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And, so, the great wheel of time turns. At least, a smidgen in this case.
If you've seen Alienware's last generation m14x, you won't be surprised by this new generation: it's the same thing, with different insides. Same goes for the bigger m17x and m18x models. The only real thing of note is that our favourite pint-sized gaming machine, the m11x, is now an ex-parrot. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible.
- USB 3.0: 2
- USB 2.0: 1
- Optical: Blu-ray/DVD±RW
- Video: VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort
- Ethernet: gigabit
- Wireless: 2.4GHz 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
- Audio: 5.1, Sound Blaster Recon3Di
The unchanging aesthetic could be an issue for Alienware; in the face of increasingly thin and sharp-looking laptops, the gaming company has pretty much kept its look the same — thus, making the company appear stationary for years now.
There are limitations that other vendors don't face, of course — a full powered gaming machine usually requires a certain chunkiness, for one. As a brand that's meant to be pushing the envelope, on the laptop side, Alienware seems to have been content with replacing the letter inside, yet, leaving the envelope where it is.