Summary: Like its predecessors, the third-generation Alienware M11x offers equal parts style, gaming prowess, and portability. As the only true gaming notebook under 13 inches, the M11x is a must-have for anyone who needs a lightweight notebook that's capable of playing serious games. The keyboard layout is somewhat cramped and the Wi-Fi performance is lackluster, but overall the M11x continues to impress.
Summary: Equipped with Nvidia Optimus technology and new Core i5 and i7 processors, the updated 11.6-inch Alienware M11x has improved performance, but it takes a small step forward, not a quantum leap.
Pros: Solid gaming performance in a very compact form; improves on the original Core 2 Duo version; automatic Nvidia Optimus graphics switching; impressive built-in audio.
Cons: The Core i7 ULV processor is still slower than normal Core i7 processors; higher-end configs get too expensive; no optical drive for installing games.
Summary: Don't be fooled by its unchanged looks: the 2011 Alienware M11x makes big leaps forward in performance, graphics, and battery life, while keeping a reasonable price. Anyone looking for a portable gaming-ready laptop will have a hard time resisting the urge to pick one of these up.
Pros: This year's version of the Alienware M11x has markedly improved graphics performance and battery life, and the laptop's solid build, USB 3.0 ports, and impressive 5.1 surround-sound Klipsch speakers are also pluses.
Cons: The M11x still has a chunky chassis; also, the lack of an optical drive isn't a dealbreaker, but can be frustrating when installing games.
Conclusion: Squeezing a gaming machine into an 11-inch form factor is a challenge, and it's not quite clear if Dell has succeeded with the Alienware M11x. It's certainly powerful enough, but you're going to miss the optical drive - after all, most games still come on CD and many use a disk as part of their copy protection. It's also not as light as it might be, weighing in at about 2kg thanks to the battery - around the weight of a similarly configured 15-inch device.
Pros: Ultraportable gaming notebook with plenty of power
Summary: The Alienware M11x R3 has a solid build quality and its overall performance points to it being a good choice for gamers who are on the move, and who wouldn’t want to go through the trouble of travelling around with a bulkier gaming laptop.
An 11in Alienware gaming laptop with fast graphics and excellent build quality
Good Gear Guide.au
8 March 2011
Summary: Alienware's M11x is a good option for gamers who want something small and easy to carry around. It's an 11in laptop with a decent mid-range graphics chip and it can run old and new games alike. It's very well built and its lights look great at night. It's a product we'd be proud to own.
Pros: Excellent build quality, good battery life, fast graphics performance, 7200rpm hard drive, excellent touchpad, good looking lights
Cons: Doesn't have Gigabit Ethernet, Core 2 Duo CPU isn't ideal for taxing processing tasks
Summary: Alienware's miniature M11x has been around for less than six months, but a lot has changed since it blazed onto the scene. Back in March, it astonished us with its performance, small size and impeccable design. Since then, though, we’ve seen the arrival of rival ultra-portables like Acer’s Timeline X , not to mention a raft of particularly demanding games. So is the m11x still the lightweight laptop to own?