Summary: We were excited to test out the Alienware M11x with Optimus, and the system really satisfies. Coupled with a Core i7 processor, the Nvidia graphics produced the highest frame rates we've seen in a system this size--not to mention nearly 6 hours of battery life. Not bad for a notebook with a current street price under $1,200. While we were dismayed by the fact that our first review sample froze, the second system sent to us by Alienware allayed our concerns.
Pros: Cool design, Innovative lighting features, Faster new Core i7 processor, Excellent gaming frame rates, Good battery life,
Summary: The Alienware M11x is a very intriguing machine. For $1,099, you're essentially getting two systems: a thin-and-light ULV laptop that's fairly portable, and can last nearly a full day on a charge, and a gaming rig that lets you play graphics-intensive games at more than comfortable frame rates.
Pros: Powerful switchable graphics, Stylish chassis and lighting, Stellar audio quality, Long battery life, Facial recognition works well,
Cons: Fan noise a little loud, Heavier than most 11-inch systems, Somewhat cramped keys
Summary: It's barely bigger than a large netbook like the Asus 1101HA or Sony Vaio X , but Alienware's latest laptop is anything but a lightweight. Packed underneath its H.R Giger-inspired shell are enough electronics to make this a tiny gaming marvel. The M11x looks exactly like a shrunken version of the desktop replacement systems the Alienware is more famous for.