Gaming monster comes to India – Dell Alienware range
Dell has launched its Alienware M17x and this represents premium performance in the Dell consumer product portfolio. On to some specs of the the 17” monster:
- Up to Dual 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 280M graphics processing units (GPUs)2 with SLI™ technology
- Configurable with Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme Quad-core overclockable Mobile Processor1
- Up to 8GB DDR32 1333MHz Memory
- 1TB3 7200RPM or 512GB of Solid State Storage Capacity (Raid 0)
- Optional Beyond HD resolution with a WUXGA 1200p (1920 x 1200) Edge-to-Edge LCD design
- Internal Wireless a/g/draft-n with MIMO (2x2) Technology
- AlienFX Illuminated Keyboard
- NVIDIA GeForce® 9400M G1 GPU with HybridPower™ technology
- Microsoft Windows Vista® (64 bit) [and free upgrade to Win 7 on availability]
My first impression of the machine was – it looks intimidating and big. With its alien face logo, front illuminated “bonnet” and lighted keyboard it reeks of aggression that gamers would dig. The size of the machine is not small either and it easily beats my Lenovo T61p in thickness. The machine is not light either. It is definitely something that you can’t be carrying around anywhere (i think this beast weighs over 5 kgs). So this fits more into desktop replacement category rather than portables.
The machine I got to play with had Vista Home Premium (64 bit) and scored a rating of 5.7 out of a max of 7.9. My existing workhorse T61p scores 5.1. The limiting factor in the rating was the hard disk score. So, my recommendation would be to go for 500GB SSD if you are going to buy this m/c.
If there is anything that I found lacking on the machine, it was the track pad on the device that wasn’t as responsive as one would expect it to be. Also, the body of the machine could have been given a better feel. currently it feels “plastic” like.
So, if you are enamored by this powerhouse you will need to shell out INR 1,40,000 + taxes. OK. I never said this was going to be cheap either! At this rate, it is only affordable for a serious gamer..
Alienware is the ferrari (on second thoughts – ford mustang) of the gaming world. Blazing with muscles second to none, it is a device that gets you the look!