no longer quite as compelling. In fact, if you're willing to give up Arrandale ULV, you can get the original for a lower cost, with slightly better battery life and the potential to run Linux and still get switchable graphics. For those that don't care about Linux, however, the R2 is going to be the better option—remember that getting driver updates for switchable graphics from NVIDIA is unlikely, whereas the latest Verde drivers support Optimus laptops.
Before we get into the numbers, here's a quick look at the specs of the M11x R2. The installed options in our test system are bolded. For better or worse, though, the VGA port is gone. For one, the lack of Gigabit Ethernet is a joke. With no internal optical drive, it stands to reason a lot of people will be copying files over the network. Would you notice the difference? Getting USB 3. One other item we need to bring up quickly: the pre-installed software caused a few problems.
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